Cross Country Trip……A Year Later

cross country 1 year later

Exactly one year ago today (July 1st) I had the opportunity to do something that I wanted to do for a while, drive cross country. It doesn’t even feel like it has been a year. If I had the chance to do it again, I would in a heartbeat. The two weeks on the road were some of the best times that I’ve ever had. It’s a feeling that I am actively trying to create again. Being able to travel without any restraint is definitely part of my end game.

Since that trip I’ve learned a few things that I want to share with you all. These tips can help you with anything that you want to accomplish.

Plan 

Planning is the key to making anything happen. Whenever you want to complete a goal take some time to plan it. Good planning helps you with the steps needed to complete your goal.

Get out of your comfort zone 

Before the trip I had never drove that far before. I was nervous but I made it happen. Getting out of your comfort zone opens your life up to new possibilities. A lot of things are scary in the beginning; you just have to continue to make strides. One day your goal will be reached. For me getting out of my comfort zone allows me to grow and become a better person.

Believe that you can do it

Before I took the trip last year I always believed that I could do it. I didn’t know how, but I always believed. With planning and hard work I made it happen. You can too.

Enjoy the experience

Whenever you’re doing something make sure that you enjoy the experience. Enjoying different experiences is one of the best parts of life. I made sure to document the cross country trip with pictures, videos and I even wrote a journal. I did that for two reasons. The first reason is to help me remember specific details of the trip. The second reason is to use this as motivation to help me accomplish my next goal.

In case you missed it, here are the Interstate 10 Trip post links:

I-10 Part 1

I-10 Part 2

I-10 Part 3

I-10 Part 4

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  1. Hi Jason; so what is your next big goal? maybe we can help with the planning. also, i thought it was important that you mentioned enjoying the journey. so often it becomes all about goals and completion but even those wrong turns and rough roads can make you laugh or at least grin as long as you remind yourself to have fun. thanks for sharing, max
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  2. Getting out of your comfort zone is definitely a way to grow. You will be able to recreate that feeling very soon.
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  3. A cross-country trip sounds awesome! Twice growing up my family drove to Florida and back. It was a ton of fun, but I haven’t done anything close to that for quite some time. Hopefully my wife and I can do something like that one of these Summers.
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  4. Spontaneous travel is literally the food of my soul. I would LOVE to do a cross-country trip through America. I think it’s always scary taking the plunge, but also really, really rewarding. I look forward to hearing some new travel stories in your future… maybe? :P
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  5. Hi Jason – I like the steps you outlined – they can certainly help in all areas of life. I’m glad you were able to have the trip.
    Lenie
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  6. I have always wanted to drive cross country, too. Almost made it happen this summer, but the situation changed and I won’t be doing it. Sounds lovely and this is definitely on my bucket list. So glad you have fond memories of your journey!
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  7. Jay

    Jason,
    These steps are so global that they can apply to all aspects of life, including blogging. My wife and I were just talking about getting an RV and driving across country. Hopefully one day we will begin planning and driving.
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  8. Jason- I have driven across country many times. You will find things and places that you missed the first time. It is a big country out there as they say.
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  9. It sounds like a total dream trip. I love that you took the opportunity to do all kinds of things while you were on the road, you didn’t just see, you engaged.
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  10. These are great tips for a long trip. Good for you on making it. I’ve yet to have the pleasure of going from coast to coast.
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  11. It’s been awhile since I took a purely indulgent road trip, but they really do make for some good times.
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  12. It’s been a very long time since I’ve taken a trip like this. Your tips are great for trips like these. I need to think about doing one in the near future. I know it would be fun. :-)
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  13. This sounds like a great time! What great fun and I truly do admire the courage that a trip like this summons! Ha! I’m impressed that you made it! Laugh! Wonderful read Jason:)
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  14. Hi Jason,
    The funny thing about doing something memorable, such as a cross-country trip, is that it plays on your mind, and keeps playing until the desire to relive the experience is so strong, you find yourself doing the same thing.

    You’re spot on when you say, “Enjoy the experience.” Two years ago in September, my wife and I did a major road trip through 23 states in 8 weeks.
    I hear the California and Oregon coast calling my name. :)

    Have a great week!
    Bill
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  15. Getting out of your comfort zone usually opens up possibilities. The first step is always the scariest.
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  16. Love your tips for road trips.
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  17. Tim

    I find there is little of more comfort than getting out of your comfort zone. By that I mean the exhilaration, excitement, and anticipation of the unknown and lets not forget the ultimate reward of satisfaction.
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  18. I always think of a cross country trip happening on I-40, but come to think of it, I’ve done a good portion of I-10 also. It’s a great way to see communities different from your own. Great tips!
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  19. My husband and I were in NYC on 9/11. Consequently we couldn’t get a flight back to California. He cleverly called a truck rental place and they had one. We went all the way in a small truck. Still, our 2 suitcases looked lonely in the back. It was such a strange time and our odd choice of transportation added to it.
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  20. William Rusho

    I am not sure I would be capable of such a trip, emotionally or physically. Kudos to you.

  21. Planning is key in achieving your goals, regardless of what they might be. Of course, you also need flexibility, which most people forget!
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  22. Mina Joshi

    Driving cross country has always been fun when someone else was driving me. However, last week I drove up north and back and I couldn’t believe how tiring it was!! My one mistake was not taking plenty of breaks on the journey – and when I did the queues for food at the Service Station irritated me so much that I almost lost my temper. Now I realise that I should have planned better – packed a picnic in a cool box and decided where I would stop for a break.

  23. What fun! I hadn’t read your I-10 posts so I visited each of those to learn more about your trip. Being from Texas I am quite glad that you enjoyed your time in my home state. Yes, San Antonio is a wonderful city with culture, art and plenty to see! If you make your way back, be sure to check out Mi Tierra Cafe – it’s one of those legendary places (with the best corn tortillas I’ve ever had)! Don’t you think that once you set a goal, plan for it, begin the journey and finally, complete the goal – that it builds your confidence?! Not just for new goals but for embracing those things that are outside your comfort zone. Your trip sounds like a delightful one!
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  24. Jason, this sounds awesome. I’d never thought a cross country trip would include riding along the south coast and the Mexican border. It really makes me want to reevaluate the plans I’ve drawn up that would just go mostly along I-64 to Colorado.
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