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10 Things To Do On Long Island Before The End of Summer

It’s the words that no one on Long Island wants to hear, “summer is almost over.” We wait all year for these three months, just to have them disappear shortly after they’ve finally arrived. With the sun setting before 8pm again, it’s tough to deny it but Fall will be here before we know it.

Summer on Long Island is the absolutely best and cannot be matched. It really flies by every year. I’m happy I was able to make it out east, to Fire Island, and also to New York City. I swear, having all of those options right at your finger tips is what makes living on Long Island so great. With Fall approaching, there’s plenty more amazing things to do, but before we get there – here’s 10 things to do before the sun sets on sweet Summertime :

1. Go to A Concert At Jones Beach Theatre

Concerts are back and just in time for the end of Summer! Between the recent shows of Jason Aldean and Jimmy Buffet – the fun is never ending over at the Jones Beach Theatre. Pack your coolers and get ready to tailgate until the sun goes down! The best part of tailgating for concerts at Jones Beach is meeting all the other people who made the trip. You really meet some of the nicest humans from all over Long Island and beyond. Not to mention the actual concert is a blast – Listening to your favorite artists with the most picturesque backdrop just can’t be beat.

Check Out the Line-Up for Concerts at the Jones Beach Theatre!

2. Grab a Drink at Surf Shack

Located right off Ocean Parkway at Tobay Beach, in technically Massapequa, Surf Shack is exactly what it promises – a “Flip Flop Coastal Kitchen.” With great food and drinks this is a great spot to just relax and hang with friends or family. It’s not a bad place to catch a sunset or live out the last few days of summer.

Check Out Surf Shack’s Menu!

3. Have a Weekend Getaway on the North Forth

The North Fork of Long Island is the ultimate summer getaway. Staying away from the craziness of the Hamptons, the North Fork gives heavy stay-cation vibes with a big classy energy. Between exploring the wineries, cider house, and vodka distillery and shopping local at all the adorable farm stands, there are plenty of incredible restaurants waiting for you. Book an airbnb or stay at a quaint Bed and Breakfast to kick start an amazing summer getaway on the Northfork. Southhold, Greenport, and even Jamesport are great towns to spend a relaxing weekend!

4. Drive on Ocean Parkway During Sunset

This is for all my car lovers out there – There’s no better view of a Long Island sunset than the one from Ocean Parkway. With water on both sides, you get all the feels of summer from the comfort of your own vehicle. Roll down the windows and enjoy the breeze of ocean air. Looking to get out of your house and escape? Try this out. It’s a great little drive that will make you feel beyond content and ready to take on the next day!

5. Go For a Walk on The Jones Beach Boardwalk

There’s something about the South Shore Beaches – the ocean, the atmosphere, and the energy. Head down to the Jones Beach Boardwalk for a nice evening of relaxation and ocean views! When the beach goers start to leave, the craziness dies down and walking along the boardwalk you have the best views of the sunset. They recently added brand new volleyball courts, bocce ball courts, and little mini tennis courts. You can rent equipment and play or bring your own. There’s even a bird walk portion of the boardwalk. You can break off the main path and walk above the dunes to see all the wildlife that life in the area – great for kids and nature lover’s of all ages! Walking on the Jones Beach Boardwalk is not just a walk, there’s so much to do and so much to see. A must for any end of summer activity to do on Long Island.

6. Enjoy a Glass of Wine at Del Vino’s Vineyard in Northport

Don’t feel like driving in Hamptons traffic to head out east to grab a great glass of wine? Not a problem – Make a stop at Del Vino in Northport. Nestled away from major roads and Northport’s Main Street, when you are at Del Vino you are really taking a break from it all (Not like you really need to it’s not like we live in New York City)! With a wide array of wine and local beer to choose from, Del Vino is a great place to decompress after a tough work week. In my opinion, it is the perfect Long Island Summer date spot – so make your reservation and enjoy the end of summer at the vineyard!

