Travelling can be lonely, especially on the Loneliest Road in America. Hwy 50 in Nevada was give the prestigious solitary title of the “Loneliest Road” by Life Magazine in 1986. This year marks it’s 30th anniversary. Being the most deserted stretch of asphalt in the entire country, I went on a road trip with a group of strangers to see what this place is all about. Even if you start your journey alone, the world is full of colourful characters that will turn a solitary experience into a fun-filled adventure.
Each group you travel with encounters new possibilities for highlights and failures. Ensure you and your TB (Travel Buddies) are interested in the same activities or you’ll find yourself in a tug-a-war over the itinerary. It’s risky business going on a 9-day tour when nobody knows each other, but that’s the difference between travelling and a vacation. Vacations are easy, relaxing and predictable; travel is bumpy, shocking and at times frustrating…overcoming those speed bumps leads to cherished memories.
In Nevada, I joined a group of 7 media influencers: Tweeters, Instagrammers, Snap Chatters, YouTubers, Bloggers, Bemers, Writers and Photographers, racking up more shutter clicks than odometer ticks along the 1000-Mile journey. We explored Reno, Austin, Ely, Elko, Great Basin, Sand Mountain and The Pony Express, among other neat hidden gems. Road trips are about the journey of the open road and the company you share it with. The desolate miles of dust and shrubs created the moving backdrop in our windows as we exchanged compelling stories previous adventures with an endless supply of awe and laughter.
Make an Impact
These “strangers” will shape you in ways you never predicted. You can plan to drive across the majestic emptiness of Nevada’s Hwy50, you can’t anticipate the person sitting next to you who utters one inspirational line that will stick with you forever. As each global adventure comes to an end and your Travel Buddies go separate ways, a piece of you knows the select few you will see again. You’ll meet somewhere unexpected, for the adventure never stops, the views keep changing and you are designed to be on the move… like tumbleweeds in the desert wind.
Be sure to check out my Travel Nevada Part 1 and 2 video series below to experience what it’s like to drive the Loneliest Road in America.
Have you ever travelled with strangers?
A special thanks to Travel Nevada for inviting me on this trip. As always, all content and opinions are my own.
Siya Zarrabi began his travel lifestyle at the age of 16, embarking on a four month solo trip to Paraguay. Since then, he has filled passports with stamps of foreign borders.