I won’t lie to you, I love Buzzfeed. Read “love” as “spend too much time on” or “may likely be addicted to” Buzzfeed. In fact, if you really want me to read something, the best way to catch my attention is which a numerical list filled with pretty pictures, funny gifs, and a minimum on the text. Next to Pinterest, it’s my favorite Internet guilty pleasure. So while most of my pre-proposal research was spent looking up the adventure themed books that friends and colleagues had recommended, my next stop was (you guessed it) Buzzfeed. It may not be the most academic of sources, but damn they have their multimedia down.
Before I delve into the specifics, let me give you a quick recap as to what exactly I’m researching. I’ve always had a desire in the back of my mind to someday with somebody take a road trip to someplace and not come back for a long, long time. Until talking to a professional mentor who had done pretty much exactly that (a solo, ten month, post undergrad tour of the US), it never occurred to me that, “Hey, I can do that after I graduate, why not?!” And why not indeed? I know for certain that I am not alone in having dreams of adventure but no specified date to take off. Something always gets in the way–money, time, not having the right travel companions, or a perception that now isn’t the right time. So what made me curious was what were the incendiary moments that pushed people past their objections and made travel not only a desire but an undeniable need. I turned to books for the lengthy, in depth answers; I turned to Buzzfeed for the sometimes humorous and in general collaborative answers.
1. You can experience a genre in a whole new way.
2. Apparently, on solo road trips you can take whatever route you fancy, embrace fast food induced flatulence, and serenade your steering wheel without apology to anyone.
3. And you can do what I’m trying to do: explore some really great road trip related readings to put your finger on “Why do it, anyways?”