7. Enjoy a Fishing Trip on a Boat Out of Captree

End your Long Island summer the right way with a fishing trip in the bay heading out of Captree! You can charter a boat yourself with a group of friends or family, or join in on a boat with other’s. Getting out to fish is easy on these charters, whether you’re a seasoned vet or a rookie. Historically these boats leave pretty early in the morning, so pack your lunch plenty of sunscreen and water and get ready for a day of fishing! If you get lucky you might even have some dinner to take home. For you night owls, there are also plenty of charters that leave in the evening. Regardless of when you choose to go, fishing out of Captree is a fun adventure to end summer for any group of friends of family!

8. Have a Beer at Port Jeff Brewery

Consider this some extra peer pressure to get get a Pier Pressure from Port Jeff Brewery. With an outdoor deck and plenty of seating, this brewery is the perfect spot to end a nice summer night. Between the amazing beer and amazing people, there’s not much else to want! Keep an eye out for dates where live music is playing – if you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does. Port Jeff Brewery has a great location right in the center of town – grab a beer before or after dinner, or run across the way and grab Ice Cream or Ralph’s! A quick trip to the Port Jeff Brewery can become a whole day outing in no time.

9. Spend a Day at the Beach at Robert Moses

A classic Long Island Beach Day is a staple of summer. Load up the car, grad lunch from the deli, pack the chairs and towels and head down to the south shore and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean at Robert Moses State Park. If you haven’t made it to the beach yet this summer, this is your sign to go make it happen.

* Pro Tip – pack sweat shirts and blankets and enjoy the sunset before packing up to head home!

10. Get Some Ice Cream from Kith Treats at Manhasset Americana

The original cereal infused ice cream? Sign me up. I may be excited to post this because I just recently found out this location existed. I used to plan city trips around getting this incredible ice cream, but not any more thanks to this great little location that is attached to Hirschleifers at Manhasset Americana. Pick between chocolate or vanilla ice cream in either a cup or shake and add your favorite toppings. They also have a menu to select from if you can’t make up your mind. My go to is “The Wifey” – something about the Nutella drizzle makes it the best thing on the entire menu. Plus they do collaborations with public figures so keep an eye out for new items added to the menu!


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5 Places You Need To Go To on The North Fork of Long Island

You’ve decided to head out east on Long Island – great choice! Whether you’re escaping the hectic New York City life or just looking for a weekend getaway from Nassau or Western Suffolk, the North Fork is a pretty great location. The North Fork is filled with scenic roads and country vibes. It’s really hard to believe how close it is to New York City because of how different it is out east. Low key vibes, one-lane roads, and farm stands on every corner – escaping to the North Fork is a must!

Here are 5 Places you need to visit when you are visiting the North Fork.

Kontokosta Winery

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Located in Greenport, New York, Kontokosta Winery is a real hidden gem. It is the only winery on the North Fork with views of the Long Island Sound. It really is the most picturesque vineyard I had been to. On 62 acres of property, Kontokosta has a beautiful barn style tasting room with high vaulted ceilings. You can relax inside, on an outdoor deck, or take a walk along the grass to the beautiful views on the sound. You really can’t go wrong at all when you visit Kontokosta!

Briermere Farms

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There are tons of farm stands and family businesses scattered throughout the North Fork, but none carries a bigger name than Briermere’s. A family business since 1961, Briermere’s has passed the test of time with straight A’s. Located on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, it is a pretty convenient first stop on your trip through the North Fork. I would say last stop, but if you wait til the end of the day all of the great baked goods will be gone. It’s a pretty hot commodity. Briermere is known for its pies, jams and jellies (all made from scratch). They are worth the drive, from wherever you are coming from. I promise you. Make sure you get there early to avoid the inevitable long line that wraps around the parking lot!

Lucharitos Taqueria & Tequila Bar

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Lucharitos is such an incredible lunch spot if you love tacos, burritos, and margaritas. With locations in Aquebogue and Greenport (and others opening soon across Long Island), you have multiple opportunities to grab some great food during your day. But be prepared, there will be a line and at least at 45 minute wait during peak hours at all locations. This spot is well loved and it is totally worth it! I would order ahead to pick up your food on your way out east or back to avoid waiting ! It also saves some time for the rest of your day’s adventures!

