10 Rules of Roadtripping (Greetings from the Ticket Booth)

Josh Blackwell, Interim Tickets Manager


Over the last 3 years, I have been on numerous roadtrips.  I’ve been as far south as Key West and as far north as Montreal.  My favorite roadtrip to date would definitely be visiting 7 different ballparks in 6 days. Camden Yards, Citizens Bank, Yankee Stadium, Fenway, Jacobs (now Progressive), Wrigley, and Great American; best 6 days ever!  Over the years, my fellow roadtrippers and I have noticed that there are some things that will completely kill the road trip experience.  So I’ve composed a list of the 10 rules of roadtripping.

1.  Follow a very loose schedule.  It’s good to have a schedule but you don’t want it so rigid that you can’t fit in other things as needed.  If you pass something on the road that looks like fun, go for it.  The best advice I can give is to have an idea where you will call it a night at.

2.  No headphones.  A roadtrip is supposed to be a time of bonding with each other.  Once people start putting on the headphones, the entire vehicle can become silent and miserable in a hurry.

3.  Bills.  Along the way, you will have to buy gas, food, hotel rooms, and possibly even a speeding ticket.  I find it best to discuss how the bills will be paid before the trip starts.  You don’t want to be left in that situation at the pump.

4.  Hitchhikers.  This is another thing that should be discussed before you leave.  Having a new person in the vehicle can be fun at times, but you don’t want to leave it up to the driver when on the road.

5.  Duties of the front seat passenger.  The role of the front seat passenger is to keep the driver focused, alert, and involved within the conversation of the backseaters.  And above all, the front seat passenger must stay awake AT ALL TIMES.  It’s YOUR duty to keep the driver awake.  If he falls asleep, well then we’re all in trouble.

6.  Sleeping.  The only time it is acceptable to sleep is in the backseat and ONLY at night.  If you sleep in the day, you are causing everyone else to either be silent or limit their fun to a minimal.

7.  The Music should be Constantly Changing.  Whether it is the radio, a CD, or the IPod, mix the mix up.  Don’t listen to an entire CD.  Sure one or two of the songs may be kickass, but nobody cares for the obscure music on the road trips.  Keep it with something that everybody knows and can sing along with. 

8.  No discussions of religion or politics.  The purpose of the road trip is supposed to be light-hearted and fun.  If you start talking about religion or politics, there’s a chance that someone will get offended and mood will get tense.  Nobody likes that awkward silence and tension in the air, especially when you gotta spend the next couple of hours with them.

9.  No food chains.  You are on a road trip.  You didn’t drive 500 miles to eat at a Taco Bell.  Experience the cultures of the land.  Eat at the mom and pop restaurants and diners you cross along the way.  If a place claims to have the best pies in state, grab a slice.  You will remember that experience more than any fast food chain any day.

10.  Don’t be afraid to venture off the Interstate.  You took the road trip to experience the world, see the country.  Most of the world can’t be found along the side of the interstate. If there is a route or highway that goes the same way you are going, take it.  It will force you to go through small towns, the country side, and small local villages (depending on location).  The scenery will be far better than that along the side of the interstate.

I hope this list provides useful on your next roadtrip.  If you have some rules you think would be a great addition to the list, feel free.  Most of all, HAVE FUN.


Josh enters his first season as interim tickets manager with the Crawdads and second year in professional baseball, after spending the 2009 campaign with the Greeneville Drive of the South Atlantic League (Low-A) and the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Gaffney, South Carolina, native is a 2009 graduate of the University of South Carolina.

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1 Comment

I’m iemrpssed! You’ve managed the almost impossible.

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