Driving to travel burnout

I live in Chicago and I like going out west towards the Rockies whenever I could go on any traveling thing. I've been to Colorado twice, Yellowstone, badlands, Grand canyon, Vegas, California multiple times. I drive to save money and so I can bring as much as I want, especially because I'll bring camping gear, also so I don't have to worry about planning how long I'm going to be there. I kind of want to go to Moab next but I'm so fricking tired of driving 16 hours to get to anything good. I hardly have any motivation to do this shit because I just don't want to drive through a day of nothing to get anywhere. But then scheduling the trip around renting a car and flying seems like it would just make the whole trip more of a headache than a peaceful excursion.
So I guess how do you cope with losing motivation due to travel exhaustion and any tips on where I should go next? I need to have some dramatic natural scenery. Flat plains with some old buildings in it or some town doesn't mean anything to me. Money isn't much of an issue.

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  1. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    >I guess how do you cope with losing motivation due to travel exhaustion
    I only travel to somewhere new when I feel the need/urge or what have you

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      I definitely have the urge to leave where I am and go somewhere, almost anywhere, like I'm getting mild cabin fever. but then there's an immediate roadblock of going somewhere taking so long. It sucks and is gay. Maybe I'll just say frick it and go back where I've been before and make it a two week long trip or something to make up for it.

  2. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    As much as I love the West, driving east for mountains is more manageable. You can hit the Smokies, Appalachians in 8-10 hours. Better for when you're aren't feeling like larger roadtrips. Upper Michigan is cool too, especially if you can get to the islands in the Great Lakes or the UP. Personally, I like visiting the South too. All ~8 hour drives

  3. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I feel ya, I used to live in Regina, Sk. Driving 9 hours to the Rockies was just one of those things. Now I live in Ontario, 5 hours from some nice mountains.
    Have you considered moving out of Chicago?

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Yes. But all my friends are here. Seems wild to just abandon them all considering how incredibly long it took me to make them.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        how did you make you friends? I just made 1 that I like after 4 years of being new to a city. I met him at a meetup for people new to my city

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          Going to concerts and things. But Chicago has tons of concerts so there's lots of opportunities for that, a smaller city won't have as much, and I'm older now, so my enthusiasm and concerts isn't as wild as it was back then when I was making friends.

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            yeah, I wish I lived there cus of that. lots of good shoegaze artists are there. Although, I think less of astrobrite since noticing how trooned out he is

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            btw you should get some buddies in your car and start driving. Could be more funt han by your lonesome

  4. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    if only america had a competent rail system

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      It's the biggest thing I seethe at Euro's about. Amtrak is such a piece of shit.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      How would having a train benefit him? If he didn't need or want to take his car he could fly.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Would that make the cities closer? Or would the trains go 250mph? And what about when I don't want to go to a metro hub? They have trains going to Yellowstone or rural Colorado? Then what? Trains going from site to site in the mountains? Shut up moron.

        competent rail system = fast interstate trains + extensive rails within states, to each town or city/location. Most of europe has already done this, especially italy. I dunno why it's so hard to comprehend a life where you didn't have to spend years of your life driving. Trains are faster and you get to do shit other than stare at the pavement when you go on a trip

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          If you're going from Chicago to the Rockies, flying will be faster. If you need a car, you can't take it on a train. Not sure why you brought it up.

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            Plane+local trains+renting a car in the area if you absolutely cannot get to a certain area without it

            • 1 year ago
              Anonymous

              Ok, but we don't have local trains in most parts of the country. I think you're another Yuro who is obsessed with the US.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Would that make the cities closer? Or would the trains go 250mph? And what about when I don't want to go to a metro hub? They have trains going to Yellowstone or rural Colorado? Then what? Trains going from site to site in the mountains? Shut up moron.

  5. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Does this get better with driver assist systems?

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      No. I still have to sit for 16 hours doing nothing. Imagine a 16hr plane ride. Sucks.

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah but autopilot doesn't require as much focus
        Imagine a 16 hour study day vs a 16 hour day at the beach

  6. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    another thread ruined by morons from /n/

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