Road Trip Ready - Planning The Perfect Adventure

Planes and trains may well get you where you need to go fastest, yet the allure of the open road is a big draw for many of us, topping many a wanderers wishlist. Embarking on a road trip can be a terrific way to travel and see more of the city or even country you are visiting. However, road trips can also be utterly exhausting. Whether for a week or 6 months, before you jump in the car and hit the road, alone or with friends, you’ll need to do a little planning first.

Great Expectations
Before you set off on the open road with your friends, make sure you discuss what everyone expects, so there are no shocks along the way. Remember - being in a car together puts you all at very close quarters so planning ahead will be well worth it in the end. It’s best to have an idea of what everyone expects so that no one will be frustrated and so that compromises can be made if need be. It’s so much easier to talk about these things beforehand than to assume everyone is on the same page.

All Mapped Out
Sure, we are in the ‘digital age’, but there is nothing wrong with having hard copies of maps or brochures of the places you are visiting as a backup. Mobile phones and technology aren’t always reliable, so having these on-hand throughout your trip is still handy in the event of an emergency.

Don’t drive TYRED.
Even if you have a reliable car, it’s beneficial to have a licensed mechanic give your car a once over so that you can be sure there are no problems. It is better to deal with any difficulties beforehand than on the side of the road during your journey. If you are unsure of your current cars ability to handle the road trip, you could consider trading in or trade up. Visiting sites such as Mitsubishi New & Used Cars can offer information on a vehicle more suited to your dream tour.

Roadside Rangers
Many people think the AA and suchlike only offer roadside assistance, which is essential when planning this type of adventure, but they are also an excellent resource for travellers. These automobile companies, and there are many to choose from depending on your needs and where you intend to go, can help you plan your trip, help you with routes and general planning. It’s worth checking out a comparison site to find the one that fits your requirements.

No Reservations on Reservations
Although there is nothing wrong with being spontaneous, it may be a good idea to have a hotel en route so that you know you will have someplace to stay within your comfort level.

Perfect Playlists
With today's audio technology, iPods, your music choices should never dry up, but don’t overlook a good old fashioned play list. In the event you lose reception on the road, you can have your favourites all ready to go. That way, no time is wasted, or arguments started when trying to figure out which CD to play.

Take Your Time
There is nothing worse than being rushed when you are trying to enjoy yourself. Driving gives you the flexibility to take your time, as well as experience the sites and attractions that you would like to see, after all, that’s probably what attracted you to do it in the first place right? Whatever your day consists of, give yourself enough time so that you can enjoy what makes you happy.


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