Road trips can be fun and exciting. They can also be great learning experiences for people in new relationships. Not many things can tell you a lot about someone like spending hours in a car with them. This goes for existing partners or new loves.
We went to Welcome to Rockville Festival in Jacksonville recently. My first music festival ever and it melted my face. I had the best time I’ve had in a long time. There were over 40 different bands there and we saw about 19 of them I guess maybe more. it was just pure awesome. I think part of what helped me enjoy it so much was that I was there with all my loves. The wife, our 5 year partner, my new(ish) girlfriend and 2 close friends. It really helped me have a positive experience.
But how? That’s a good question. One of the ways is, I knew I had lots of support and love around me. It helped give me the confidence to go do things I more than likely would not have done on my own. This being my first music festival (I know ok I’m 38 and this was my first…. I’m behind the times…..) it was reassuring to have those folks there for me should I need a safe place. It was also great to experience it with people who shared the interest and could appreciate the music. I was never alone unless I wanted to be. I was able to go to things I may not have before just because peoples tastes are different.
Now on the the road trip part. It was pretty neat because it was 2 different trips. The trip down was with me Melissa (wife) and Lindsey (girlfriend) . It was a nice ride and we enjoyed small conversations. Melissa slept most of the way having had a hard day at work. We stopped and saw a Titan 1 Missle, stopped at the rest area. By the time Florida showed up we were punchy and tired from all the driving. I will say that you learn a lot about someone on a road trip. and I am glad Lindsey went.
The trip home we added Jeremy our partner. He had ridden down with other friends since he took the day off for his birthday. So, Jeremy and Lindsey got to chat a lot and we all got in some great conversations. We laughed at the odd billboards and Jeremy would look up the websites and read excerpts that had us all laughing. It was a really good time. We stopped at a couple rest areas and pushed on home in a bit of a rush.
Overall the trip was a huge success both for us as a group and individuals. I think we all grew and we have a better understanding now of who we all are. If you get the chance to travel with your loves, do it. Its eye opening and rewarding.