I’ve done my fair share of traveling, but one of my favorite vacations to take is a road trip. My love of road trips began with my first big trip, a summer spent driving around the country with my family when I was only 9. Ever since then I have always enjoyed the spontaneity, freedom, and excitement that you get by driving a car down a six-lane highway, or the middle of Texas or up a Colorado mountainside. Here are some of my tips for planning a fun road trip getaway-
1. Research– Research your route to find points of interest, must see places and areas (or things) you should avoid.
2. Plan, but don’t over-plan– Obviously you need a general sense of where you want to go and when, but make sure to take advantage of the fact that you are driving yourself in your car on your own schedule. If you see an interesting detour, take it. If a local gives you a recommendation, check it out. Sometimes you can even skip hotel reservations, in favor of picking a place once you reach your destination for the day.
3. Be prepared– You never know where you might end up or what situation you could be in so you should be prepared as much as possible. It’s always a good idea to have car chargers, a flashlight, extra batteries, a First-Aid kit, some blankets, bottled water and lots of healthy snacks (think trail mix, granola bars, fruit). Also, some of these apps will come in handy as far as preparing for the best places to get gas, the current weather and rest stop information, among other things.
4. Bring a map– I hope this would go without saying, but these days were all so dependent on technology you never know. If you’re in an area without service, you’re camping so internet isn’t provided or one of your devices dies and you have no way to charge it, a good ol’ fashion map can do wonders.
5. Have fun!– By far, the most important tip I have is to just enjoy the trip and have fun. If you get lost, don’t get upset….you may stumble across the most scenic view you’ve ever seen. If you can’t find the restaurant you were hoping to try, just pick another one….it could be the best meal of your life. Road trips should be about enjoying the little things, stopping to smell the roses, exploring the beaten path and making memories with those you are traveling with.