Over 30+ years of traveling, we've developed some rules and guidelines that work pretty well for us. I'm going to present these here in case they're helpful.
- If it's possible to drive somewhere rather than flying, it's less aggravation and misery to do so.
- No matter how far you have to drive out of your way to avoid going close to New York City, it's quicker and less painful.
- Pretty much the same with Chicago.
- Unless unavoidable, don't eat at chain restaurants. Exception: if it's a chain we don't have at home, we can eat there once.
- Unless unavoidable, don't stay at chain hotels/motels. Exceptions are allowed for availability, price, and places unfit for human habitation.
- We've had great success spontaneously following billboards and road signs to interesting destinations.
- When the rain gets so heavy that you're having trouble seeing the cars around you, turn on your emergency flashers. It'll help other drivers see you, and maybe inspire them to turn theirs on.
- When someone else is driving like an idiot, keep your distance. You're not going to win an argument with an idiot.
- NPR stations tend to cluster around the bottom of the FM dial.