When I was growing up, we didn't travel a lot. My father was a bee farmer, and summer vacations were out of the question, that was the busiest of busy seasons. If we went away during the summer it was a quick day trip. Winter vacations were complicated by four kids in school. But when we did go, it was usually a road trip, a couple of road trips across country from Michigan to Arizona (I went to part of the 1st grade in Phoenix) and a couple of winter trips to Florida. By the time I was in middle school trips from Michigan to Florida became and annual event. A two plus day road trip. Travel opened my eyes. I liked seeing new things and places, I loathed long days of pushing onward.
As an adult, I enjoy a road trip, I have been known to put in the occasional 14 hour day, but for the most part I break road trips into shorter days, with planned and unplanned stops along the way. You get a real feel for the diversity of American geography, topography and culture driving across it. I am looking forward to a road trip in Germany later this year