Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Ultimate Costal Road Trip Mix

The epitome of John and I's favorite music is a song that makes us feel like we are driving down the beach on a sunny day with the windows rolled down. Well, since we will be doing quite a bit of that on our upcoming road trip we decided to make the ultimate costal road trip mix. If these songs don't make you feel relaxed and put a smile on your face, I don't know what will!

Fly Away by JJ Heller
Blessed by Brett Dennen
You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
I'll Do Anything by Jason Mraz
Food Chain by Eric Hutchinson
Lighthouse by Chris O'Brien
Wash Away (Reprise) by Joe Purdy
Spinning Wheels by Angel Taylor
Hey, Soul Sister by Train
Scar by Missy Higgins
It Don't Matter by Donavon Frankenreiter
The Heart of Life by John Mayer
Stay (Wasting Time) by Dave Matthews Band
You Got Me by Colbie Caillat
All This Beauty by The Weepies
Catch My Disease by Ben Lee
Lucky (feat. Colbie Caillat) by Jason Mraz
Only You by Joshua Radin
By & By by Brett Dennen
Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae
Big Yellow Taxi (featuring Vanessa Carlton) by Counting Crows
Gone In the Morning by Newton Faulkner
All Over Now by Eric Hutchinson
Fill My Little World by The Feeling
You in A Song by Jason Reeves
Like You Do by Angel Taylor
Dancing Shoes by Gavin DeGraw
Easy (acoustic) by Barenaked Ladies
Homebird by Foy Vance
Life, Love & Laughter by Donavon Frankenreiter
One Love/People Get Ready by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Everyday by Dave Matthews Band
You Don't Have to Believe Me by Eric Hutchinson
Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson
The Guy that Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind by Griffin House
The Only Way by Mark Erelli
Dancin' In The Moonlight by Toploader
Upside Down by Jack Johnson
What'cha Know About by Donavon Frankenreiter
Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
You Got Growing Up to Do (feat. Patty Griffin) by Joshua Radin
On My Mind by Kalai
Loose Pockets by Nate Allman
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Small by JJ Heller
Say by John Mayer
Mountain and the Sea by Ingrid Michaelson
After Tonight by Justin Nozuka
You And I Both by Jason Mraz
Walking On Sunshine by Aly & A.J.
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Shark In the Water by V.V. Brown
Come On Get Higher by Matt Nathanson
One Day by Matisyahu
Steer by Missy Higgins
Grow by JJ Heller
These Walls by Teddy Geiger
Nothing Ever Hurt Like You by James Morrison
Hold You In My Arms by Ray LaMontagne
Gotta Have You by The Weepies
The Bird and the Worm by Owl City
Barges by The Vision of a Dying World
So In Love Feat. Jack Johnson and Colbie Caillat by Ted Lennon
Stir It Up Bob by Marley & The Wailers
Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Preparation Preparation Preparation

As little girls in Girl Scouts, we are taught the importance of preparation. Planning for this road trip, it has become apparent to me how important preparation really is, so here are a few tips we have picked up along the way in order to prepare for a spectacular road trip!

LODGING Use or to book your lodging! We discovered they are almost always $1 apart so it doesn't really matter which one you use. We were able to book 6 nights of lodging for $275! If you're not a college student you might not be as interested in cheap lodging, but they have great deals for all levels of hotels. If you're looking for a different kind of adventure, look at hostels in the area. has a list of hostels all across Northern California. Hostels can provide cheap lodging and are usually in some really interesting places! We will be staying at Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel, where the lighthouse and its surrounding houses have been turned into a hostel! Go to to find hostels all over the world.

CAMPING For the adventurous outdoorsman, camping is a great option on a road trip. Not only are campsites cheaper than hotel lodging, but they can make for an easy incorporation into some of your road trip activities. If you plan on visiting or hiking through a state park, look and see if that park offers camping. That way you do not have to rush through your day since you are already where you will be staying that night. If you want to make it easier on packing, find a campsite that has a convenience store onsite that offers wood and food. To find good sites use state park websites such as These websites will let you know which state parks offer camping. is a GREAT website for finding and reserving campsites. I HIGHLY recommend staying at a camp where you can reserve a site. The last thing you want is to get to a campsite hoping for a spot only to find it full, thus forcing you to sleep in your car on a scary back-road.

ACTIVITIES Visit state and city tourist websites. It seems kinda obvious but they are often overlooked. Not only do they have some great info, but a lot of them offer coupons and specials you can print off. For example we used for $4 off our trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. provides some great feedback from people who have been to tourist attractions and is a great place to look if you are trying to decide whether or not you want to do something. And of course, ASK FRIENDS, especially friends that live in the area you are going to visit. Our friend Jason, who is from San Francisco was able to give us some great advise of places to visit on our trip, thanks Jason!

More preparation tips, including tips for driving and packing to come!!!