There is little more exhilarating than going on a road trip. It gives you the opportunity to see a country at ground level, experiencing differing aspects of culture that you would miss if you were holed up in a tourist resort or jetting between A and B. Road trips are a rite of passage for many, and have been elevated to such a position by films such as Easy Rider though to Thelma and Louise. If you are planning a road trip, the following guide will ensure that you have the journey that you want, rather than a series of mishaps that make it more like a National Lampoons epic.
Who are you going with?
You need to think carefully about who you are going on the road trip with. The reality of a road trip is that you are going to be spending an awful lot of time in a small and confined space with these people, so invite with caution. Just because you enjoy sharing a beer with a friend, does not mean that they are the best travel buddy for your trip.
- Can you trust them?There may be times that you have to rely on them, will they have your back?
- What’s their financial situation?Will they be able to make equal contributions to gas, food, and accommodation?
- What’s their attention span like?You don’t want to be doing miles with someone who continually asks whether you are nearly there!
- Do they share your interests?You want to be able to see the sites that you want to and take full advantage of your road trip. Are they going to want to hike in Yosemite Park? Or are they more likely to want to sit in a bar? If you are opting for a road trip overseas, check out activities along your route with Escape With Pro so that you can plan accordingly. In Italy, for example, you could swap your vehicle for a test drive in a Lamborgini.
- Do you share expectations of accommodation? There’s nothing like an unhappy camper to put a damper on a trip!
What vehicle are you going to use?
The ideal vehicle may be an open top vintage Cadillac, but the reality is that you need a reliable car that is going to withstand the mileage and give you the comfort that you will need. The vehicle that you intend to use needs to undergo a thorough inspection before you start your trip so that it is roadworthy and safe.
Here’s a list of things that you need to consider:
- What’s the mileage per gallon of fuel? Is your choice of vehicle economical for driving long distances?
- Will it be comfortable for the passengers?Don’t forget you need to have room for luggage too!
- Agree in advance how you are going to split any repairs costs should they be needed.
- Discuss in advance about how you are going to split the driving. It is untenable to just have one driver, so make sure that the insurance covers all potential drivers.
A road trip is synonymous with liberation and transformation; it’s a journey of learning and exploration. However, that does not mean that you shouldn’t make plans! Have an itinerary that includes your preferred destinations but expect the unexpected and enjoy every minute.