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5 Essential Road Trip Tips To Have the Time of Your Life

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Love going on road trips and don’t know how to plan? Planning on going on a road trip and need some pro tips? Look no further!

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5 Essential Road Trip Tips To Have the Time of Your Life

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Road trips are one of the most underrated forms of leisure of the age. The average American decides to take the next flight to anywhere using frequent flier miles- and spends the flight sleeping or watching movies.

 

There is an endangered art of road trips that bring a special magic to your vacation or any journey- the journey is half- and even sometimes most of- the fun.

 

On a road trip, you can enjoy scenery, explore local areas on the way to your destination, pace yourselves, make stops based on your energy levels and take turns driving, save money on flights, and overall enjoy the serenity of driving long distances.

 

The common mishaps that often come with road trips can easily be avoided if one plans carefully in advance.

Interested in taking a road trip anytime soon? Here are 5 essential road trip tips to make sure that you have the time of your life- and that you do not regret making the decision to go on one!

 

 

  • Take care of your car.

Your car is your vehicle and means of transport during a road trip. Well, duh. The truth is, we become so accustomed to driving our cars that we forget that in road trips, the maintenance needed is much more to ensure smoother travel.

 

Take your car for that oil change, change your tires, clean out the inside so you are in the coziest, most comfortable atmosphere possible when you are driving or if you decide to take a snooze in the backseat. Take care of any possible issues that may arise so it doesn’t hamper on your trip and take away from the experience!

 

 

  • Be open minded!

Although this goes for almost all vacations where plans go awry and we can’t always follow a pre-set “dream plan”, making sure to keep an open mind and overall be open-minded is a crucial tip to road trip bliss.  even with Google maps and all the other services the 21st century may provide, it is important to have only a loose plan of what you wish to do during the trip and the spots you wish to stop it. Plans can easily change- an accident can come up, you may find a beautiful hiking trail you did not expect to see, you might have a craving for a type of food, you may be stuck in traffic. Basically, things aren’t always going to go your way

 

Essentially, having an easy-going, open-minded attitude about your itinerary is critical in ensuring that your road trip is most enjoyable and that you make the most of every part of the experience.

 

 

  • …but having a plan is important!

As much as being open-minded and having a loose plan is fun and games, it is still important to have a basic outline of a plan to depend on when taking your road trip. It is important to have an idea of the roads you plan to take so you know what stops are generally appealing, or adjust your route thereafter if you feel there isn’t really anything that catches your eye on the way (unless you are going solely for the drive and scenery!

 

Also, sometimes not having any plan is the worst plan. Especially when booking hotels for the nights, it is important to have a target plan and hotel in mind to reach so that you are not stuck in the middle of the night without a place to stay.

 

Although, that can have its own side of fun in it, too.

 

 

  • Divide the labor.

When there is more than one person in a road trip, it can be important to split responsibilities and plan in advance.  Assigning jobs to refilling snack containers and who is going to drive and when is an important matter to sort out before the trip starts, so things do not get left behind or obstruct your actual enjoyment of the trip.

 

 

  • Pack prepared!

Keep in mind the things that are essential to you in making your road trip the trip of a lifetime. If you are not certain you can depend on radio music- preload your phone with your favorite tunes. If there is a certain type of snack that you enjoy- stock up on it! If you like being cozy and taking naps- pack cozy pillows and blankets!

 

Have access to credit cards and keep enough cash in case of emergencies! All in all, it is very important to be prepared in order to have a good time.

 

 

 

As underrated and overlooked road trips are, they are still quite popular and enjoyed by many. If you are interested in taking a road trip anytime soon, make sure to be prepared and follow all the tips you can find to ensure your trip is a trip of a lifetime- and to ensure you have the time of your life!

 

 

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Need a Break From Routine? Here’s How To Go On A Vacation- Every Single Day!

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Is there any way to take a break from this crazy routine-hectic life and have smaller vacations- every month, every week, or even- dare I say it- every DAY?

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Sometimes, all we need is a break from our routine. That’s what typical vacations are for, aren’t they?