Lavender By The Bay

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When lavender is in bloom, you must stop by Lavender By The Bay! Two locations, one in Calverton and one in East Marion, offer the same amazing experience. The moment you pull up you will smell lavender, it can be kind of overwhelming but it really is incredible. On 15+ acres, you can pay to roam through the lavender fields and take all the Instagram-able pictures that you can dream of. They even have chairs set up throughout the fields to relax, take a break, and take in the beauty of the purple lavender all around you. Don’t forget to stop inside the store for some amazing smelling souvenirs! Pay attention to the website for official bloom dates to make sure you are going when the lavender is in full bloom!

Croteaux Vineyards

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Located in Southold, Croteaux really is a gem on the North Fork! It is the only vineyard in the United States that devotes itself to making Rose! With plenty of seating within a rustic barn and in the outdoor “Garden,” the walk-in only policy is not intimidating. The wine is amazing and so is the food! I highly recommend the lobster roll, which is only offered on weekends! There are so many places to relax and the scenery is beautiful, a day at Croteaux is not a bad idea at all. If you are a Rose lover, you need to make Croteaux a stop on your next trip to the North Fork of Long Island.


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7 United States Cities You Can Fly to For Under $375 Round Trip

I think it’s safe to say that people are struggling with staying in the same place. It’s been almost 8 months of the pandemic and slowly but surely more places are opening up. Although leaving the country is still not recommended, I’ve pulled together a list of some domestic travel options that will fulfill your travel desires and make your wallet happy.

Disclaimer – All these flights originate from NYC (LaGuardia or JFK, no one has time for flying out of Newark) and are all real flights for a long weekend trip on November 19 to November 22, 2020. With prices this crazy, I would check for any weekend and you may be shocked! I only included airlines that I personally would fly. So that means none of the fly for a few bucks but then we’ll screw you with bag fews and make you fly on a really old crappy plane that kinda seems like it shouldn’t be flying still and might fall apart in the air. Sorry for the run-on, but you get it. I got you.

There are so many amazing travel locations through the United States. So many look to travel international but forget about the beauty in our own 50 States. Use this post to plan a weekend getaway next year. Save it and Share it with you friends. For anyone still struggling with cabin fever, this will be your travel life line. Not only are these travel options cost-friendly, but the are to some incredible places that we all should visit at somepoint!


Los Angeles, California

American -Nonstop, JFK > LAX – $297 Roundtrip
JetBlue – Nonstop, JFK > LAX – $354 Roundtrip

Looking to escape to the West Coast? Now is your chance! You can’t beat these prices for nonstop flights for a long weekend in LA. Go hang with all the celebrities and influencers in Studio City or go get a workout in at Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach. LA is not just a nice warm getaway this time of year, but there is so much to do and so much to see.

Chicago, Illinois

United – Nonstop, LGA > ORD – $107 Roundtrip
American – Nonstop, LGA > ORD – $177 Roundtrip
Delta – Nonstop, JFK > ORD – $271 Roundtrip

Craving some deep dish pizza? Then you should already be booking your flight to Chicago! You can’t go wrong heading to the midwest to spend sometime in Chicago. With a many parks and great nightlife, it is a great destination for both those who like going out and those who are laid back on vacation. There will always been something for you to do. I can’t forget to mention the gorgeous skyline either. As the Hollywood of the midwest, you won’t be disappointed.

Nashville, Tennessee

American – 1 stop, JFK > BNA – $261 Roundtrip
Delta – Nonstop, LGA > BNA – $267 Roundtrip

Maybe I’m biased, but Nashville is one of my all time favorite cities to visit. At these prices, you really have to The atmosphere and energy are second to none. Waking up and grabby coffee at the frothy monkey, then heading to the Country Music Hall fo Fame, then off to Honky Tonk Central seems like a pretty good day to me right now. The nightlife is amazing and live music is everywhere. It’s hard to see many people having a miserable time in Nashville, everyone is happy and it’s just electric to be a part of it. If you are looking for an upbeat weekend filled with amazing food and great drinks, Nashville is the destination for you.

