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So you have the great American memorable road trip on your bucket list. Sadly it seems that this is becoming more and more underrated these days as more and more travelers want to fly or take a cruise. Sure, there are great options, but they simply do not afford the benefits that a car road trip offers.


Overall, they are more convenient and offer much more of an adventure. Once you experience your first car trip you will completely understand and see that there is simply no comparison. However, if you aren’t prepared and don’t know what to expect the entire trip can turn into a disaster. If you want to get the most out of your first car trip make sure you follow the tips below.


How to Have a Memorable Road Trip 


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Get Yourself a National Park Pass


It is true that a national park pass will cost you right around eight dollars, which might seem excessive, but in the end, it will be worth it. When you are traveling by car there will be plenty of parks that you can check out along the way to your destination.


In fact, in the United States, there are twelve major national parks and over 2000 federal recreation sites. There will be plenty of things to do in each park and it will leave a lasting impression that of nature and wonderment that you won’t get anywhere else.


Whether you take a quick hike or just stop for a quick lunch overlooking a beautiful bluff, the pass will pay for itself. 


Don’t Over Complicate Your Plans


It is good to always have some kind of plan in mind. After all, you don’t want to get on the road and discover that you left something crucial at home like your razor or toothbrush. Sure, these items can be purchased on the road, but that would be an inconvenience and take away from your travel budget.


While it is good to plan, you do not want to overbook yourself. Make your plans flexible and simple so that you can focus on what’s in front of you rather than focusing on what you are going to be doing next.


Watch Your Speed and Keep It


The biggest part of your travel budget with traveling by car will be gas. And, gas certainly isn’t cheap these days. You will find that throughout your travels you will come across a variety of highways that offer speed limits up to 70 or 80 miles per hour.


Sure, there are going to be other cars flying by you, but that doesn’t mean you have to fly. In order to consume your gas, you want to pick a decent speed and stick with it. High speeds in combination with rapid acceleration and deceleration will really eat away at your overall fuel economy.


Consider Renting A Vehicle


The type of car that you are traveling in is going to make all the difference in the world. You simply don’t want to travel across the country in your old beater with the thought of it breaking down on you in the back of your head, do you? That would take away from your overall pleasure.


Plus, you don’t want to be cramped up in a vehicle that is stuffy and uncomfortable or doesn’t have air conditioning. This would make for an extremely unpleasant experience. If you don’t have a vehicle that offers the amenities that you need for your trip you should consider renting a vehicle. You would be surprised at how affordable rentals are these days and you can check rental prices with reliable and accurate sites like  


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Hit the Bed Early And Rise Before Sunset


When was the last time that you took the time to enjoy a sunrise? There really is something magical about watching a sunrise from a beautiful location. This is where your national pass can come in handy again.


If you are going to be near a park make sure that you get in bed early the night before so you can be up before sunrise and watch the magic take place. Plus, this advice can serve some practical purposes as well.


Getting on the road earlier will help you avoid other commuters. It has been proven that fatal crashes are four times more likely to occur during night hours.


Eat Light During the Day


When you are traveling by car there will be times when you grow bored or you just simply want to stop at every exotic roadside stop that you come across. Well, this is a bad idea because there are several things that happen after consuming a big meal.


First, all your blood will be redirected to your digestive system, which will cause you to slow down. Secondly, high-calorie meals cause your glucose level to increase. When your glucose levels increase it causes your body to release an amino acid that is going to promote sleep. Eat light during the day and indulge at night.


Everyone should take at least one memorable road trip in their life. Take it from me, the road trip queen. There is so much to explore and see when you have complete control of your transportation. So don’t let a great adventure pass you by. For more road trip travel tips, be sure to subscribe and follow my tips and adventures. 


Christa Thompson

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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