Road Trips

Travel Inspiration: Road Trip Bloggers

I love traveling and exploring new places and one of my favorite ways to travel is to road trip! There’s just something about not only enjoying a destination, but exploring and discovering new things along the way. I was one when I took my first road trip and I’ve road tripped more than 100,000 miles since then. Along the way I’ve found a lot of travel inspiration from various road trip bloggers.

These bloggers share can’t miss roadside attractions, unique lodging, hole-in-the-wall restaurants that can’t be passed by and adventures to take in places you may never even have considered visiting. These bloggers inspire me to pack up and hit the road so I wanted to pass on that inspiration to you as you plan your next adventure! You can also find great road trip inspiration on Pinterest!

Road Trip Bloggers

Back Road Ramblers – Tara and Eric share about road tripping in the United States and have an interest in small town destinations, traveling with teens, hiking, glamping retreats and more.

Backroad Planet – Howard and Jerrry are from Florida and they travel off the beaten path and share out-of-the-way historical places, scenic routes and the hole-in-the-wall places you just can’t miss.

Dang Travelers – David and Angela are obsessed with travel and highlight amazing locations, pass along budget-friendly tips, share our favorite travel resources, and to post about our journey from part-time to full-time travel.

Exploration America – You’ll have the opportunity to follow this family of five as they explore America one city at a time.

My Road Trip Marriage – The name says it all for Jerry and Rebecca.

If you're looking for some travel inspiration, these road trip bloggers will inspire you to pack a bag and hit the road for your next adventure!
One Road at a Time – Abi and Patti have lived on both coasts and they now redefine retirement one road at a time.

Roost and Wander – Nikki shares a great mix of travel and recipes/traditions from life at home.

Travel Inspired Living – Tonya started her blog in a 31-foot motorhome and has grown and evolved to share thoughts on family travel, travel in the US, cooking in hotel rooms, and as every good road tripper needs…Tonya shares roadside attractions!

Have you been on any road trips lately? Are there other road trip bloggers that inspire you to hit the road for your next adventure?

Road Trip Week: Reasons to Road Trip

One of the reasons this blog is called, “Girl on the Move,” is because I love traveling…I am literally a girl on the move.  And while I love all kinds of traveling, one of my favorite ways to travel is on a road trip.  So this week is Road Trip Week!  This is a week where I get to share my love of road trips, convince you to take one of your own, and help you have the best road trip possible.  Today, we’re kicking things off with reasons to road trip!

Not sure why I’m qualified to convince you to take a road trip?  It’s quite simple really…I’ve taken a couple hundred hundred thousand miles worth of road trips.  Yup, you read that right!  A COUPLE HUNDRED THOUSAND miles of road trips in just over 30 years.  I’m pretty sure that number qualifies me to convince you to take a road trip!  And now a look at reasons to road trip….

  1. You have control.  When you take a road trip, you have so much more control over your travel plans.  Want to stop at fun breakfast place and get a late start on the day?  No worries, you choose when your car leaves.  Want to stop and see a funky roadside attraction?  No problem, you control when, where, and how often you stop during the day.  When you fly your plane is going to depart and arrive at a designated time (or at least it’s supposed to lol) and so you lose spontaneity.
  2. You can pack as much as you want.  When you head out in your car, you’re not limited to 3-oz bottles of liquid that fit into a quart size bag.  Nope!  You can bring the Costco size version of your favorite shampoo if you want.  Not sure which shoes you’ll want on the trip?  Bring them all…you’re not limited to a bag that will fit in the overhead bin or will cost you $75 to check.  You can take as much as you want!
  3. The views! I will admit that I have seen some pretty amazing views from my window seat on the airplane but it just doesn’t compare to the views I’ve seen on road trips.  An up close and personal look at mountains, deserts, raging rivers, small towns, thriving cities…I’ve seen it all from my car.  And going back to #1, because you are in control you can stop the car at any point and get out and experience the view for yourself.
  4. Quality time.  This is probably going to sound crazy to most people, but I love the quality time you get with friends and family when you take a road trip.  One of my craziest road trip experiences was one day after my brother-in-law arrived in the United States for the first time (yup, you read that right…ONE day!) and our family set off on a two-week road trip around the country.  It was absolutely priceless to be able to get to know my brother-in-law and see him experience the United States for the very first time (and trains. and snow. and so much more!)
  5. Time freezes.  All of travel leaves you with memories, but there is just something about the added road trip time that gives you extra special moments.  It’s like this break between your regular life and your travel life where time seems to freeze and you build up memories and moments.  I have childhood memories of my brother zapping things with a garage door opener, getting new boxes of car activities each morning from my mom, seeing new states with my family and just getting to hit pause on life to make memories with each other.

