A Hero’s Journey – Take Your Bachelor Party on the Road

Getting married soon? Looking for a way to celebrate your bachelor party without all the debauchery? Get together a group of your best male friends and rent a van. Then hit the road. You’ll need two or three days (maybe more) for this, so plan accordingly. Start by pulling out a map – you can choose a city map, a state map or a map of the U.S. (remember, the larger the map, the more time you may need.)

Now, take a set of darts and have each man in the bachelor party throw a dart at the map. Once all the darts have been thrown, plot a course that takes you to every destination you hit with the dart. Load up the van with some cold drinks (water, soda, sports drinks – no alcohol) and food (sandwiches, snacks) and a change of clothes or three and then everyone load up and hit the road.

Visit every destination on the course – some of them may be in the middle of nowhere, but it’s not the destination that matters – it’s the journey. Share stories; explore where you are going and try to learn something new about the places and the people in your party.

National Forests, Monuments and More

If the map idea doesn’t work as well, have everyone write down a favorite place they always wanted to go – or have the prospective groom write out several places he’d like to have seen. Put all the names in a bucket or a hat – now choose three. Head out to those destinations from the Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Niagara Falls, Liberty Hall, Statue of Liberty or more — the journey is as much about internal as well as external discovery.

You can also choose a theme for your trip – you can make it about history, about nature or about the routes of famous explorers. The idea is for the guys to enjoy themselves, learn more about their world, their country, and their history and about themselves. Consider it a journey of bonding – of fun and experience.

Have you ever taken a road trip with the guys?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.