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7 Ways to Have a Healthy Road Trip

6. Hit the trails.

Can’t afford a trip to Argentina? Hike the Appalachian Trail or any number of other nature trails across the country for a day or two. (You have to really do it, though. Just telling your staff you’re doing it, leaving your car there, and catching a plane south of the border doesn’t count.) Or research the trails near your destination, and include some day hiking in your itinerary.

How spending time in nature changes your mood and your personality.

7. Try the rails.

If you live near an Amtrak station, pick a city a few hours, or even a day, away, and discover somewhere new. Or, visit and combine your camping trip with a bike ride (or hike) along an old rail line that’s been converted to a nature trail.

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4:03PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012


7:58AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

One more thing......

Leave the kids with your mother and enjoy a free kid holiday............................

4:14PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

noted with thanks

2:52AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

These are not just 7 tips these are most beneficent

10:38PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Thank you. Good basics suggestions.

7:34AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

good ideas

3:44PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011


12:28PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Being someone who used to pack everything she needed for a trip in a single duffel bag, I passed those lessons on to my kids. However, with the economy in the sad shape it's in, these days the closest we get to a vacation is when my husband has a day off from work. Community festivals are as close as we get to one-you can make a day of it, and it's free besides! This month's "excursion" will be to the Agricultural Expo in our town at the end of the month (it's our county's version of a county fair). It's a terrific event, and the kids love it!

12:50PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

The first four tips were very helpful. I wasn't aware of the fluid build-up during sleep. No wonder it's so much harder to pack in the morning.

The last three really had nothing to do with the "road trip" as I know it. They may be good tips for a vacation in general, but how does "hit the rails" help me when traveling to a destination by car (which is how I think of a road trip)?

Maybe a different title would be more descriptive of the actual article. Oh well. As the great Willie Nelson likes to sing,

"I can't wait to get on the road again".

12:00PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Thank you!

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Thanks for posting - a lot of these sound positively yummy!

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