Houston, Texas

United – Nonstop, LGA > IAH – $161 Roundtrip
Delta – Nonstop, LGA > IAH – $287 Roundtrip

Houston is a relatively young city with a great nightlife, but it is also rather relaxed. It makes it a great location for a long weekend trip. Not to mention it is way warmer than it is up here in New York, which makes the trip much more attractive in my eyes. There’s a little bit of everything in Houston – low key sports bars, chill wine bars, and wild night clubs. Whatever you are into is there in Houston! This city is also known for its amazing food and has an amazing amount of restaurants where you are guaranteed a great meal. For under $300 for a round trip, Houston really seems like a no brainer.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

American – 1 Stop, LGA > MYR – $246 Roundtrip

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is the beach oasis to escape too. As a quaint beach town with a vibrant personality, Myrtle Beach is the perfect escape for anyone stuck in a city right now. With great fishing and better beaches, you will be living the simple life along the Atlantic Ocean for a weekend. I’d trade a large hotel for a beachfront rental in Myrtle Beach any day. There’s no roaring nightlife worth noting, aside from some great beach bars and local watering holes. Which in my opinion are some great places to go to! A trip to Myrtle Beach is filled with relaxation, and with the year we’ve all had doesn’t seem like a bad trip to invest in.

Denver, Colorado

Delta – Nonstop, JFK > DEN – $181 Roundtrip
United – Nonstop, LGA > DEN – $225 Roundtrip

Denver is a young city that seems to be getting a better and better reputation every single day. As a thriving city there is tons to do but there is also even more to see. If you like the outdoors, but still want to go to a “city city”, this is your spot. There are gorgeous hikes and beautiful views in the surrounding areas in this city. Denver really has everything, a great nightlife, lively atmosphere, and all come with a gorgeous view! The mountains are quite possibly the most perfect backdrop. Denver is a great city in the west to escape too, especially if you are looking for outdoor adventures.

Charleston, South Carolina

JetBlue – Nonstop, JFK > CHS – $197 Roundtrip
Delta – Nonstop, JFK > CHS – $311 Roundtrip

Charleston is quite possibly the most charming city in the United States. That’s a bold statement but it’s pretty accurate, if it’s not number 1 it’s definitely near the top of the list. Seriously, southern charm everywhere! Not only is the city so adorable, but it is extremely cost effective once you are there. It is rich with American history and you feel like you are walking through a social studies text book as you walk down the streets in Charleston. If you are looking for a weekend full of resting and relaxation with a large hint of Americana, this is your spot!


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6 Reasons Why You Should Travel By Yourself

So you’re thinking about going on a trip by yourself? Do it! I know that’s easier said than done.

In all honesty I get it. Solo travel is a pretty intimidating idea to think about. Embracing traveling alone can be tough because of the idea of being by yourself and only yourself, the extra time to think, and the challenges that need to be overcome alone. Being by yourself, while traveling, can make anyone uncomfortable.

Putting all the head trash and excuses to the side, It really is incredible what can happen when you spend some time by yourself. Here’s some reasons why everyone should travel solo at least once.

Your Trip Your Rules

Probably the best part about solo travel is getting to do what you want, when you want to. You make all the rules!

Because you are traveling by yourself, you get to control the whole itinerary. Where you go, what you see, places to eat, when to take break, is all up to you. Being able to adjust plans is a huge benefit to solo travel. You’re able to craft your trip exactly how you want.

My favorite thing about traveling alone is getting to stop whenever I want. When driving from Florida to New York, I was able to stop and see a long time friend. I also ate a probably the best BBQ place I’ve ever had. I managed to stop on the side of the highway and walk through the woods to find this cute waterfall I saw from the road. If I was with a group, who knows if I would of been able to do those things?

Your trip alone can be drastically different than it was if you traveled in a group and you are more likely to try new things you’ve always wanted to.

Get to Know Yourself

A huge added benefit of traveling solo is getting to know yourself. Lots of time alone is lots of time to think, without hearing the opinions of others. It really is a good time to reconnect with yourself.

