A vacation on wheels can be a great adventure. There is the asphalt, the landscape that passes before us. Scenes from memorable films, such as Easy Rider and Thelma & Louise, or novels such as On the Road, by Jack Kerouac come to mind. That is the mystique of road trips, the magic of getting going and going wherever you want, letting the kilometers go forward because the important thing is not so much the destination, as to reach it.
Tips before a road trip
The first thing is to ask a series of questions: Where do we want to go? How much time do we have? Who do we travel with? A good place to start is on Google Maps. I always mark the place of destination and from where I leave and so I get an idea of the route, the distance, the places where you pass.
Most of the time I end up complicating the first route a bit to get to other points that I find interesting. Of course, the important thing is to have a clear basic idea, but leaving room for improvisation.
Own or rent a car?
Well, it depends on many factors: How many kilometers are we going to do? Is our car ready for a long trip or is it already a few years old? Are we going to travel in a group and need extra space? As much as you want a red convertible to emulate your cinematic heroes, it may not be the best choice if you travel to rural destinations or with children.
If you decide to rent the vehicle, always do it with time, read the fine print of all offers and contract with the insurance option. It comes out more expensive, but the tranquility on our vacation is priceless. As far as possible, already put to rent, better be an ecological car.
Of course, if you decide to travel with your own vehicle, it never hurts to make a small review and check that everything is ready to devour all the kilometers we want.
Maybe you wonder if this section is serious here, and I have to answer yes, that much. Music is one of the essential elements in every good road trip and the proof is that the soundtracks of road movies are always great. For this reason, you have to spend some time before leaving to prepare song lists.
They can be our favorite groups and artists, we can alternate styles. That sounds something of everyone’s taste, or try the music of the area where you are going to travel. Be that as it may, something always sounds in the car. Another very interesting option is to listen to the local stations as we pass through the places of the tour, you never know what information will be valuable to us.
Tips to keep in mind during a road trip
Get a GPS
Today any phone with internet connection is worth it. Just remember to bring a charger so you don’t run out of battery. There are also applications that will guide us successfully without the need for connection. These are very useful especially in rural areas where coverage may fail.
The navigation systems give you security and confidence in the route you are following, they indicate the times and the average speed, which are very useful data when it comes to tracking the trip.
They are not to go on the selfies in star plan, but they are super useful when driving during the day. Better if they are polarized and anti–reflective sunglasses. The quality of your vision is greater with them and they allow you to drive in a more relaxed way.
Have you tried driving when the sun is hitting you in the face? At least, I find it very uncomfortable and dangerous.
Food and water
There is no road route that does not whet your appetite. To do this, better prepare a travel bag with provisions. Make food easy to keep and eat in the car. They always crave sweets, chocolate, nuts, cookies, potatoes … It should not forget the healthy, so also look for other alternatives such as vegetable chips, rice pancakes, oatmeal cookies or fruits such as bananas or apples. Of course, do not forget that you have to hydrate, especially if the trip is in summer.
Tips to improvise a picnic
It is very practical and today they do not occupy as much space as in the past. Some chairs, maybe a table, the occasional plate and cutlery well stored in the trunk can take us out of more trouble. In addition, you never know when we are going to find a shaded corner in which to enjoy the landscape. The restaurant with the best views in the world can be past the next bend.
Make the necessary stops
This is a pleasure trip, so we don’t have to break the Le Mans 24–hour record or have a hard time, much less put ourselves at risk. We must always look for our own safety and that of others, therefore we must follow the basic rule of making 20 minute stops every two hours of travel, or every 150/200 kilometers.
Tricks that will make your life on the road easier
Not only because of the money that is going, but because many times the most interesting thing is on the secondary roads. For me there is nothing more boring than doing kilometers in the monotony of a highway.
This is an adventure that you can do alone or with friends, partner or children. You just have to keep in mind the tips above to make your car trip perfect.