If you ever have the opportunity, you should take a road trip, at least once. There’s nothing else like it; the open road, the playlist, stopping at crazy landmarks along the way. It’s a journey you’ll never forget.
Like all vacations, it takes a bit of planning, of course. Spontaneity is good, but a little structure is useful and will help you avoid some of the pitfalls. So, if a road trip is on your bucket list, move it to the top of your list and follow our tips.
If you’re taking a road trip, you’re going to need something to travel in. If your car isn’t up to the mileage, consider a rental. If you do intend to travel in your own vehicle, make sure you get it serviced before you leave. It’s no fun at all sitting on the roadside of a town you don’t know waiting for a pickup truck. And on that topic, make sure your insurance, breakdown cover, and all documentation are up-to-date.
Another great way to tour the country is via RV. It takes the hassle out of finding accommodation each night. And there are plenty of RV parks across the country, whether you’re looking for a relaxing resort, or taking a whistle stop tour of Idaho.
Plan But Not Too Much
It’s a good idea to plot a route and have a rough idea where you’re heading. This will make it easier along the way. You’ll be aware of places you can stop, food outlets and motels, etc. Planning will help you avoid road works and hold ups which are never good when you’re spending hours on the road each day. You can also make a list of any ‘must visit’ places, so you don’t miss them.
But don’t plan every aspect of the vacation. This defeats the purpose. The idea behind the road trip is throwing a few things in a suitcase and seeing where the road takes you. Go for somewhere in-between a structured route and throwing caution to the wind.
Music And Podcasts
After the novelty of being in the car for a few days, it can become a little tedious. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have some entertainment to hand. Load your cell or MP3 with several playlists. Download podcasts and audio books in advance to ease the journey. You’ll find that whenever those songs play in the future, they’ll be a reminder of your trip.
Clean Your Car
Clean your car out several times during the journey. Spending hours in your car each day will see you accumulate fast food wrappers, motel receipts, and other garbage. This soon mounts up, creating a messy and unpleasant atmosphere. Clear your car each day to keep it clean and tidy.
Take A Paper Map
Cell phones run out of charge and stop working. GPS fails. Always take a paper map with you as a backup. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no map and no way to find your way to the nearest town is not fun.
Keep Cash For Tolls
Toll booths pop up in the most unexpected places. Make sure you keep some dollar bills and coins in the car with you. This will avoid fines stacking up.
Other than that, take a camera, be spontaneous, have fun and make memories. This trip will be something to tell the grand kids.