Traveling by airplane is convenient and fast, but when was the last time you felt truly satisfied while traveling? We’re not talking about work trips or a quick weekend getaway with friends to Vegas, but a pack up the car, grab a map, and just drive kind of trip.
Road trips have inspired authors, artists, and filmmakers. They become a quintessential life experience for most young people. It’s an inspiring and exciting way to see the world. If you haven’t been on a good ol’ road trip for awhile, it’s time. Here are some tips for making it the most memorable yet:
Have a Plan, Be Spontaneous
How can planning and spontaneity go hand in hand? With any road trip, regardless of the distance or length of time, it’s a good idea to have a plan. Consider it an outline or rough draft at most. Some people only like to travel if they have an itinerary that they can follow.
While planning is good for other aspects in life, it can result in disappointment on a road trip. Loosen up a bit, have a lot of alternative plans and routes. Be organized enough to follow a map, but don’t get too stressed out about the path you choose.
Be a Local Not a Tourist
Being a tourist is cool and fun, but you are likely to miss out on some experiences along the way if you only act like one. While you may have a destination to reach a metropolis like Dallas, don’t forget to check out the little towns along the way.
Talk with the people who live in the small towns, support their businesses, be polite. These places make for some of the best adventures and stories.
Always Be a Smart and Safe Driver
Sure, some of the most well-known road tripping authors and artists engaged in reckless behavior along the way. It makes for a great story, but a harsh reality. Always follow the rules of the road, watch out for reckless, distracted, or drunk drivers along the way, and know how to drive defensively and respectfully.
Pack Light, Stock Up on Treasures
One of the biggest mistakes about road trip planning is overpacking. Yes, it’s smart to have the essentials like an emergency road kit and enough drinking water, but don’t bring half of your closet. Remember, if your clothes get dirty you can stop at a laundromat along the way.
Save the extra room in your car or on your roof rack for a one-of-a-kind souvenir. You never know when you’ll find a first edition of your favorite book or the perfect lamp for your apartment.
Eat Well, Sleep Good
Believe it or not, taking care of yourself while on a road trip will make your trip that much better. Eating a diet of greasy or junk food will leave you feeling unwell and not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of a drowsy driving accident.
Listen to your body and take breaks. Indulge in “The World’s Best Cinnamon Roll,” but also have a handful of carrots. Make good time on the road, but take a nap or stretch break at a scenic overlook.