“Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.” – Confucius. Are you ready to hit the open road for a memorable and customized adventure? With some planning, determination, curiosity and creativity, embarking on an unforgettable and life-altering journey is within reach. Road trips have been a part of American culture since cars began gracing the highways, so it’s no surprise that they remain popular among travelers who want to explore regions at their own pace.
However, planning an amazing road trip can seem overwhelming, but with the right tips and tricks, you’ll find that it is easier than you think. Here are a few tips to get your planning journey rolling in the right direction:
Preparing for a Stellar Road Trip
Start preparing for your road trip as early as possible. Doing so will give you more time to plan out routes and lodging options, book campgrounds further in advance if needed, check on what activities may be available along certain parts of your route – all necessary information for a successful adventure.
AARP.org highlights the importance of assembling the essentials for any emergency situation. Cell phone charger (learn about networks along your route beforehand), first-aid kit, jumper cables, spare tire/tire repair kit – bring all these items alongside food and drinks you usually pack on long journeys (cash and coins might come useful too).
A blanket could be handy during winter trips as well. Once you have planned ahead, consider which route works best for you to reach your destination on time.
One of the most important aspects of planning a successful trip is to add side trips or detours along the way. You’ll want to see monuments like the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio and explore places such as Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park or South Dakota’s Black Hills for sites like Crazy Horse memorial, Devil’s Tower and Mount Rushmore.
Exploring small towns offside routes with local restaurants can be a great addition, too. When it comes to car selection, make sure to go with fuel efficient convertibles, sports cars (which give more freedom) and small crossover SUVs; however, large trucks are so comfortable, it’s a shame not to choose them as well if comfort is your main priority.
Also, don’t forget to check the condition of the vehicle beforehand – get oil changes, refill wiper fluid, check lights, etc., to minimize chances of repair on the road.
Remember, careful planning of an amazing road trip can take time but the end results will be worth it. With these tips in mind, your destination is closer than ever and you’re guaranteed a smooth journey towards adventure that only a long spell on the open road can bring.