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.
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!