Last week my husband and I decided to take a road trip with Jaden to the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina for a few days. We stayed in Corolla in a lovely hotel on the beach, then we drove to Rodanthe, Nags Head, and Cape Hatteras. This trip was last minute, only planning a week before time, but we managed to do it on a budget. We plan on doing more road trips in the future which I’m really excited about! So I wanted to share some road trip tips and some photos I took with you guys.


-Book your hotel stay for days Monday-Friday, it’s much cheaper than trying to book weekend days.

-Read reviews on the hotel before you book a hotel, or you could end up staying in a roach motel. Trip Advisor is a great site for reading reviews.

-Read Yelp reviews on local restaurants and things to do.

- Pack snacks for the car, protein bars, banana’s, etc…water.

-Make sure you have good music for the drive :)

-Head out before 6am if you can. You beat a lot of traffic that way and get to your destination nice and early.

-If you can…drive with two people who can drive. Example, I drove to North Carolina and Carl drove back to the DMV. It’s nice to switch up and get a break during those long distances.

All photo’s taken by me, except the one of me:


Jaden was armed and ready for the beach. Corolla, NC





My two favorite guys about to do some body surfing :)



15Me: Heading into the ocean for a swim :)




Jaden’s smile makes me melt…



12 We went to see Currituck Light House



Two tea heads, Carl and Jaden :)




We went out for an evening stroll on the beach and I was able to capture the beauty of the evening :)



Corolla Beach in the evening :)



Look at the little guy we found: Jellyfish


11Poolside at our hotel. We made sure to take advantage of swimming in the pool and ocean.



We climbed 257 steps at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. I took the photo above of the inside of the lighthouse :)



Cape Hatteras Beach: The water gets more turquoise as you drive further down the OBX.


-5OMG…if you’re in Nags Head, NC you have to eat at Armstrongs Seafood!!! It’s a gem! They catch all their own fish, and I had the sweetest best tasting scallops I’ve ever had in my life along with fried okra, old bay potatoes, and fresh oysters, yummm!!! The food is good ol’ home style North Carolina comfort food. And the owner Dirt, was such a pleasure to speak with. He told us his family has been in that area since the 1700s and they were all fisherman!