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5 of the Best Road Trip Movies That Will Spark Your Wanderlust

5 of the Best Road Trip Movies That Will Spark Your Wanderlust

When was the last time you went on a road trip that ended up as one of the most unforgettable journeys you’ve had? If it has been a while that you have been out for a long and scenic drive to somewhere, now is always a good time to start planning for that trip. And if are looking for some inspirations or curious about what makes road trips such amazing adventures, here are some of the best movies you need to see.

1. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

This movie follows the (mis)adventures of bosom buddies Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) as they set out to return a suitcase loaded with cash that was left in Harry’s car. Unbeknownst to them, there’s more to the story of the money than meets the eye. Watch as what seems like two of the stupidest people in the world travel across the country in search of the suitcase’s owner with the police and hired guns on their heels.

2. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

What happens when a dysfunctional family piles up into a VW bus and travels across the country to get their daughter to the finals of a beauty pageant? Little Miss Sunshine is a funny, twisted, and poignant comedy-drama and adventure film that showcase the weirdness and quirks surrounding each member of the family.

3. Rain Man (1988)

Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) has his eyes set on the $3 million his estranged father left to the mental facility where his highly autistic brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), who he only recently found out he had, lives. He decides to take Raymond with him back to Los Angeles. The road trip which started out as a plan motivated by money turned into a transformative experience for both brothers.

4. Thelma & Louise (1991)

Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) sets out for two-day road trip that took a disastrous turn. The two friends ended up with murder as Louise ended up killing a man who attempted to rape her friend. They decided to escape from the police and head out to Mexico.

5. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

“Let the world change you and you can change the world”, so says the man who embarked on an epic adventure in South America on board a motorcycle. Ernesto “Che” Guevara (Gael García Bernal) and friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna) travels from Brazil to Peru. The trip had a profound impact, especially to the latter whose beliefs and outlook in life have been forever changed by their encounters on the road.

Eating Well on the Road

Eating Well on the Road

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Road trips, especially ones that take you in scenic roads, offer great visual and experiential treats. But driving for hours can be tiring. And you need to fuel up not just your car, but also your body to recharge and keep you energized for a long drive. But finding healthy eats on the road can be a challenge. While you can always settle for whatever snacks you can grab, it would still be nice to have a eating something filling and healthy. Here are some ways to get your fill of delicious and nutritious meals and snacks on your road trips.

Pack some meals and snacks. Eating well during road trips is easier when you bring your own stash. Prepare your own snacks and quick meals before you hit the road. Pack some healthy snacks such as nuts, crackers, fruits, and granola bars among others. You can also bring some sandwiches for a quick lunch or dinner. Bring water bottles that you can refill on your pit stops.

Plan your pit stops. Eating healthy on a road trip is possible when you plan ahead. Schedule food stops so you do not have give in to cravings every time you see a restaurant or coffee shop sign.

Read food descriptions and labels. Familiarize yourself with any healthy food list you can find before taking your trip. Anticipate the types of restaurants you are likely to encounter while on the road. Know your options ahead of time so you will have a fairly good idea of which type of snacks or meals you should pick.

Choose the healthier options. Eating healthy on road trips can be a real challenge if your choices are limited to fast food joints. Luckily, a lot of big chains now offer more nutritious options in their menu. Take the time to study the menu and read the descriptions. Pick healthy salads, go easy on dressings, and other extras. If you want the more traditional fast food fares, portion control would be your safest bet. Avoid supersized meals and stick to the more basic or smaller portions on the menu.