By road tripping solo, I’ve learned to trust myself more and be more authoritative. I generally always need a second opinion or rely on someone else to make a decision. By being on the road alone, you force yourself to take control of the situation and your plans.

It’s honestly a pretty cool feeling.

Self Confidence

After you’ve accomplished navigating a new city or place by yourself, you can do anything. At least it feels like you can! Traveling solo and visiting places you’ve never been adds another notch to your travel belt.

I remember my first time I was in the airport by myself to travel, I thought I was going to miss my flight and get lost. Just me and my carry on were going to be left alone forever. Every possible negative thought went through my head. My flight is getting canceled. I’m going to get on the wrong plane. They aren’t going to let me on the plane. I’m gonna get abducted. Literally every one. But guess what, none of that happened. I now walk through airports like a solo-traveling champ that I know I am.

My airport meltdown is only a small example. Think about all the experiences and challenges you have to overcome when traveling in general. Now think about taking all of that on by yourself. It seems pretty rewarding, right?

Meet new people

The best way to immerse yourself in a new location is by meeting the locals! I’ve met some pretty cool people on my travels just by saying “hello” at a local coffee shop or restaurant. If you are shy, this is tough. Saying hi to strangers is super uncomfortable, but it’ll break you out of your shell! Insight from locals can help mold your trip and point you to places you didn’t even know existed.

A few years ago while traveling to North Carolina, I met the nicest man at the airport after our flight landed. He gave me an incredible list of restaurants to try in the area and more importantly some awesome advice on chasing your dreams. Before parting ways, he told me he played football in the NFL. Go figure!

You never know who you will meet and how they will impact your life if you don’t put yourself out there!

Try New Things

I know I mentioned it briefly before, but you are more likely to try things and go to places you always wanted to but never got the chance to. You don’t have to worry about what anyone else will say or anyone else’s opinions.

You’re doing this trip for yourself, that’s what solo travel is all about. Try something new while you explore a new place! Whether its a new restaurant, favorite local dish, or an activity, try it out!

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

I’m a big believer in getting comfortable being uncomfortable. My lacrosse coach in college used to scream that at us while we were running some insane run tests. We were actually physically uncomfortable and it felt like our bodies were going to give out on us. I can’t believe it’s applicable in some other parts of my life, but it’s extremely relevant more times than not.

Traveling solo is scary. Humans crave groups, security, and comfort. Being alone is the total opposite. Lots of great things come from escaping out of your comfort zone. For me, it’s worth it to push the nerves aside and get away by yourself.

So let lose, pack your bags, and travel by yourself.


Traveling Alone is not always sunshine and rainbows. You will deal with some hurdles but you will get over them.

You will probably run into some weird people that might make you feel unsafe to be around or go through some places you might not be that familiar with. It’s so important to trust your gut and travel safe when traveling solo. Be aware of what and who are around you at all times.

Dealing with the road blocks is all parts of the journey, for me the pros of traveling alone outweigh the cons.

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Instagram Story Templates for people who love to travel

4 Instagram Travel Challenge Story Templates

I’ve been a pretty big fan of these Instagram story challenges lately. I’ve gotten tagged in plenty of Jeep ones and a few “About Me” challenges. They are so fun to fill out, at least I think so! Maybe I’m a big weirdo (yes), but it’s something that brings everyone together in this crazy time. It’s also a little fun to share move fun facts about you than a little perfectly crafted square picture can.

I put together 4 fun Instagram story templates for any one who’s looking forward to their next adventure once we are all allowed to travel again. Use these to share your favorite things about travel and get your friends to do the same!

Feel free to screen shot these, save them, and share them on social media!


1. United States Travel Bingo

Instagram Story Bingo for United States Travel

2. My Travel Favorites

All About Me Travel Edition, GIF Challenge for Instagram Story

3. My Bucket List Trip

My Bucket List Vacation Instagram Story Template

4. This or That? Vacation Edition

This or That Instagram Story Template for Travel Preferences and Vacation Favorites

I’d love to see these getting used! Tag me (@teenafey) in your stories so I can see your responses!


