Keys to a Successful Road Trip:
Music. The road is a great place to get caught up on new tunes or revisit old musical friends. Make the price right by packing a good set of CDs, borrowing from friends or the local library, or downloading something new.
Location. Too often people make a trip about a destination, but the best trips are really about the journey. Consider picking a simple destination for a fun reason such as a roadside attraction or food stop. One great resource for interesting travel locations is Roadside America, which excels in providing curious locations all over the USA.
Spontaneity. Take things as they comes. Listen to advice that locals share. Enjoy the small historic sites and road-stops. Don’t forget to stop and look around or try local dishes as you stumble upon them.
People. Road trips can be a great experience with close friends, a delightful excursion with your significant other, an educational adventure for the whole family or a soulful journey on your own. Make sure you think through not only where you’re headed but who you want to enjoy the experience with.
Avoid These Road Trip Pitfalls:
- Over Planning: a perfectly planned vacation may execute ideally, but the most fun adventures are the unexpected ones.
- Eating The Same Food: Don’t waste your money or time on junky food you can pick up anywhere when there is almost always a one of a kind eatery nearby.
- Buying Junk: While a well-chosen souvenir can be a delight to have later, the most rewarding takeaways are those that add to your life. Consider writing a travel journal, picking up recipes, or becoming pen pals with the people you meet while on your adventure. These types of souvenirs give back far more than something overpriced and tacky.
- Over Packing: You only need to pack enough to get by. If you really need a new shirt during a trip, pick one up on the road. It will double as a reminder of the adventures you had.
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