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A road trip to Destin, FL, white-sand beaches and seafood
  Almost 12 hours, including stops. That was how long it took for the road trip part of our road trip to Destin, FL. Who was it that said getting there is half the fun? Obviously, they haven’t driven at night the nearly seven hours from Dallas to Shreveport and Lafayette, LA, then on to Baton Rouge. But the thought of our first vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast sustained four of us through the darkness. Starting at 11 p.m. on a Friday, we planned to be in Destin by 11 a.m. Saturday, in time for breakfast at Another Broken… Read More

Auto loans when you have bad credit
  Is your credit perfect? Yeah, neither is most people's. Buying a car or getting an auto loan when you have bad credit can be challenging, but the best way to approach it is simple: know what you're getting into. Many people with bad credit get auto loans every day, and the question is simply, "How?" And this is where it helps to know what you're getting into. It might not be difficult, but there are steps that should be taken. First, it's important to understand your own expectations. Are you expecting to get your dream car for a bargain?… Read More

Easy and effective car maintenance
  Driving is fun. Being prevented from driving is not fun. I could stop right there, and let my editor smile with pride at my terse efficacy, but I'd be leaving out the really easy and cost-effective ways to keep common automotive problems from preventing your fun. So let's take a look at some vehicle maintenance tips that will keep you on the road and in the fun. Wiper blades If you can't see, you are effectively in an enclosed, flying, steel box. Keep your windshield clear for you to see while you drive, which is a winning combination. We… Read More

An American Holiday in the French Quarter
  So flying to New Orleans to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend may not technically qualify as a “road trip,” but surely tackling the streets of the French Quarter on foot should count for something, right? However, when visiting the French Quarter, the emphasis should definitely be on the word “trip” rather than “road.” This wasn’t my first time going to the Crescent City, but it was my first visit during the Fourth of July. As usual, there were several factions of people invading the Quarter. You had your conventiongoers, your family reunion/vacation groups and then your general revelers,… Read More

Boyhood – a film that leads to reflection
  We’ve had our share of exciting movies already this summer, but one of the most unique and anticipated movies of the year has finally arrived. It only took 12 years to get here, but it was worth the wait as it touched me personally. Boyhood, written and directed by patrician indie filmmaker Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Dazed and Confused), follows a family over a 12-year span, using the same actors, with no makeup or wigs. Indeed, both the story and the filming cover a dozen years.   Richard Linklater, Lorelai… Read More

Music to drive by: songs and bands for road trips
  We asked a few people from our RoadLoans staff about what their favorite bands and songs are for road trips, and they've got some pretty sophisticated answers. That’s tough. If I had to pick one song, I’d pick two. “Falling Objects” and “Bleed Out” by The Influence. Also rocking out to Pearl Jam and Joan Jett. Then, “At Last” by Etta James to calm down after we’ve arrived. - Mark Macesich, Senior Writer/Editor “Banditos” by The Refreshments. It's the perfect song to start an adventure. For me, road trips are about being fearless; about the unknown. I start every… Read More