8 Images That Will Inspire You to Visit White Sands National Park in New Mexico

White Sands National Park in new Mexico is stunning.

You may think that you see snow, but no that is white sand in the middle of the desert. This beautiful national park is located in southern New Mexico and covers 275 square miles.

Today’s travel Inspiration is White Sands National Park

The dunes of gypsum sand create this gorgeous white dunes, from where White Sands National Park gets its name. There’s something so unique about this park, not only is it the largest preserve of gypsum sand dunes but it is not exactly what you think of when you hear the word desert. Seriously, have you seen anything this these white sand dunes? I know I haven’t.

Just getting to walk around and take in all the gorgeous views at this national park is pretty incredible. But that is not all this New Mexico gem has to offer.

On a trip to White Sands National Park, you can bike ride through the dunes, hike, ride sleds down the dunes, back country camp, and even “Dune Drive.” The Dune Drive is a curvy road that takes you through all the scenic white sand dunes. Sign me up for that.

I don’t know about you but I was ready to visit New Mexico, yesterday. The United States has so many gorgeous landscapes. The National Park Service does an incredible job at keeping this park, and the others immaculate.

Next time you find yourself in New Mexico, take the trip to White Sands National Park.


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10 Songs That Need to be on Your RoadTrip Playlist

Some songs need to be played while driving. Check out a few of my favorites that are on my road trip playlist. If you don’t have one, I highly suggest you start one ASAP! My driving playlist is constantly evolving, but these are some staples that will never get old. PSA – These songs are literally all over the place and have no rhyme or reason besides being fun to listen to and fun to sing along to.

Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner, Fall Out Boy

End of Time, Beyonce

Stolen Dance, Milky Chance

Touch, Little Mix

Sweetest Girl, Wyclef Jean

We Didn’t Start the Fire, Billy Joel

Walk of Life, Dire Straights

Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!, Vengaboys

A Thousand Miles, Vanessa Carleton

Good Life, Kanye West ft. T-Pain


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7 Tips to Stay Healthy While Road-Tripping

I’ve been on enough road trips and learned from way too many mistakes to compile this list of ways to stay healthy while on the road. Hope you find them helpful!

Drink Water & Pack Extra

There’s nothing worse than being dehydrated when stuck in your car. Did you know that most of the time when you are hungry, you are actually just thirsty? Keeping hydrating can keep you from snacking and I also have to mention the astronomical prices of water bottles at rest stops. So save yourself the literal headache and a few bucks by stocking up on water before you leave!

Wake Up Early and Exercise

I’m not saying run a marathon before you get in your car to drive, but waking up and walking or doing a quick ab circuit can help get your blood flowing can keep you awake and alert for the drive ahead.

Pack Healthy Snacks

You’re going to be sitting for long periods of time, this isn’t the time to eat food that’s going to turn into fat instantly. Fuel your body right and pack high protein snacks and bars to keep your energy up. Although it’s tempting to stop and get fast-food or binge some candy, eating crappy food is literally the last thing your body needs. Plus when you get to your destination, it’s better to be ready to go than feeling like a complete slug who ate sugar straight for 5+ hours.

Get Sleep

I don’t think I can stress this enough. Sleep! Driving drowsy is incredibly dangerous to you and everyone else on the road. Make sure you plan pitstops to sleep and set driving times and rest times to make sure you aren’t pushing yourself past your limits.

Take Breaks & Stretch

Don’t plan on driving 12 hours straight. Be realistic about your trip and the length you can travel in a car for. Plan breaks to split up the trip, whether it be mile markers or some sort of planned stop along that way. Whenever you get out of the car, try to stretch! Don’t get stuck sitting for day and keep your body moving!

Plan Activities Along the Way

Having planned stops are things to look forward to, they keep you moving forward before you hit your end destination. Giving yourself checkpoints keeps the energy up and helps you continue on your journey and not get burnt out. On road trips, it’s important to keep up with both your mental health and your physical health.

Listen to Your Body

Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you need to stop and walk, stop. If you need a nap, take one. If you want to get out of your car, do it. A Roadtrip is supposed to be fun, don’t make it anything else than that!


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