44182142_MSpending long periods of time in the car may not be something you typically look forward to, especially if you’re there because you have a long commute to work ahead of you.

But spending long hours in the car when you’re heading out for fun opens the door to anticipation, discovery, fun and even relaxation. Talk about goals!

There are so many places to discover, and when you travel by automobile, you have so many more chances for discovery. Traveling by plane or even train may get you there faster or save what some might consider the headache of driving. But you can’t pull a plane onto a side road to take the scenic route. And you can’t stop the train at the unique little roadside stand selling homemade crafts and fresh fruit.

Whether you set out on a weekend road trip or a weeklong vacation, once you pull onto the road you can leave worries and stress behind.

“There’s roads, and there’s roads,
And they call. Can’t you hear it?
Roads of the earth
And roads of the spirit…” ~Bruce Cockburn

Head out with no particular destination to see what you can find, or head out to a favorite mountain overlook or valley hideaway. The destination is not as important as the road that takes you there. What awaits you? What can you discover? The anticipation is tangible. As Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) said, “It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy… Let’s go exploring!” Now that’s a great goal.