Planning a road trip? Check out these tips
Last updated on October 28th, 2022 at 08:44 am
Everyone at least once in their life should go on a road trip, whether with a group of friends or solo. This is one of those experiences that will stay with you for life. One of the exciting things about a road trip is the uncertainty of it. You don’t know where you will find the next pit stop, who’s going to meet you on the way? Having the road trip tips will guide you to plan a solo road trip.
There are things that you won’t be able to control no matter how much you try. All you can do is stay prepared and have fun while you are at it.
This blog covers everything you need to know for your first or 100th road trip tips. We have also included some road trip tips for our female solo travelers. Consider us as your road trip guardians, guiding you toward an awesome adventure.
- Navigation tools
Our first tip is to calibrate your navigation tool. One of the many wonders of technology is Google Maps. The application allows you to enter your current and final locations. But we advise you to wander off a little( not much, just enough). See if there are any places worth visiting that fall on your original route. See neighboring eating places and recreational areas. Don’t shy away from taking a few unexpected turns. Revel in the “what if” rather than “why should I”. All this while keeping an eye on your final destination, do not wander off too far away from it.
- Appropriate four-wheeler
This one is common sense but a rather important one. Choose your car wisely. You do not want a delicate Cadillac for off-roading or a two-seater sports car for 5 people road trip. Go through your trip in your head before booking a car. Your highlighted points should be what kind of road will you be driving on, what kind of trip is this, what the weather is going to be, mileage of the car, to name a few. Check the car properly before leaving for the trip. Make sure all the airbags are installed, seat belts work, all the buttons and indicators are blinking properly. Check the gas and tires as well. The last thing you need is a flat tire. Check the insurance of the rented car.
- Beats to groove
Ever heard of the Spotify ad where they emphasize the importance of good music while on a road trip? Well, they are right. Music does make a difference in the quality of the trip. If you are going with friends make sure you ask them their music preferences before leaving. Download your playlists and do not rely on an internet connection( you may go off the radar and lose internet connectivity). Always keep an extra USB cable in the dashboard compartment. Be flexible with your approach to music. Pass the aux to your friend who has complete opposite music taste to you. Tune in to the local radio and listen to what locals are jamming to. Save the playlist you listened to on the trip so that whenever you listen to those songs you will be taken back to your road trip days.
- Internet comes forward
There are several apps and websites on the net that are specifically dedicated to road trip tips( solo or group). They have information about campsites, cheap places to eat and stay, and insights from other travelers. Give these sites and apps a look. Someone else’s experience can save you a lot of money and time.
- Miles to go before I sleep
The poem we have borrowed the above phrase from talks about roads less traveled. This trip comes in the same neighbourhood (see what we did there). While your GPS will point to a certain route, do not be afraid to stop the car and ask locals about any detours. Spot a ghost town? Check it out but be cautious and keep your guards up. We are all for spontaneity but not at the cost of your safety, especially for our female solo travelers.
- Where the locals at
Skip the Mc Donald’s and go for local cafes and grubs. This might be the only time you will get to see those places. Do not worry your Mc Donald’s Chicken Nuggets can wait. Buy local food and goods. This will not only add finesse to your road trip tips experience but will also show your support to small local café owners. We would advise you to do the same with your accommodation. Pick a unique B&B over a famous hotel or resort. For solo travelers, always make sure you have accommodation before the day sets. Open the hotel booking apps and book your accommodation at least a day in advance.
- It’s cool to have a cool bag
Pack a cool bag or invest in a good quality electric car cool box. This will come in handy if are traveling with kids. Give them snacks to munch on while you feel the wind in your hair. This will be of great use for times when you cannot find any food joints to eat and are starting to get a little “hangry”. Keep those hunger pangs at bay.
- Turn your for wheeler into a camp
Not everyone likes the idea of staying at hotels and motels every night. If you cannot go camping why not bring camping to you? What’s more/It’s way cheaper than staying at a hotel and you might find it more fun. There are a lot of campsites where you can park your car at night and sleep in your vehicle. This is also a great way to meet new people and bond on shared campsites.
- Your company matters
It’s all fun and games until the car stereo breaks down and GPS stops working. You should consider bringing those people with you who are more interested in traveling with you than traveling at their convenience. Road trips can make or break a friendship. Finding the right travel partners is almost as important as finding the right destination. Bring those people who love you not only when you are sunshine and rainbows but also when you are confused and scared and angry.
Solo travelers can bring their furry friends along. It is fun to go on a solo road trip but if the trip is too long it starts to feel lonely. Your furry friends will keep you company and will also keep you safe from prying eyes.
These were the nine gems we have collected from years of experience in traveling. Now go ahead and put them to the test. Have a safe trip!
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