How to Have the Road Trip of a Lifetime
Why not make your next vacation a road one? Here are a few essential tips and apps to make the ride a smooth one.
It was about 5 years before I decided to move to NYC, when I and my four best girlfriends decided to pack up and drive there. Two speeding tickets, one flat tire, and many hours later, we arrived in the big city. By then we’d realized that one girl forgot her wallet, the other her contacts. Two of us forgot pajamas. We all wanted to hook up our phones, but the car we rented didn’t have bluetooth so we had to resort to singing and “i spy” games (trust me — that’s not always a good thing!) It was a fun and memorable time, no doubt, but there are a few things I would’ve done differently had I read an article like this beforehand.
No matter the time of year, I have the itch to travel and explore. But in case you need a reason to go on a road trip, here are a few good ones:
- America is a great country to road trip in because there are parts of the USA that are warm at any point in the year, making it a great year-round vacation destination.
- If you’ve had your fill of theme parks and crowded beaches, why not channel your inner Jack Kerouac and plan a long cross-country road trip? If you haven’t already read or listened to his famous novel, “On The Road”, today’s a good day to download it and get inspired.
- Maybe you’re just ready for a different type of vacation — one where you can see the country, bring your dog, and meet people along the way.
- Or maybe you just want to avoid the hassles of air travel — especially with kids. A road trip is the perfect alternative.
- You could even do a themed road trip and hit up the best surfing beaches in America, or the best caves.
- It’s also a great trip to take if you need to be alone and clear your head. Listening to music or audiobooks and watching the open road go by can be its own form of meditation and therapy.
- Or, if you’re wondering how your relationship with your boyfriend will stand up to real life, a road trip is the best on-demand relationship test. With all that time to talk, and all the situations you’ll experience together, you’ll learn how you two interact when situations are stressful. And hey — if he turns out to be a jerk, you can always drop him at the nearest bus stop and keep going!
Either way, now’s the time to hit the road in a way that would make even Kerouac proud. To do this, here’s a guide on how to do road trips the right way:
If you are thinking about gas stations, and restaurants along toll roads, some U.S. interstate toll roads, such as the Ohio, and Pennsylvania Turnpikes, do have gasoline stations, and restaurants directly on the freeway. You don’t have to exit the toll road and pay the tolls if you don’t want to do. There’s usually a bigger selection of gasoline stations and restaurants, and likely cheaper prices, off the toll road, especially at major intersections.
North America has had a big car culture since the 1950’s. Driving the open road is “the” experience, and that includes stopping in all the cheesy attractions along the way!!! Not my cup of tea, but you sure do make it sound fun 🙂
I always check the engine before going for a long trip. I also bring a spare tire, so whenever something happens on my tire, I have spare for it.
You should always have a spare tire at the back of your car. It’s a must.
Let us hit the road now! I want to try these applications that Urbanette gave to us. What do you think? Are they worth downloading, or if they are paid apps, are they worth buying for?
I really want to do road trips, but the problem is I can’t stay awake for too long. I would be asleep in the middle of the trip.
Once I forgot to bring my hygiene travel kit, and the hotel doesn’t give complimentary hygiene kit. I have to buy it from a convenience store which is too far from the hotel. The lesson has been learned.
MY way of easing my stress is hitting the road with my love. Even if it’s just for a weekend. Simple, yet you are satisfied.
PackPoint is a great app. I am using it in my travels, and it gives me the right stuff I need on my trips. I am happy with it, so I suggest you download it.
I will test my boyfriend next week. I invited him to visit my mom in Boston, and he said that he will drive for me. I’m thinking of some tests on the road. Ha!
The longest trip that I ever had is the 8 hours drive. I am not the driver, I’m just a passenger because I would be exhausted in just a 2 hours drive, and what more on 8 hours, right?
ALways think to relax and even take a nap if needed when you’re driving long distance. Every two hours is good, and remember to eat light but enough also 🙂