Road Trip Tips That Will Make Your Vacation Less Stressful

A road trip can be a stressful experience, especially if you drive for long periods of time and in testing driving conditions. However, there are many ways you can reduce the stress so that your trip is a more relaxed, enjoyable experience for you and your passengers. Below are some effective road trip hacks that will make your vacation less stressful.


Road Trip Tips


Make a Non-Rigid Plan


To take control of any potentially stressful situation in life, you need to plan ahead. Preparing properly before you go on a road trip will ensure that you avoid potential problems along the way and that you will experience everything the places you are driving to have to offer.


Unfortunately, though, some people are too organized and stick too closely to a specific plan, which can be counterproductive. If a plan is too rigid, you put yourself under serious pressure to reach certain destinations and see certain things at specific times. Instead, you should create a general plan and go with the flow. If you enjoy a particular place along the way, have a plan that’s flexible enough to allow you to spend more time at that place, rather than giving yourself strict deadlines.


Ensure You Have Breakdown Cover


It’s essential that you have breakdown cover for your journey. GreenFlag is one of the most affordable breakdown cover companies, and they will be invaluable if you were to be unlucky and your car was to break down.  


Pack a Map or Sat-Nav


When you go to unfamiliar destinations, you don’t want to get lost or lose track of where you are. This can waste a lot of valuable time and is not good for your heart either. Make sure you pack a reliable map and bring a sat-nav with you, too. have an excellent range of sat nav reviews that you can trust. Most modern smartphones have this functionality, so make sure you can use this type of mobile app if it’s on your phone – either by asking a passenger to hold your phone or buying a mobile phone dock for your car.


Plan Parking in Advance


Finding parking spaces on your travels is another challenge drivers face. You want to be certain you can park in a safe location that’s close to important amenities, attractions, and accommodation. Instead of leaving the availability of parking to chance, you should plan ahead and book your parking space or spaces through a website like


Carry Cash for Toll Roads


When you hit the road, you want things to run as smoothly as possible and you want to experience as few delays as possible. Finding out what toll bridges you need to pass on your trip and having the right amount of cash for these toll bridges is another way to save time and allow you to stay focused on the road ahead. Visit my blog post on currency abroad.


Create a Driving Playlist


Every driver has a certain genre of music they enjoy listening to. Some people can listen to rock and roll for hours, some prefer hip-hop, while others are more interested in listening to slower, more soothing sounds. Interestingly, in a recent driver playlist survey pop music came out on the top, followed by classic rock and then electronic/dance music.


Before you set off on your adventure load up all of your favorite tunes that you enjoy listening to. This will make the driving part of your trip more entertaining and time should fly by while you sing your heart out.


A road trip should be remembered for all the right reasons. Following the tips above will ensure that this happens and that you have a stress-free, safe, and enjoyable experience the next time you hit the open road to go on your adventures.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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