Do you have ‘go on a road trip’ scribbled on your bucket list for summer 2019? It’s a great way to spend a few days or a week, you’ll get to visit lots of different locations on one trip and see some mind blowing scenery. Best of all, it doesn’t have to cost that much if you plan carefully. Here’s how you can go about it.
Work out your route
First things first, you’ll need to work out your route. This might be the country you live in, or it might involve taking flights or a ferry to the country you want to drive in. Check out popular road trip routes for that location online, or you could create your own based on the things you want to do or see.
Jot down points of interest and where you’ll stay
Once you know your approximate route, you’ll need to work out where your stops will be. If you’re driving a car then you’ll need hotels, motels or travel hostels each evening and will have to find out where they are. If you’re driving an RV, you’re able to park up just about anywhere (as long as it’s safe and legal) which gives you more flexibility. You can use hotels or campsites as you come across them. Think of the places you most want to see on your trip, any tourist attractions, natural wonders, towns or cities that interest you. That way you can include them on your route.
Decide on your vehicle
Your vehicle is an important thing to get right when you’re planning a road trip. If you’re driving your own car, you’ll want to have it MOTed, fully serviced and checked over ahead of time. You should also have breakdown cover in place, as well as a few of your own tools just in case anything goes wrong. If you’re going to hire a car or RV, find out if there’s a mileage limit and if there will be a surcharge for a one way trip. That way you can make an informed decision about what will be the best for you.
Consider what you’ll eat
What you’ll be eating and doing will depend on your budget. You always have the option to stop at cafes and restaurants along the way, but if you don’t want to break the bank there are cheaper alternatives too. Get yourself a cool bag and fill it up with supplies from the supermarket each day which is sure to save you money. You could always go out and eat at places you really want to go to then, rather than having to pay over the odds for every meal.
Bring things to do
Being on a road trip gives you the option to see so much within one journey. However, there are always going to be parts that are a little tedious. Whether you’re stuck in traffic or driving through a not so scenic part of the route, it can be worth having things to do. You could play car games, or download some shows or movies to your tablet or laptop. If you’re travelling with kids or teens then this is particularly important!