A book I read recently (not named to protect the innocent) called a drive from Austin, Texas to New Orleans a “cross-country road trip.”
Now, I don’t think this should be considered a cross-country drive. Texas and Louisiana are bordering states! It’s surely not that far.
I ranted about this to my sister, and we came to a rough agreement. I told my husband about it. It’s been several days now, though, and I still can’t get it out of my head, so I’m bringing this to you (collectively).
In my mind, at least one of the criteria in determining if a road trip qualifies as cross-country is the number of state lines it crosses. I think, at a bare minimum, a cross-country road trip must cross at least two state lines (i.e., traverse parts of at least 3 states). But I think this is a limited definition. It doesn’t mean much to cross two state lines, for example, back East, where so many states are tiny.
So in addition to crossing at least two state lines, what other criteria should I add? Minimum number of hours and/or miles? Creation of a trip-specific playlist? Are certain snacks necessary for a cross-country road trip? You tell me.
What are your criteria for a cross-country road trip?
You can vote in the poll and leave comments, as well. Either works. I just want to know what you think constitutes a cross-country road trip.