Road travel is fun. You get to explore new places, appreciate the things around you more, meet new people, and make memories. It can be a bit tiring and sometimes boring too, though, especially if you’re on a long drive. But, here are some tips to make it more enjoyable.
Choose Your Vehicle Well
Your vehicle is one of the important things you need to prepare first, especially if you’re going for a long drive. Many people prefer using their own cars when going on a road trip as it’s more convenient because you don’t have to pay rent. However, it’s more ideal for small groups or for when you’re traveling alone.
If you’re traveling with a big group, though, renting a bigger car would be more ideal. If you rent an RV, for instance, you won’t have to worry about the space. An RV has enough space to fit you and your group along with your bags well compared to using multiple small cars.
Additionally, it’s also a better car option in case something goes wrong with your accommodation plans. You can use it to camp out instead and would even help you save more money.
Plan Your Route
If you’re expecting a long drive, it’s important to know your route well. This way, in case you need to rest for a bit, you’ll know where to stop for a while.
Planning your route is beneficial in case you need to go to the bathroom. If you know your route well, you’ll know where to stop for a bathroom break.
Doing so is also helpful for making the most out of your trip. If you check your route first before hitting the road, you might find some great spots to take a rest and just enjoy the scenery around you and even discover new places to eat.
Turn Off Your Phones
Smartphones have made everyone’s lives convenient. However, it has also started to take up so much of everyone’s time that people don’t have enough time to enjoy others’ company and everything around them in person anymore.
So, to make your road travel more memorable and fun, consider turning off your phones. This way, you can talk more and enjoy the sights around you. This will also keep other distractions away while you’re on vacation, such as calls from your work.
Only use your phones when necessary, such as using maps for directions. It might be a bit inconvenient and uncomfortable at first. But, it will make your trip more memorable and you will be more present.
Long drives are fun until you feel your legs and butt hurting from sitting for too long. As cliche as it may sound, but too much of anything is bad, right?
So, don’t forget to take breaks from the car too. Stop every couple of hours and give yourself a rest. Stretch your legs and even get to see sights around you. Your body will thank you for it and, with this, you can also make unexpected memories.
Eat and Stay Like a Local
If you’re traveling to a new town, region, or country, there’s nothing better than eating like a local. Instead of eating at popular restaurants or fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, etc., try out some local delicacies instead.
Consider dining at local establishments that you don’t have in your hometown. Doing so allows you to explore other cultures through your palate.
You might not like some of them as some dishes, especially in other countries, might be different for your liking. But, it’s part of the experience, which will make your trip memorable. Besides, it might be the only chance you’ll get to taste them.
The same goes for your accommodation. It might be tempting to stay at 5-star hotels and experience the high life even for a while but staying at local establishments can be a bit of an experience too.
Prepare Your Playlist
A long quiet drive can be therapeutic for some but it can also be boring for others. It could even make you more sleepy while driving. So, as you plan for your trip, don’t forget to prepare your playlist too.
The things you listen to can affect your brain. Therefore, choose something that will help keep you up and alert while driving, such as upbeat music. Your passengers will enjoy it too and might even sing along. Podcasts and audiobooks may also help with long stints while driving.
Road travel can make your great memories. Just prepare well for it and you will enjoy it more.