Ten Tips On Making Your Road Trip A Positive Experience With Tradewinds Travel Club
With the price of travel skyrocketing, Tradewinds Travel Club understands that saving money on travel while still enjoying a vacation is important to many travelers. Finding new or old ways to travel and save money has become the goal of vacationers across the world. Tradewinds Travel Club would like to offer the top 10 tips on how you can make the most of your vacation by enjoying a road trip.
Road Trips – A Vacation Of The Past Reborn
Most travelers remember the days when your parents would pack up the station wagon and load you and your siblings in the back seat only to sit there for a cross country journey. The advent of technology has brought about a renewed interest in this type of travel in recent years. With a slumping economy and no less desire by the common man to travel, road trips have become a great way to explore the U.S. and save money in the process.
Making the most of your road trip involves some preparation on your part. The following tips offer you a variety of ways in which you can make the most of your road trip and arrive home without regretting you even took the vacation at all.
Make sure you get your vehicle checked before you go
To often, people forget that maintaining their vehicle is the number one way to prevent a breakdown. Those of us who enjoy a good road trip have probably had an experience when the car broke down miles away from our regular mechanic if we haven’t prepared. Be sure to get the oil and all other fluids checked before you leave to help prevent a breakdown.
Plan to take breaks along the way
A road trip is about experiencing the sights. Researching your route and places of interest will offer a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy the great destinations along the way.
Reserve your lodging in advance
Most hotels and motels are willing to work with you when it comes to your arrival time. There is not much worse than arriving at your destination late at night and having a no vacancy sign staring in your face.
Ensuring that you have enough room to stretch your legs or move your arms while still having the supplies you need takes some strategic planning. When packing the car, be sure to leave items you may need to get to while you are traveling in a place that is easily accessible.
Not only will this save you money, but if you pack the correct snacks , it can be far more healthy as well.
Take turns driving
If it is a long trip on the road and two of you can switch off as the driver, this will help prevent you from becoming over-tired and protect everyone on the road. A sleepy driver can be as dangerous as an intoxicated driver.
Bring some music
If you are traveling far off the beaten track, you may not get reception to a radio station you enjoy. Bringing some music along ensures that you and everyone else in the car will have something pleasant to listen to.
Follow the rules of the road
Easy enough to do, but often overlooked, watching for traffic signs or not watching, can cause some serious inconvenience on your road trip. If you are unfamiliar with an area, be sure to pay extra attention to changes in speed or other traffic signs to ensure your safety and prevent getting a ticket.
Stop before you need to
Though the U.S. is filled with gas stations and rest areas, they never seem to be there when you need them most. You can help prevent the emergency stops for bathroom breaks or running out of gas by stopping when you see a safe place to do so. Don’t wait till you are going to explode or when the car only has fumes left in the tank, be preemptive.
Bring an atlas or map book
While many American’s now own smart phones which offer gps and travel maps online, not all of the U.S. is covered in the area you may be traveling. Relying on digital services can be your downfall. They make hard copies of maps etc for a reason. Be smart and bring old school with you on your trip, you won’t regret it.
While there are a host of other ways in which you can make the most of your next road trip, we hope this will get you started on your journey. Great advice is to remember, this is a vacation, it is supposed to be fun! Plan ahead for problems that may arise and ensure your road trip will be a great way to vacation with Tradewinds Travel Club as your partner in travel.