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

Let me know what you think!

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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