Roadtripping for Introverts

By Emma

Everyone loves a good road trip. Even if only “in theory.” Being stuck in a tin can for 1,000 miles with other humans can be draining, even for the most extroverted of introverts. Here’s a few quick tips to help make things slightly less terrible when all you want to do is fling yourself out the back window halfway through the South Dakotan wasteland. 

  1.  Find a Routine

Obviously this can be difficult, and I’m definitely not suggesting you plan your minutes down to the T (unless you’re that kind of traveler, of course!), but try to do at least one thing everyday that is the same as the day before. Pick something that is solitary and either restores your energy at the end of a long day or prepares you for the long day ahead. Examples include:

  • Drink a cup of tea with or before breakfast
  • Read a chapter of a book every night. Bonus points if it’s something light and fluffy and created for no other reason then pure entertainment. But heavy reading is cool too.  
  • Go for a walk/run. Depending on where you’re roadtripping, you may be doing a bit of hiking already. But sometimes it’s nice to go off on your own for a few minutes at sunrise or sunset. 
  • Journaling 
  1. Communicate with your travel partners

Are you an over-planner of seat-of-your-pantser? Do you get stressed out easily or do you just let your extravert friends do all the talking while you sit back and relax? Do you know what you’re comfortable with, and more importantly, do you know how to communicate this to others? If you already have a pretty good idea what you are like prior to the trip, let your travel buddies know exactly what your boundaries are. Take a day trip with each other to test everything out. Take some time to discuss what you’re going into.

  1. Bring something familiar

A pillow. A blanket. Embrace your inner child. Do what you gotta do to feel comfortable.

Honestly, group road trips aren’t always the best travel style for introverts. But that doesn’t mean you should miss out on the positive aspects. With a little preparation, they can be a lot of fun. The most important thing to do is to know what you’re getting into, and know how to prepare yourself for the best and the worst. 

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