If you love great adventures, road trips should be in your to-do list at least once or twice a year. Just being away from the comfort of your house for a while is in itself an adventure. When you add on the chances you will get to explore new places, take photos at incredible places and taste different delicacies you are not used to, it would be hard to resist the urge of going on a road trip. Besides, road trips come in all budgets. You don’t have to save for a whole year to go on a road trip like it would have been the case when going for an expensive vacation. So, what are you still waiting for? Read on and learn how to make your road trips super.
What do I need to know if it’s my first road trip?
If you are planning to do a road trip for the first time, consider the following.
Decide on the destination
It would not be so funny if you got lost in the middle of nowhere during your first road trip. While this can be fun and adventurous, not to some extent. For a start, choose a destination that is not too far from home. Even a one day road trip can be amazing for the first time. The experience you will have gotten from it will help you plan for the next one which should be a bit longer.
Check your vehicle
Your car must be in good condition when thinking of a road trip. Therefore, it would be a great idea to let a mechanic check your car for any mechanical hitches before departure. It is also important to get your oil changed, windshield wiper fluid refilled and confirm if all lights are in good working condition. This will reduce the chances of dealing with mechanical problems during your trip.
Choose a spacious car
Not every car is designed for long road trips. If you are going with a group of friends or family members, choose a car with enough space. You will be spending some hours in that vehicle. Everyone needs to be comfortable if the trip is going to be fun. Also, a car that gets great gas mileage can be a good choice when looking at ways to reduce the cost of your trip.
Tips to enhance your road trips
When considering a road trip, the adventure should be your priority. This should not be underestimated because you are used to road trips. If you want to make every road trip you take an amazing experience, here are tips to assist you.
Choose a unique route
To have an unforgettable road trip, choose a scenic route to your destination. There is no point in using interstate highways when travelling on private means. Otherwise, you won’t get an opportunity to view breathtaking and incredible physical features. Even though such routes may take longer to reach your destination, the aim of taking a road trip was to have fun and you will have accomplished that. If you are not sure with the route, use a map or check the internet. If it’s your first time on that route, make sure to leave early. You will have enough time for stopovers to enjoy the views and take photos. Again, even if you get lost, you will have time to find your way.
Find the right time
When planning for your next new exciting adventure, consider the timings. If you don’t love crowded places, then choose a low season. You will have all the time in the world to enjoy the views and taking the best shots without hurry. You may also choose to drive to your destination in low season if you are going with your family and you are the sole financier. Remember most hotels and other places tend to hike their fees during high season. When operating on a tight budget, stick to low season. However, there are certain destinations which are livelier during high season. If you had vowed to visit one or two such destinations, ensure to make your bookings early to avoid disappointments at the last minute.
Road trips allow you to explore the world and it wouldn’t harm if you got out of your comfort zone a little bit. Who said you can’t take a road trip during a rainy season? Road trips are fantastic during sunny days, but if that’s what you are used to, the change will be great. Consider hitting the road when it’s rainy and cold and see how the world looks like during such times. If you are going to drive on muddy roads, then consider a four-wheel machine to avoid getting stuck in the mud. With this kind of a trip, you may choose to leave the kids behind and make it an adult affair. Pack enough clothes to keep you warm. A heavy sweater, a scarf and some nice boots should top the list. Make sure you leave early because you don’t know what awaits you ahead. No need or driving even at night. Book into a hotel every night and enjoy a goodnights sleep. You will proceed to your destination the next day.
Do your research
Always do your research ahead of time. This will give you ideas on the most interesting route to take to your destination. You will also learn about all must-see attractions you can stop over and enjoy scenic views. Then make all the necessary plans including the car, travel insurance, accommodation and anything else you think will be important to make your trip a success.
A fun and a memorable road trip is the one which ends without an accident. Hence, don’t be in rush to reach your destination. Follow traffic regulations and be sober when behind the wheel. If you see something interesting, please park the car safely, step out and enjoy the views. It’s part of a road trip experience. So, next time you plan for a getaway, consider hitting the road instead of flying. You will enjoy both the trip and the getaway.