Road trips are becoming an increasingly popular holiday choice, and it’s no surprise. What’s more exciting than the freedom of the open road allowing you to go pretty much wherever you want? Of course, although it’s a relatively low-maintenance and low-cost travel option, there’s still a few things you’ll want to be aware of to make your trip as fun as possible.
Make sure your car is ready for the journey
Whether you’re using your own car or renting something bigger for the trip, you’re going to want to make sure it’s ready. Check there’s no damage or issues to the vehicle that could potentially hinder your holiday whilst you’re halfway through it. If you’re hiring a car, take pictures of any already existing cosmetic damage so that you’re not charged for it upon returning. You’ll need to make sure you’re carrying all the necessary documents and paperwork, too (including proof of insurance) so that you’re not unnecessarily caught up in any problems during your travels!
Have a loose itinerary
One of the many appeals of a road trip is the freedom that comes with it. Holidays are usually strictly outlined in terms of where to stay and what to do, but when you’re constantly on the move you’re able to go anywhere. With that being said, it’s good to have some form of itinerary that loosely details what you’re planning to do. This way you’ll be able to manage your time better and visualise an overall route that you can always stray from along the way.
Bring entertainment for the little ones
Sure, you’ll be stopping frequently during the trip at some incredible places, but the journey itself probably won’t be as exciting for you children. It’s essential to make sure they have some form of entertainment to keep them occupied. Books, tablets and games are all great ideas – consider saving films and programmes offline that they can watch over and over. The time will fly by if they’re distracted by something else, and you won’t have to hear that dreaded question – “are we there yet?”
Make time for breaks
It’s important that you’re always leaving some time to anticipate breaks. Whether it be for the toilet, some food or just to stretch your legs, you’ll likely be pulling over somewhere often. It’s not all bad, though – you could end up discovering somewhere you didn’t even plan to visit. When planning your route, try and ensure there are going to be petrol stations or restaurants frequently along the way, so that you’re not left without any fuel at the most inconvenient time.
Have a budget
To prepare for any unexpected costs during the trip, it’d be helpful to have a budget that allows for a bit of spare money on the side if needed. A daily budget needs to take into account all of the necessities, including food, drink, fuel and accommodation – as well as the fun stuff alongside it. This way, you’re not going to run out of money.
Relax and have fun!
A road trip is one of the most laidback holidays you’ll ever have. It’s the cheaper and more exciting alternative to the typical summer holiday, and it’ll give you an experience you will never forget. Enjoy it! Play some fun car games with the family on the road and savour every moment of the journey, whether it be the unexpectedly lovely meal you had at that restaurant in the middle of nowhere or the drive through a mountainous landscape. There’s no telling what you’ll get up to on a road trip, but it’s bound to be one of the most adventurous things you’ll ever do.
Disclaimer: Collaborative post.