Who says adventure is only for the young? If you’re looking to add a bit of thrilling adventure to your life, then there are few things better than loading up the car with supplies and hitting the road for an exciting journey with your friends. But if you’ve never taken a road trip before, then you may be wondering how to take this type of travel and get the most out of it. Road trips do have a subtle mix of planning and spontaneity, after all. We guide you through the need to know essentials below.
Throw Away the Guidebook
If you have your heart set on a particular destination, then save it for your next weekend break and explore it in-depth. A car journey is about adventure! And not just any adventure, but discovering your own version of the adventure. There’s little space for a guidebook on a road trip. It’s much better to make your own route and see where it takes you. If you have a free flowing spirit and some of your best friends around you, it’ll be a memorable trip!
Go With the Flow
The planning process of a road trip is fun, and a worthy part of the whole process, but there is such a thing as overplanning. If you’re going on a journey that involves covering several hundred miles, don’t have every twist and turn figured out. You might decide that you like one area more than you thought, and decide to stay a few more days exploring all that it has to offer. It’s best to have a rough outline of your trip, and then make adjustments as you go. Go with the flow is just about the best advice there is!
Mix Up the Accommodation Types
Say goodbye to boring old chain hotels! When you have a set of wheels, you’ll have the option of camping, glamping, staying in funky B&Bs, and living it up in luxury hotels. On the trip, try to stay at as many different accommodation types as possible - it’s all part of the fun!
It’s not just the young and reckless who are a danger on the road. Everybody is, especially when they’re covering so many miles a day and driving in unfamiliar terrain. Anything can happen when you’re on the road for so many hours; browse here for some of the common accidents that occur. As well as paying attention to your surroundings, make sure you’re taking long breaks between driving sessions, and that you’re not acting too immature while moving. But immaturity is recommended at other stages, as we’ll see below...
Act Like Children
The open road offers a chance to break away from the everyday. You can wake up at a different destination every day. You can meet every type of person. It’s pure adventure! So don’t be afraid to act silly when you’re out of the car. Life doesn’t offer too many opportunities to relive your youth, but a road trip definitely does!