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I have been sharing a lot from our Raleigh trip via Instagram (us all packed up, the coolest cafe/restaurant + flower shop, and a couple more) and I’m so excited to finally be spilling all the details today!
Joshua and I had the opportunity to drive a 2019 Toyota Corolla, which was the icing on the cake for our little road trip to Raleigh, NC. A little back story, before I dive in, Joshua and I have both lived near Raleigh and been there several times. However, neither of us had ever really explored the state capital. Minus dining at a few restaurants and visiting a museum for a school trip. Prior to our trip, we had said for years we were going to spend some time taking in downtown Raleigh and all it had to offer. And thanks to our Local Toyota Dealer we finally made it happen!
Joshua and I love to use road trips to reconnect and soak in all of the quality time they offer! So along with spilling the details on our trip with a 48 hour Raleigh NC itinerary, we’re also sharing five ways to reconnect on a road trip!
Five Ways to Reconnect on a Road Trip
Be present for the quality time Road Trips present
Road trips offer a lot of quality time. By that I mean, all of those hours you spend in the car driving to your destination and driving home. Be present for this time. Don’t spend it on your phone scrolling Instagram (I am 100% guilty of this at times) or on your laptop working. I know, I know, you have a lot to get done. However, this time is important and has the ability to be completely uninterrupted quality time. So put down the phone, forget about work for a bit, and use this time to TALK with your significant other. Find out how they’re doing, how you are doing as a couple, and what you’re most excited about when you arrive at your destination.
Create and document memories
Trips are the perfect time to create memories. After all, you’re most likely exploring somewhere completely new together or introducing your significant other to a spot that is special to you. So again, be present and create those memories together. While also being sure to document those memories. One of the best ways to reconnect is to reminisce about a trip you both loved, where fond memories were created. So by documenting them, you’ll not only be reconnecting on this trip but also on a later date.
If you want to skip taking your phone around with you (a good idea so you’re not tempted to check social media or email) opt to bring a digital camera or a polaroid camera. After your trip you could create a DIY Polaroid Display and reflect on the memories made daily.
Try Something New or Different
Stop at a scenic spot along the way, bring a picnic to enjoy halfway to your destination at a park or rest area, or look up a road trip game you’ve never played before. All of these are ways you two can do something together and have fun with!
Joshua and have played mad-libs which is something I had never done on a road trip before. It was hilarious to hear what we both thought of when it was time to say a verb, adjective, noun, etc. We also learned that I need to study my verbs, adjectives, nouns, etc. haha.
Let’s be real y’all, intimacy is one of the best ways to reconnect. And it doesn’t get much sweeter than holding your sweetie’s hand. So interlace your fingers between your loves. You’ll instantly feel a little closer (you are after all) and this will just set the tone for your trip! There’s going to be hand holding as your exploring your destination, sidewalk kisses prior to crossing the street, and little hug snuggles while you wait for your table to be ready at dinner. Which leads me right into the final tip…
Plan a Date Night After Arrival
You’re away, you’re reconnecting, and enjoying uninterrupted time together. So plan a date night! You’ll have the opportunity to try something new while spending the evening talking away! I recommend making reservations in advance so you forgo too long of a wait and one of you getting angry!
Also, now it the time to live it up, maybe get a little dressed up and make reservations at a snazzy little place! Nothing is better than seeing your significant other all dressed up for you! Joshua dressed up = me melted!
Bonus: Don’t over plan
If you over plan you two may end up at each other’s throats vs. bonding and reconnecting. Leave time in between planned adventures and meals. Time to wonder around exploring and time to sleep in, snuggle, and again, enjoy this time together!
2019 Toyota Corolla
Let’s talk another way we were able to reconnect and keep from road trip frustrations, the 2019 Toyota Corolla. You may be laughing and saying, “Laura, how does a car allow you to reconnect and keep you from road trip frustrations?”. Two words y’all, NAVIGATION SYSTEM. No getting lost, no concern over when to turn, and no having to find where your phone dropped. For someone who worries constantly about being lost or when to turn, this was heaven to me. Especially since phones were to be away to soak in that quality time!
I was also blown away by the interior of this vehicle. Two words to describe it luxurious and sophisticated. From the elegant and high-tech dashboard with navigation (seriously, loved it), XM Radio (Joshua’s favorite), a high-quality backup camera, and touch screen controls. Everything we wanted and needed was quite literally at our fingertips! The backup camera was an additional feature I personally loved and now desperately want! So helpful with all of the parallel parking required in downtown Raleigh. Seriously #praise backup cameras!
Also, I couldn’t have been more excited about the blue hue. This particular shade packs a little fun and excitement without being too much. Not to mention, blue is my favorite color!
Below you’ll find a full 48 hour Raleigh NC Itinerary.