 

Our cultures have made crazy, jam-packed schedules where we barely get time to enjoy quality time with our families, let alone to give our minds a piece of rest.

 

And when we do have vacations, they are a pain more than relaxation. Endless bookings, morning to night excursions, running from checkpoint to checkpoint attempting to hit every tourist hotspot in your week- does that sound familiar?

 

Then the rest of the year goes just as normal- droning like a machine, almost like we seem to do on our vacations as well!

 

Is there any way to take a break from this crazy routine-hectic life and have smaller vacations- every month, every week, or even- dare I say it- every DAY?

 

The other day, my uncle told me about a really awesome trick he uses to take a break from routine more often that we normally would, in our culturally scheduled vacations that we take- sometimes only once a year.

 

He told me that he dedicates an hour a day to unplugging himself from social media and his phone to simply enjoy his time. He would visit a beautiful place near his home, get something nice to eat, and just relax and unwind.

 

What he told me got me thinking- what if we could ACTUALLY take small mini vacations every day?

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually have mini-vacations on a regular basis, rather than planning for months on end for a crazy vacation with everything BUT rest?

 

 

It would be easy for me to say that there is only one way to do this, a simple formula to take a vacation a day, but instead of giving you a grand scheme or formula, I am going to give you a small list of tips.

 

Here are some guidelines to taking what my dear, inspirational uncle likes to call a Daily Hour Vacation:

 

 

 

  • Schedule an hour a day.

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Pick an hour of every day that you know you can take out without fail to focus on winding down. It can be the first hour of your day to relax and rethink yourself and confidence after waking up, or a lunch break, or even basking in the sunset.

 

Take your pick- and pen it to your schedule just as you would any important meeting. Your mental health matters!

 

 

  • Unplug yourself.

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Make sure that you are out of the influence of social media, news outlets, any other beepy sounds. Shut off that phone. Unplug from the World Wide Web. Focus on the NOW. Breathe in the present.

 

 

  • Pick a place.

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This can adjust based on the weather. Maybe you want to just sit on your front porch, or in your living room. You can go to the spotting of trees near the playground, or the new coffee shop not too far away, or drive through a nice trail that you haven’t driven by before.

 

Make sure it is not too far, so that you can return to your routine afterwards conveniently, while at the same time make sure it is relaxing.

 

Nature is always the best bet- as exposure to natural sunlight, the breeze, plants, and the overall aroma of the outdoors is good for one’s soul.

 

 

  • Pick an activity.

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There are so many things you can do to unwind. This, of course, depends on your choice of activity, and what relaxes you the most.

 

You can go for a run, or listen to some music, or do some baking, or pick up a good book, or write a list of thoughts, or write in a journal. You can even just do nothing and think, dream, imagine, daydream. Watch the clouds, count the stars. Or you can take your bike out for a spin.

 

This doesn’t have to be a session to squeeze in extra work or exercise or any of the other items on your to-do list. If you find yourself doing this, take a step back and rethink your activity. But if any of these things do indeed relax you, then be my guest!

 

The key is to do something that relaxes you.

 

 

  • Share it with a loved one.

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There is no better way to wind down from routine than to do it with a loved one. Most of our routines are interwoven with our loved ones’ routines, and when they intersect, it is quick hugs and kisses and words exchanged at dinner, if we lived so fast paced.

 

Enjoying this time as a mutual activity is perfect to enjoy, appreciate, and value each other’s company and wind down together. It will make the experience all the more enjoyable.

 

 

  • Stick to it as a routine- and watch your happiness and satisfaction levels increase by the day!

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Lastly and most importantly, no matter how your experience goes- whether it is sometimes longer or shorter, more or less satisfying as planned- make sure to keep it as a part of your routine.

 

Winding down, relaxing, giving your mind a time to take a break is critical for not only the functioning of your mind in your daily work tasks and potential, but also to your happiness.

 

 

Your mental health matters- and rather than saving our time to “relax” for a jam-packed weekend- why not start with a Daily Hour Vacation today, and see the impact it has on all parts of your life!

 

 

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