What are your thoughts on road trips?  What has been your favorite road trip?  What are your reasons to road trip?

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OC International Auto Show

One of the things I am most passionate about is travel…specifically road trips! If you’ve been following my blog or social media for any length of time, you know I road trip regularly. In the past year I’ve done 15,000+ miles and there are more road trips to come in the next year!

So it’s only fitting that for a girl on the move, you need a great set of wheels! Which is why I’m excited like a kid on Christmas morning about the upcoming OC Auto Show…I mean, the show features more than 500 new vehicles from 34 manufacturers, 100-plus vehicles to test drive, an Exotic Gallery, concept vehicles, crossovers, sports cars, alternative fuel options and more…this road trip girl is going to be in HEAVEN!!!

Orange County International Auto Show 2015

And it gets better because Camp Jeep® Anaheim will be there…and since I drive a Jeep I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to head out with professional 4×4 drivers on a thrilling adventure along a rugged test track with an 18-ft. high, 35-degree hill climb up the iconic Jeep® Mountain; teetering, extreme three-wheeling across an 8-ft. high, 50-ft long Trail Rated Pass; and adrenaline-inducing terrain that simulates fallen logs! You can pretty much guarantee my time at the OC Auto Show is going to be EPIC!

And you’ll probably want to make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Periscope to catch all of the action!

And get this, it gets better…because I have tickets to give away!!!

Here are a few details about the OC Auto Show and info on how you can win a pair of tickets!!

*The OC Auto Show is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center

*The show opens at 4pm on Thursday, October 15 and runs through Sunday, October 18

*You can head to their website for ticket information and more details

As for how you can win, it’s really quite simple…leave a comment below telling me why you want to go to the OC Auto Show!

Bonus Entries: If you follow me on Instagram and/or Periscope (comment below to let me know you followed) you’ll get extra entries!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to the show for myself and to giveaway.

Utah and Colorado Road Trip

I absolutely love taking road trips!  If the 15,000+ miles in road trips I’ve completed in the past year weren’t already enough evidence, I would point to the sheer number of road trips I’ve taken in my life (I would dare say it’s close to the triple digits!)  There is just something so beautiful about seeing nature from the road instead of from an airplane.  Having the ability to pull over to the side of the road when you want to see more and stick to your own schedule are just some of the reasons I love road trips.  I’m also pretty sure my love of road trips comes straight from my parents!  My dad has a collection of more than 30 Rand McNally road atlases including a vintage 1947 atlas and my mom is an expert on road trips with kids!

Road Trip through Utah and Colorado

This summer I took a road trip through Utah and Colorado and I’ll get into more details in some upcoming posts (like the food and hiking I did!) I wanted to just take you on a visual tour through these two absolutely beautiful states.  And if you have the opportunity I would highly recommend a trip through Utah and Colorado!

Tweet: Take a virtual road trip through Utah and Colorado with @jmdenouden http://bit.ly/1EDOmwJ #travel #utah #colorado

Utah Road Trip

Road trip through Utah and Colorado with Girl on the Move

Utah Road Trip 3

Road trip through Utah and Colorado with Girl on the Move

Road trip through Utah and Colorado with Girl on the Move

What are your thoughts on road trips?  Do you have any great road trip memories?  What is your dream road trip?

Road Trip Bingo with PEZ Hedz

Our family takes a lot of road trips…in the last 12 months we’ve taken three road trips longer than 2000 miles! And because we’ve been taking family road trips since I was a baby we have learned a few things about how to have a successful road trip.  One thing that is incredibly important is to have things to do in the car…other than electronic devices because those don’t encourage bonding…so when I first see these new PEZ Hedz I knew they’d be perfect for a game of Road Trip Bingo!

The new PEZ Hedz are premium soft candy chews made in delicious flavors and fun designs, like those you would see on top of a traditional PEZ dispenser. The great thing is that they are vegetarian, gelatin free, gluten free, 99% fat free, and peanut and tree nut free.

They come in a variety of yummy flavors…strawberry, raspberry, cherry, peach, grape, and more.

And they make the perfect Bingo playing pieces! Download Road Trip Bingo boards for your next family road trip

Road Trip Bingo is a great way to keep kids, and adults, occupied while you spend hours in the car getting to your next destination.

You can download our Road Trip BINGO to use on your next trip and order your PEZ Hedz online or at select local retailers.

Don’t forget to pin this post so you remember it for your next trip and if you’re looking to add to your travel bucket list check out my travel board on Pinterest!

Will you be taking any road trips this summer? What’s the furthest you’ve ever gone on a road trip?


Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by PEZ. All opinions are my own.