We have been driving from Akron,Ohio to Hilton Head and back for 13 years. Janet once made the trek in a little over 10 1/2 hours. It cost her $ 110 when a Virginia state trooper clocked her at 85. I can do it in a little over 11 if weather, traffic, and road construction are good. It’s a bit of a grind, stopping just twice, combining refueling with bathroom stops. If the dogs make the journey with us, it takes 12 hours. Over the years we have found some ways to make the trip seem shorter, even enjoyable.
Hilton Head Drive- Tip 1- Listen to a Book
It started as “books on tape”, or recorded audio books on cassette tapes that we borrowed from the library or purchased. Then as technology improved it became “books on CD’s”. We would buy one at a Cracker Barrel in Akron and then return it along the route for a refund of about 90% (from memory). These days we download books through audible.com to an iPhone and play it through the auxiliary port on the car sound system. No matter what technology you have, listening to a good book makes the time fly by. On a recent trip we listened to the unabridged version of John Grisham’s latest book, “Sycamore Row”. It was long enough to entertain us on both legs of the trip, and so captivating we almost didn’t want to get out of the car when we arrived before it finished!
Hilton Head Drive- Tip 2- Listen to Podcasts
Another trip shortening trick we have discovered is Podcasts. If you are not familiar with the term, a podcast is similar to a radio show- usually without commercials- that can be downloaded from ITunes. We have some favorites including, Pat Flynn’s “Smart Passive Income“, Mark Sisson’s “Primal Blueprint“, and “Your Bet Your Garden” by former Organic Gardening editor Mike McGrath. There are hundreds of topics to choose from. The best thing about Podcasts is they are free!
Hilton Head Drive- Tip 3- Make Plans/Solve a Problem
Like most people, Janet and I run at 100 miles per hour most days. Taking the time to make business or personal plans often gets put to the side. We have found that 12 hours in the car together can be a wonderful time to tackle a problem, or do some brainstorming. We both use our Ipads for note taking, but the voice recorder function on a cell phone, or even old fashioned pencil and paper works well for recording ideas for later. We often save a topic for our rides and usually find that our car trips, where we are free from many of our daily distractions, provide a great opportunity for moving our projects and plans forward. Next time you make a long car trip, leave with the goal of solving one problem. You will be amazed at what you accomplish and how fast the time goes.
These are some of our tricks for making the Ohio to Hilton Head drive seem faster. We would love to hear your suggestions and comments. Safe travels!