Road trips are the preferred method of transportation for all of our parents. Mainly that’s because it is cheaper to load everyone into a car and drive rather than buying everyone a plane ticket. That’s why your family has experienced 13-hour drives to visit your tía instead of enjoying a 3-hour flight. Whether you are traveling to your parents’ hometown or taking a road trip to attend a boda, you’ve probably encountered some of these events along the way as a passenger or driver.
1. Picking your car buddy is the most important thing you can do.
Choosing who is going to stick out a half day’s worth of driving with you is challenging and exciting. Do you want to sit next to your younger prima or your oldest prima? Decisions. Decisions.
2. Safety first!
That one tia that prays the rosary on every road trip #paisatwitter
— Ale 🕊 (@aaalejaja) June 16, 2016
Seat belts do their job and all, but your abulea has her own safety measures. She prays to St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers, and la Virgencita just to make sure that you will get to where you are going in one piece.
3. Your parents take control of the radio and there is nothing you can do to change that.
#paisatwitter when you're on a road trip and your dad only plays really old Mexican music
— vals 🌸 (@hearteyesval) June 26, 2016
Hey, at least if “La Chona” comes on the speakers, it’s going to give you a second wind during that third leg of your trip. #SilverLining
4. Every now and then you’ll get to choose the music.
It is your moment!. You’re doing amazing. Keep playing Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” to its full volume over and over again until your mom eventually loses it and turns the radio off for good.
5. There’s always one pit stop and only one because you can’t waste time.
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Regular potato chips and beef jerky? Not in your familia. Don’t mind us, cashier. Just emptying out your entire stash of Flamin’ Hots, Takis and Queso Ruffles because this is the only stop you will be making.
6. Someone in the car is always chewing some damn sunflower seeds.
Roadtrips are never the same without sunflower seeds. 😋
— Alexis (@50ShadesOfLexx) June 5, 2014
It’s usually your brother and he does it just to bother you at this point.
7. Mom is always ready to terrify you into silence when you start to get rowdy.
La llorona story really used to scare me
— nena (@jendaten) May 7, 2018
Your mom swears she saw the Chupacabra the last time she visited el rancho. Ok, mom, and La Llorona sits under my bed. 😒 😒 😒
8. You’ll be stuck on the road at some point.
Selena / Warner Bros.
Sometimes it is as easy as a flat tire but there’s definitely been at least one road trip where the car had serious troubles and you wasted a day at a mechanic.
9. If you’e driving to Mexico, get ready for some surprise, bomb snacks.
If you’re passing through the border in Tijuana, get ready to add 20 pounds’ worth to your caravan of jarritos, cobijas San Marcos, bags of churros—basically all the things you never knew you needed in life.
10. There’s nothing like getting close enough to your destination like remembering that amazing taco spot.
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The tacos you have once you cross the border are on another level. The salsas are fresher, the onions are sweeter, the tortillas are better.
11. The primos who just have to make jokes about everything.
White Men Can’t Jump / Twentieth Century Fox
Taking too long in the bathroom, falling asleep, sneezing. It is like they just want to make fun of you just for the sake of making fun of you.
12. It’s always stressful when you realize a toll is coming up and you need to find change to pay it.
Modern Family / Fox
Is that a dime or a peso? Maybe the guards will accept dollar bills for toll fare? Shoot your shot!
13. But it is all worth for the memories you make with your family.
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After FINALLY reaching your destination, you have become thisclose with your fourth cousin once removed, learned your tia thinks she is the *inspo* behind “La Chona,” and have family stories to pass down for generations.