You may or may not remember what life was like in the 1950s, but that’s OK. It’s not actually about the year – it’s about the freedom, excitement, curiosity and togetherness that made travel in the 1950s so magical. So in case you need a reason to use up what’s left of your summer in an amazing way – here are 6 reasons to travel like it’s 1950.
1. See America!
Is there any better reason? America is chock full of amazing sights, people and places – it would be a shame to let any of it go to waste, especially when these amazing sights may be found right in your own large backyard. In the 1950’s people understood this and Americans were on the move – cruising around in tail finned cars, pulling their camping trailers along freshly made highway systems, eating at roadside diners or sleeping at cozy motels. Some of the popular 1950s travel destinations included Florida, Las Vegas, California, or any of the cities that border the now famous Route 66.
2. It Gives You an Excuse to Belt Out Road Trip Tunes.
As if we need an excuse, right? I do this on an everyday basis – taking my kids to school or going to the grocery store. However, there is something liberating about belting out lyrics to a favorite song as you drive down the highway on an adventure – wind in your hair, freedom in your grasp.
3. You Can Be Spontaneous.
During those years, travel was un-apologetically spontaneous. There were no computers to sit down at and plan out the best hotel by meticulously reading all of its previous reviews or ways to plan a vacation around the best deals and discounts. Heck, there weren’t even call ahead reservations for motels. People would just get in their cars and drive, hoping to find a motel with vacancies along the way. They were at the mercy of the road and if things didn’t work out in their favor, they simply found another route.
4. You Can Give Those Texting Thumbs a Break.
I know we are all in love with our modern-day electronics, but they hold no place in 1950s travel. So ditch the electronics or pack them up for emergency situations and look up at the world in front of you. Real life is so much prettier than even the best 3D quality imaging anyways.
5. Make Your Facebook Friends Jealous.
Just admit it, this is the reason most people do anything these days – but unfortunately because of reason #4 none of them will know that you just took a selfie with the faces on Mount Rushmore or looked out over the cascading elegance of Niagara Falls until you get home. Don’t despair, after awhile you will realize that you’re not doing this for them anyways. If it’s really driving you nuts not to share what you are up to with your friends, you could always mail them a postcard.
6. The Trip Was Just as Important as the Destination.
In the 1950s travel went slow. We didn’t have non-stop flights and the highway system like we have today. Getting to a destination was just as much of the trip as the actual destination. So, when I go on a road trip today, I make it a point to stop frequently along the way to check out forgotten roadside attractions, shop small town stores, eat in small town restaurants and look out over that gorgeous mountain top view – because when we rush along to get to a destination we are missing out on more than we know.
Overall, to me, travel in this era represented freedom and the desire to move and see the world – plus the cars they got around in were pretty awesome too. And though it might be sad that we can’t go back, we can definitely go forward and just bring a little bit of the past with us.