Families and individuals of all ages, sizes and incomes love to travel to faraway lands. And when it comes to road trips, it's a different level of excitement. In fact, according to a 2022 survey, road trips continue to be one of the most popular forms of travel in a post-pandemic world. If you are also planning to go on a road trip for the first time, here's everything you need to know to have a stress-free experience.
Map Your Route
You must be familiar with the route you will be going. It is best to plan for everything from the towns or states you will be travelling through to the hotels and other accommodations along the road, restaurants, and the rest stops you will make. Additionally, look for pharmacies and hospitals to keep yourself informed in case of any accidents. Further, you can personalise your itinerary using Google Maps' My Maps tool when planning a road trip with numerous routes and stops. This lets you include as many points of interest and driving instructions as possible.
Find Food, Cheap Fuel, And Other Points Of Interest
Fuel costs vary from one state to the next. So it's wise to research pricing before starting your adventure. You may save money using Google Maps to find the best bargain nearby for fuel pumps and rates. Additionally, include enough time for hikes, especially those on local hiking paths. You can also search online for intriguing places, activities, and nearby eateries that offer takeout and curbside service.
Prioritise Your Safety
Only some enjoy the freedom to go whenever and whenever they like. Travellers who identify as LGBTQ, women, or have a disability may want to take extra security measures. Make further inquiries to inform yourself better. Look for lodgings and eateries that are welcoming to LGBTQ people or that have the resources to meet your particular requirements.
Books Accommodations In Advance
When travelling by car, you never know what detour you might take or how long you might be stalled in highway traffic. Therefore, searching for hotels and Airbnbs with cancellation policies is a good idea. For this, apps like Oyo, Hostelworld, and Airbnb are helpful.
Let A Pro Do The Planning
Always keep in mind that you don't have to handle everything yourself. If organising a road trip overwhelms you, you might hire someone specialising in planning this to handle it for you. If not that, ask a friend or family member who has travelled by car to make the itinerary for you.