Picture a road trip in your mind; what do you see? Like most people, you probably picture a car cruising down a highway, packed with happy people and as much luggage as the car can carry– that’s the conventional image of a road trip.
However, a road trip doesn’t have to be like that. The happy people are a necessity, of course, but one aspect that can be switched up is the vehicle. While you may always imagine that cars are the conventional vehicle for road trips, they’re not the only option. So before you head off on your next adventure, it’s worth evaluating the pros and cons of two main alternative options…
- You can transport more luggage, such as camping equipment or sports gear, allowing you to make the most of your destination when you arrive.
- Larger presence on the road, which can increase driving confidence.
- The larger storage area means you can transport the food and drinks you require, ensuring you don’t have to pay rip-off prices at convenience stores during your trip.
- Higher fuel consumption, which means higher costs.
- You may struggle to find auto shops along your route with specific experience of vans, as they are less common than cars.
- You may be restricted as to where you can go; for example, you can’t follow routes with height or width restrictions.
Vans are a great choice if the ability to store items is an important aspect of your road trip. While the fuel consumption is higher, the flexibility that vans offer cannot be denied– so it may be worth considering if you’re tired of having to play Tetris just to get baggage into your car for a road trip.
- Lower running costs; motorbikes are more fuel efficient than cars, so you’ll get more miles for your buck.
- Easy maintenance and repair if you suffer problems en route. You can take care of any issues yourself by ordering from Solo Moto, or find a suitable mechanic to assist you further.
- The opportunity to explore; you won’t be restricted by road size or even traffic.
- Requires specific training and licensing, so you will need to obtain these to enjoy the pros of a motorcycle road trip.
- It is impossible to deny that traveling by motorcycle means you will have to streamline your luggage and supplies, due to the lack of available storage space when compared to a car or van.
- Only applicable for small road trip groups; if you have a large family, then you’re better sticking with a car or van so you can keep everyone together.
So, could you be persuaded?
As useful as cars are, they are also somewhat pedestrian when it comes to road trips. They have restrictions, such as a lack of space and high fuel consumption, so there’s no reason not to consider your other options. If you want to try a road trip with a difference, the two alternatives above might just be the best way to do it.