I cannot drive long distances without a travel buddy. As a child, my mother would tell me that if I fell asleep in the car when we traveled that we would be closer to our destination when I woke. This worked! However, since I spent much of my childhood traveling around the United States, my body had grown accustomed to the gentle sway of the car. Like a lullaby, it gently rocks me to sleep. Travel buddies keep me actively engaged in conversationsI don’t nod off behind the wheel after 30 minutes of driving.