Planning A Road Trip
In order to enjoy the trip, you need to plan properly so that you do not have to suffer any unpleasant surprises along the way.
The following tips on planning a road trip will help you ensure that you have all that you need, that you have made arrangements for all possibilities, and that you will truly enjoy the experience.
Never limit yourself to just one or two places to visit. Keep your options open and make a list of around 10 places that you could visit. If you are travelling with others, show them the list of places and let them pick which ones they would like to visit. This will ensure that all of you get to enjoy the trip, and that the decision is not unilateral.
Plan your budget based upon the places that you have planned to visit. Also, plan other expenses that would be incurred with regard to food, accommodation, recreation as well as visiting places of interest.
If you have a fixed budget, plan your trip within the budget, with a small buffer to spare so that emergencies can be accommodated without any confusion.
Get a map and highlight the places that you plan to visit. This will help you plan the route that you need to take. These days, planning your road trip can be made easier by means of GPS systems that chart out the shortest route for you.
This system will also help you track where you are in case you get lost, and will give you details of the nearest accommodation to where you are, in case of any such eventuality.
Continuous driving can be tiring. Therefore, plan out the phases of driving. Mark out halt points where one driver can relax and another person can take over.
After all, the road trip should be pleasant for all involved, and just one person should not have the task of driving all the way. In case only one person is licensed to drive, plan appropriate halts so that he/ she can get enough rest before proceeding.
Make a list of things that would be needed for each of you to carry on the road trip. This will prevent any last minute confusion as well as any unnecessary purchases of things that might have been forgotten.