A road trip is like no other vacation. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of throwing a suitcase in the trunk and seeing where the road takes you, you should add it to your bucket list. But to make the most of your trip heed the following advice.
Road Trip Tips to Keep Your Adventure Trouble Free
Plan A Little But Not A Lot
The fun of a road trip is that you don’t know exactly where it will take you. It’s the thrill of the unknown and unexpected. However, if you throw caution to the wind and don’t plan at all, you could end up in hot water. So it’s wise to have a loose plan. Start by thinking about the areas you’d like to visit and then do your research. Look at travel guides, reviews, first-hand accounts, etc. to get an idea of the area. If you don’t like uncertainty, find a pre-planned route like this guide to traveling through the South. It maps out places of interest and accommodation, etc. But if you prefer to be a little spontaneous, have a handful of places you’d like to visit and a list of decent accommodation, and leave the rest to wherever the days take you.
Service Your Car
Road trips rely on transport. Unless you’re chartering a bus, you need to ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top condition. Make sure it’s serviced before you leave and ensure you have everything you need in case of a breakdown. If you decide to rent a car, do your research, book ahead, and check your insurance. Make sure you have breakdown cover.
Don’t Rely On Technology
We’re so used to GPS, route finders and Google Maps, etc., that we tend to take them for granted. But what happens if you can’t access GPS or the internet? And what if you’re lost and in the middle of nowhere? As well as your tech, make sure you take some old-fashioned maps. They could get you out of a sticky situation. And if you never need to use them, they won’t take up much space.
In the first day or so, driving will be a novelty. You’ll be excited and looking forward to the trip. But after a few days, it will feel less appealing. So, make sure you have enough to occupy yourself. Download some road trip tunes and a few podcasts to keep you going.
Keep An Eye On Traffic
Tune into weather and traffic reports to anticipate hold ups. After a day on the road, you don’t want to be sitting in rush hour traffic for the next two hours.
From time to time, get off the highways and take the back roads. This is what road trips are all about. You’ll get to see everyday life, and may even come across some interesting landmarks and attractions.
Depending on the duration of the trip, take a few breaks along the way. This is something you can plan ahead of time. Driving or being a passenger can be tiring and it’s good to relax and do something different in between.
For many people, their road trip is the vacation they remember with fondness for years to come. So, plan a little, have fun, and see where the road takes you.