Even though the regular summer holidays with some beach relaxation and hours spent sunbathing and swimming are still quite popular, there are also those other types of holidays that you should simply experience at least once in your lifetime. One such trip is a road trip, and if you haven’t taken your best friends, sat in the car and hit the road, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Moreover, you can also opt for this step in a distant country – the only thing that you need is a map and a rental car. But how to exactly make an unforgettable road trip? How to make it even more interesting than it already is?
Check your vehicle
The first thing that you should do is have your vehicle checked. Even though it doesn’t sound much fun, there won’t be any unforgettable road trip if you’re experiencing any problems with your car, right? So, unless you are going abroad where you will rent the car (in which case, it will be checked by the rental company), make sure to go to a good mechanic and have your brakes checked first of all. Apart from that, you need to see if your car has plenty of oil and water and if everything else is in perfect order. This might be a bit daunting, but you cannot go on a road trip unprepared, and this is definitely your first step.
Don’t have a plan
Organizing road trips are actually organizing a very spontaneous holiday. You should definitely do a bit of research on what you should see and visit, but make sure not to go very much in depth as you will ruin the whole experience of the road trip. Over planning and overscheduling your road trip can make this whole experience much more stressful, so it’s always better to just go with the flow. You will see along the way which places you want to stop and see, and which restaurants you want to eat at. Sometimes, the internet is not a good reference, as you might find something much more aesthetically pleasing once you see it.
Get off the beaten track
One way to experience the road trip in the best possible way is to explore all the mysteries the smaller roads have. This is why it’s always good to sometimes turn left or right, and go to your destination via a road that is rarely traveled through. Even though you can choose any car you have, it would be advisable to have the best off-road caravans – these are excellent for any weather and can go through any terrain (and you have no idea what terrain is waiting for you around the corner). Apart from that, you will experience the area in a much better and authentic way. A small detour will not take much of your time, yet it can create many powerful memories, so always choose to research the area and the roads just a bit more.
You will spend a lot of time in the car, and it’s not like you can watch through the window the whole time, do you? This is why it would be a very good idea to load your car with several entertainment options – such as different games that you can play (minus the driver – that person should keep his or her eyes on the road!), but you can always play different road trip games. Of course, stock your phone with different songs that you will play on your road trip. Quick hint: If you think you’ve got plenty of songs, think again! You’ll easily get bored with those, so make sure you really have PLENTY of songs, especially if you need to prepare them prior to your road trip.
Don’t forget your camera
If you play your cards right, take the path less traveled, visit interesting places, then your Instagram account will be on fire, but only if you actually bring your camera. However, it’s not only photos that you can make – why not make a small vlog about your road trip? These are always interesting and can be amazing memories for the future. Make sure to know how to edit a vlog video (which can actually be very easy) and you’re good to go!
Your road trip experience should be amazing. Not only is it completely different than a regular holiday, but you can learn so much more about you and about the place you’re visiting. It sometimes feels so good to just drive around without a plan, and stop wherever you want to.