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Convertibles, Camping, and Carpe Diem: The Freedom of the Road Trip

When summer finally makes its rosy-fingered appearance after a long cold winter, the first thing many people want to do is take out or rent a convertible roadster and embark on a care-free road trip.  Almost nothing can feel as good as driving into the sunset on a warm July evening, wind blowing in one’s hair, heading to a faraway destination, full of optimism.

The road trip is also a rite of passage, either for university students or older adults who yearn for the open road and the possibilities of adventure.  However, one thing that many people who go on these road trips in their little two-seater convertibles forget is that almost everyone and their dog will also be travelling at the same time.  Because road trips are usually haphazardly put together at the last minute, many times overnight lodging arrangements have not been made in advance.  The spur-of-the moment ,  “seize the day” mode of travel can be spoiled by over planning; however, it is a most miserable experience if one needs to sleep in the car overnight due to all motels and hotels being fully booked.  Some unfortunate souls who’ve been stuck in this situation have described the experience of sleeping in a Mazda Miata (a great car; just not so great a bed) as the worst possible punishment a human being can inflict on oneself.

So how can one enjoy the care-free, carpe diem adventurous spirit of a road trip without the joy killing over preparation of booking a hotel or motel weeks in advance and yet be assured of a good night’s sleep?  The answer is camping.  Even the smallest storage area of the smallest sports convertibles can fit the camping basics: a two person tent, a small high-density roll-up mat or inflatable mattress, and two efficient sleeping bags.  The road-tripper, with an easy to set up tent in hand, can live in the moment, take advantage of the spontaneity a small convertible has to offer, and can also sleep well at night, either at a motel or in the comfort of one’s own temporary domain.

While the camping gear in the car trunk may at first only be there as an emergency back-up sleeping plan if no other accommodations can be found, many later find that the bare-bones camping experience  is actually more enjoyable and further adds to the “summertime and easy-living” philosophy of the road trip.  One should go on that road trip, one should be spontaneous, but one should never sleep in a two-seater vehicle.  With a small tent and some other basics taking up only a fraction of a small car’s limited storage space, one can truly enjoy the nearly mythical freedom of the open road to its fullest.