Get The Car Ready
A road trip is all well and good in theory, but if the car isn’t built for it, then you should get the car to a mechanic right away. You’ll need it to go the distance, literally. It’s also worth thinking about making the car like a second home. It needs to be durable, but also comfortable. It’s not just about having the car neat and tidy, you need to make sure you’ve got all the right documents associated with it, including insurance. And you might want to consider getting personalised plates. This can make your car easier to identify if there is a problem when you are out on the road. We don’t need to think negatively, but it’s best to prepare ourselves just in case something happens.
Plan An Itinerary, But Get Rid Of It If You Need To
A road trip is a perfect opportunity to get out there, traverse the land, and discover who you are. But also, if there are sights you wish to see, you need to get a plan together. A loose plan is better than no plan at all. Sometimes you may find that you’ve structured your journey too tightly, leaving you little time to do everything you want to do, especially if there’s traffic or unplanned roadworks. Give consideration to the things you want to see, but also be prepared to go off-script. Follow your nose, and embrace the adventure; this is just as important as seeing that museum.
Think Of Your Sanity
If you decide to go by yourself, you have no one to answer to, but at the same time, you could find that you are potentially going to get a bit stir crazy. If you decide to ask a friend along, make sure they are the right person that doesn’t get on your nerves after a couple of days. Pick someone that is going to want to share your spirit of adventure, but also, know when to give you space. Being cooped up together in a small vehicle, traveling hundreds of miles over 10-hour journeys can get to the best of us. Take breaks, and you know when you need to stop overnight somewhere, even if it’s unplanned. Your sanity is important.
If It Feels Right, Do It!
Go with the flow, and be open to experiencing new things. The whole idea of getting on the road is about that sense of adventure, exploring new things, but also going beyond your comfort zone. Sometimes, if it feels wrong, you should do it, but if you are someone who’s slowly trying to step outside of your comfort zone, you need to do everything that feels right first. It can take a while to accustomize yourself to life on the road, especially if you are wary of everyone. But remember, there are plenty of people out there doing the same thing, exploring. It’s best to go to overnight accommodations or hostels that have the same caliber of people. This can help you feel more at ease, but also push you in new and exciting directions.
Get Plenty Of Entertainment
You have long car journeys ahead of you, and this means you’ve got to have an abundance of entertainment on your phone. If you’re traveling through America, regional radio isn’t as satisfying as it once was, but if you are in another country, and they broadcast in English, get a taste for what the locals listen to. It’s certainly a great way to keep you in tune with the land you are driving through. But at the same time, never be afraid to put on a bit of comforting music to help you push through the last few miles. And besides, if you have the right soundtrack playing as you drive over a horizon, it can be the perfect accompaniment to crossing a border, or solidifying a picture in your mind that will stay with you forever.
Beware Of Trouble Spots
It’s not all plain sailing. As amazing as it is to go and explore the world on the road, there will be times when you encounter difficulties. You could find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, such as in a traffic jam. Or you could find yourself going in completely the wrong direction, ending up in an unsavory area. It’s always best to plan ahead and structure your driving accordingly, but make the most of online resources. There are plenty of apps that can help you to locate friendly eateries, accommodation, and similar places so you don’t feel like you’re going to be turfed out by locals wielding pitchforks.
Look After Yourself
Taking regular breaks is one thing, but also, ensuring that you have adequate sustenance is another. If you are covering hundreds of miles over the course of a day, this can zap you of what little energy you have left. Having an abundance of healthy snacks is a great way to keep your energy up during driving, but also, ensuring that you are adequately hydrated, and keeping your nutrition up is as important. It can be easy to forget about this and to enjoy what you are doing, but before you know it, fatigue can creep in. It’s always best to go for a healthy option when going for meals, but also, think about balance. By all means, you need to enjoy yourself, but get some vitamins in as well.
A road trip is a big learning curve. If you prepare yourself properly, you will get more out of it than you ever dreamed.