- October 13, 2020
There is no denying that 2020 has been a stressful year for most. The Coronavirus has really done a number on us. I mean, the fist-bump is cool and all that, but don’t you all miss giving shoulder bumps and hugs? I know I do. The world has completely flipped in these epidemic times. So, until they find a cure or vaccine for it, watch your six. We all owe it to each other.
But let’s talk about something else that you owe to yourself – some love and attention.
With the travel restrictions put in place to contain the pandemic, it has been impossible to take that occasional getaway to unwind for the last couple of months. Now the airports have been reopened and the barricades cleared from The Great North Road. But before you jump on the next shuttle to Kisumu or Malindi, here are a few reasons why you should consider making that weekend getaway a drive.
It is a safer option
First off, just because travel restrictions have been lifted does not mean that the threat is over. Public places and transport hubs are still Petri dishes for as long as the virus remains at large. Travelling in your own car is one safe option to take a trip while still maintaining social distance regulations. Sort of like your own safety bubble, taking you wherever you want to go. All you have to do is to find a fun route to get you there. You get to decide where ‘there’ is, but remember, the journey is the most important part of a drive. Those solitary hours in the car, with you, the music in the stereo, and the road can be very healing psychologically. You get to think about stuff, be yourself, plan – anything you want.
It will help you unwind
Second, driving is fun! All you have to do is find great sights to drive past. Whether you are the kind of person who likes to make a meticulous plan of a journey or you are the kind of person who prefers jumping into the car and letting the roads guide you where they will, now is the time to do it. The lockdown has just been lifted, schools are now opening, and the economy is showing signs of stirring from the deep slumber it has been in. A good long drive will help you to unwind before you thrust yourself back into your old-ish life.
It is an opportunity to reconnect
A good drive can also be an opportunity to reconnect with friends/family especially after the long lockdown. If you have your friends or family in the car with you, a long drive can be a way to spend quality time with your loved ones. And if you don’t, sometimes going on that long drive alone and taking the time to do some self-reflection boosts your relationships by helping you to reconnect with yourself first.
It is pocket-friendly
Finally, a drive is a good option when you need to travel without having to drain your account. If you use cheap accommodation options like Airbnb and plan ahead, you can even make the long drive a weekly or monthly affair. God knows there are enough eclectic destinations in this country for you to discover. But you are not just limited to the boundaries of Kenya, you can just as well go big and drive to Libreville or Cape Town.
Of course, if you are going to use your car for leisure travel, you have got to take care of it. You have got to keep the seats puffed and the engine clean. It will become your home for some of the best experiences of your life, so take good care of it.
And most importantly, do not forget to insure it. Consider Firstline Insurance Agency, their motor vehicle insurance plans are comprehensive and fantastic. It works across borders and it works for your wallet too.
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