One of the greatest things about going on a road trip is that you never know what you are going to do. Sure, you can have an idea of where you want to go and big stops you want to make, but you never know what you will see along the way. Be spontaneous.
As a part of our trip, we had to go through Illinois and Kentucky. We were basically clipping the edge of each state and had planned on getting through both states along with part of Missouri and Tennessee. Because we knew we would have such a short amount of time in each state, we didn’t even look to see if there was anything for us to see as we passed through.
As we crossed the border into Illinois we knew we needed a break. We stopped at the next rest stop expecting to be back on the road within 10 minutes. As we left the rest stop we saw a small sign saying “Giant Superman Statue.”
We were intrigued by this and decided to start following the signs, unsure where we would end up. About 15 minutes later we found ourselves in front of a giant superman statue in the middle of superman’s hometown, Metropolis. This small town in Illinois had dedicated themselves completely to superman with a museum, gift shop and old fashioned car with a sign for the Daily Planet Newspaper.
This detour ended up being a highlight of the trip. We found that the most important part of a road trip is to be curious. It is ok to get off schedule and break away from your plans for a little while. It will actually probably make your trip better!
Plans can often make a trip go more smoothly, but if you plan too much, you will loose your sense of adventure which is incredibly important on a trip like traveling across the country.