How to survive a road trip (and make your travel companion love you)


SPONSORED: I received free samples from Procter & Gamble in preparation of writing this piece. This post reflects my personal opinion and was not influenced by the sponsors.

Road trips can be So Much Fun… but they also have the potential to go horribly wrong. You know what I’m talking about. Whether you’re travelling with a friend or a significant other, nothing tests your relationship like being crammed together in a car for hours on end. Just sayin’.

But that’s only if you’re not prepared. Here are five things to keep in mind before you hit the road:

1. Discuss the driving. Are you going to alternate? Or does your car-mate prefer doing most, or none, of the driving? Figure it out in advance, and discuss what you’re both comfortable with. (Personally, a drive through Montreal, at night, in rush hour, is my worst nightmare. You?)

2. Be helpful. When you’re not behind the wheel, try to be of service. It’s only fair. Have the map on hand so you can handle navigation. And keep your driver friend well-fed and watered. (Pass his beverage with a straw so he can take sips, and give him bite-sized portions of the snacks so he can keep concentrating on the road.)

3. Share the entertainment. Fighting over music is such a buzzkill! Obviously, it’s better if you can agree in advance on your road trip playlist… but if not, decide who gets control—the driver? Or will you split the tune time 50/50?

4. Take driving breaks. Frequent pit stops are what road trips are all about, peeps. Think tacky tourist traps, roadside fruit and vegetable sellers and scenic viewpoints. This is one instance where it’s more about the journey than the destination. A couple of my faves: The Big Apple on the 401 enroute to Kingston, and Magnetic Hill in NB.

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Thursday, March 29/2012 at 12:39 pm

I LOVE your BeautyEditor blog.
But I HATE these road trip/Febreze posts because they have nothing to do with beauty.


Monday, April 2/2012 at 1:26 am

I’m sorry to say I second this


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, April 3/2012 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for your feedback. I’m very selective about the advertisers I bring on—as often as possible I try to offer readers a benefit; in this case the chance to win a great prize pack. This particular campaign had a series of four posts—the first two had a beauty angle, but to your point, the second two did not. All four are clearly marked “sponsored” so as to make it easy for readers who are not interested in paid content to skip over them.

To keep BEAUTY EDITOR running, I do need to have advertising. While the site is definitely a labour of love, I still have to invest a great deal of time creating the content, and money making sure the site is running on a fast server and properly designed/maintained.

I hope that helps clarify, and we’ll of course take the feedback on board.


Wednesday, April 4/2012 at 1:48 am

Fair point! Nothing could deter me from visiting this site regularly anyway!


Thursday, March 29/2012 at 6:35 pm

went on a month long road trip cross-country with someone i was interested in (acquaintance from high school whom i lost touch with)… we drove each other nuts but ended up together in a relationship. it was a blast! but you definitely need time apart and need to talk about certain things… especially money management.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, April 3/2012 at 5:33 pm

Wow, that’s great! I love that the road trip brought you guys closer :)


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