Often we wish that taking a road trip would be as simple as making the decision and hitting the open road. If you’ve taken a few you know, that’s not the case. If anything, it can be quite overwhelming if you’re not adequately prepared- a roadside puncture or the engine overheating in the middle of nowhere being some of our dreaded nightmares. That doesn’t have to be the case with these few tips.
- Don’t rush it
The point of going to a road trip is to enjoy the journey, where you end up doesn’t make much of a difference; if it did it would be a vacation. Take time off and plan one that spans over a few days to get the most out of it. It gives you the freedom to tour random places that weren’t necessarily on your main route and discover a few gems. You’re also able to travel the country and makes for some good stories at the men’s barber shop or with family once you get back home.
- Know where you’re going, but keep your options open
While you should leave room for a detour, have a general plan of where you’re going to avoid having nighttime finding you on the road. Another reason to plan is that it gives you the opportunity to research or ask your network what stops you can make along the way. You’re then able to prioritize and plan accordingly.
That said put aside large chunks of time that don’t have anything specific scheduled. It reduces the pressure you may have to get to your destination, at least for the night to rest. Nowhere should be off limits unless it says so. If you’re a planner by nature, this is the perfect time to loosen up the tight rein on your day and relax.
- Bring food and entertainment with you
Whether some snacks or a picnic, you’re better off bringing something with you especially on unfamiliar roads. A cooler full of your favorite drinks and other finger foods are perfect for a roadside picnic when you just want to have a break and enjoy the scenic view.
A great playlist makes all the difference during a trip. Having karaoke in your car, playing card games or a game of cards during the picnic stop keeps you entertained for hours, keeping boredom at bay. It is especially important if you have young children with you.
- Capitalize on routes with great scenery
Speaking of scenic views, choose one where there are all sorts of terrain instead of one flat, monotonous landscape. You can have one with cliffs or mountains- basically anything you’re not used to seeing. You can also get creative with your accommodation. Why not get a travel trailer or carry camping gear with you?