Feeling adventurous, Phoenix? Want to go somewhere new? Then plan a roadtrip! We’ve all heard of people doing it but have we actually done it ourselves? And no, not just driving long distances, but an actual road trip? As spontaneous as road trips are, you do not want to be spontaneous in the preparation, otherwise, it’ll be a short trip straight to your auto repair shop in Peoria. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a road trip.
1. Don’t do it by yourself. Road trips are not parties of one, they’re meant to be experienced with other people! How else will anyone believe all of the wild stories that happen?
2. Make a budget. Give yourself some room to breathe, in case something unexpected occurs.
3. There are a number of apps that can be pretty helpful, according to lifehacker.com. Roadtrippers is a good one for taking some of the planning off your shoulders. It can plan routes for you so that you can calculate the fuel costs, distance, and time of your trip. Plus, it can help you find stops (if you’re going to completely ignore our next point, that is).
4. Leave room for discovery. Don’t plan your stops; instead, stumble upon them. Do this wisely, of course. If you’re in an unpopulated area, it doesn’t produce a sense of adventure as much as it does car-wide panic- and nothing ruins a road trip like a non-functional car in the middle of nowhere! That leads us to our next point:
5. Make sure your vehicle is in good shape! You won’t want to have to visit an auto repair shop before you even get to your destination! Check out our blog for tips on this:Is your vehicle ready to take you on an adventure?
6. Lastly, remember, you’re on a road trip! Go out and experience life, eat food you haven’t eaten before, do a new activity, make new friends. This is supposed to be fun, after all!
So are you thinking about it? Maybe in the future someday? If you think it might be worth your while, then set a date for planning out what you might want to do. Who knows, if you plan it out then it just might happen...
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