What are some things you have on your bucket list? Most people dream of traveling, trying new foods, hobbies or activities. From skiing in the Alps to scuba diving with sharks, there’s no shortage of things that people want to complete before they die. But how many of your bucket list activities occur at night? That day trip adventure you’ve been dreaming of? Try it in the dark! Pinterest reports that “the most memorable adventures will happen after sundown in 2022.” While some adventures may be better suited for the daylight hours, there’s plenty of things to do at night (near and far) that will make for some of the best memories of your life. So grab your roommates, friends, spouse, whoever- and buckle up. We’re making night moves.
Night Time Road Trip
A road trip at night is perhaps one of the easiest adventures to take after sundown, and is a surefire way to make memories of a lifetime. Think of somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, within a few hours of where you live. It can be anything- another city, a natural landmark, or just a drive you’ve always wanted to take. Grab your roommates and some snacks, and embark on your mission. No matter your destination, you’re sure to have quite the adventure getting there. Night time means less traffic (so you can reach your destination sooner), and less distractions (so you can chit chat and bond with your roommates even more). One of my favorite memories of taking a night time road trip with my friends was the amount of laughs that we shared, and the new discoveries we made along the way. We left at 11pm to drive to Oregon, for no reason other than we just wanted to drive across a state border. Along the way we sang throwback songs and pretended like we were on American Idol, and played road trip games that had us all laughing hysterically in our seats. At some point in our drive we decided we were all hungry, and our adventure led us to a little 24 hour diner that (surprisingly) had really good food. Our road trip took us just a few hours, but we got back from that trip feeling closer than we ever had before. It’s not all fun and games though- safety first. Make sure that everyone is well rested, you have the ability to get help in an emergency, and have food and water. We don’t want any car accidents or other unforeseen circumstances hindering the amazing memories that you can make.
The Beach At Night
Another fan favorite, visiting a beach at night is a completely different experience than visiting during the day. In the sun soaked atmosphere of a typical beach day, you’ll have vendors, families, food trucks, and loud music every way your turn. Of course this is a lot of fun (and who doesn’t want to get their tan on!??), but visiting the sandy shores at night brings something completely different. Whether you live right next to a beach, or are taking a vacation- make sure to stay up late one night and make an adventure out of exploring the beach after sundown. Start off by watching the sun set over the crystal waves, and then build a bonfire and roast marshmallows for s’mores. Once the fire fizzles out, take a moment to walk down to the tide and just sit there in the silence. No noise of other people, just you, your friends, and the waves crashing. If you’re brave enough, maybe you’ll decide to go for a little midnight swim. Just don’t get eaten by sharks! If you’re extremely lucky, you may be able to see the phenomenon of bioluminescence. Bioluminescence is absolutely breathtaking, but there is no way to know exactly when it will happen. I have visited the beach at night numerous times, and it is truly almost a surreal experience. With no sounds from the rest of the world, you are truly at one with nature. One of the best memories I have was playing beach volleyball at sundown with some of my best friends. Right as the sun began to set, we raced down the beach and into the water- jumping in fully clothed. We dove under the waves, in awe of the way that the ocean had transformed from a beautiful blue to the most stunning shades of pink and orange. Our fun was interrupted when the lifeguards called at us to get out of the water…. Instead of letting that spoil our night, we got out of the ocean and built a fire. We talked and laughed and learned even more about each other. It felt like minutes that we were there, but it was probably really more like hours. Now that you know all that you can do, and the amazing experiences you can have- what are you waiting for? Book a plane ticket, walk down the street, or drive your car to the beach after sunset- I promise you won’t regret it.
I truly believe that no matter where you go, the hours between sunset and sunrise bring some sort of magic. While it may seem contradictory, the absence of light allows you to see the places that you are visiting in a new and special light. From tiny 24 hour establishments that you usually would look right over, to a smaller range of activities available that you usually might not even think twice about doing during the day- you are sure to have a new and life changing experience whether you are on the beaches of Mexico at night, or in a tiny little scenic town in the country. My suggestion for roommates, friends, and family alike is to take at least one midnight trip in 2022, and just let the night take you where it wants to take you. I promise that you won’t regret it.
-The Chillow Team