Planes and trains might get you where you want to go, but there’s just something romantic and alluring behind the idea to plan a road trip. Summer is the season for spontaneous getaways, so there’s no better time to hit the road than right now. As the warm weather heats up, you may be thinking of the ideal vacation. Whether you have a weekend, a week, or longer, and whether you are including your family or friends, a road trip can be the perfect getaway.
Holidays with friends can be great fun and a good way of getting to know each other better. Once you are on holiday the trip can be full of fantastic memories—if it was planned correctly. Planning the trip well will ensure you get there easily, find somewhere to stay without any trouble and know what’s in the area when you arrive. Also, it will help you to save money if you start planning earlier rather than later and prices rise as you get closer to the event.
You can avoid unnecessary problems and stress, and have a good time. Start with some road trip planning tips to make it exciting and memorable. It could turn out to be one of the best vacations you have had in your life. A little planning in advance will go a long way to make it the trip of your dreams.
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Tips To Plan a road trip with friends
Plan the route.
Don’t know the most direct route? Or want to save some time? The only way to do so is to plan in advance. There are several online tools you can use to map your route, and if you’re like me Google Maps is your best friend. But if you’d like some more advanced planning assistance these two services can help you plan:
Roadtrippers: The service uses Google-Maps-based directions to lay out your route and helps you find all the stops along the way. You can now save trips and edit them too when you plan a road trip. With Roadtrippers you can also calculate fuel costs, time, and distance.
OnTheWay: Another app we’ve talked about before is OnTheWay, for iOS. The app can show you stops and restaurants along your route, but it can also help you find interesting things like museums, parks, and roadside attractions.
Collect your friends.
Work out how many people you will be able to plan a road trip for. If you want to travel abroad it’s probably best to plan it for a smaller group of people; otherwise, aim for at most about 15 people to avoid too much stress and keep lodging arrangements easy. Find out how much interest there is from people to go on the trip and then work out your maximum and invite people who you think will enjoy themselves and who you get on well with.
Everyone will have their own idea of what they want the trip to be like so meet up, maybe at a local cafe or restaurant, and share your ideas and concerns. The organization should be shared to a certain extent – rather than just one person organizing everything. If it’s a big group maybe just have a small number of people (4 or 5) doing the majority of the organization and just have them to this get-together. One person will naturally be the leader (probably the person who’s idea this was). Don’t try to overpower them; if they are natural leaders, then they are best for the job. Keep a notebook to jot down ideas as they are mentioned. Write down things to do, how money should be spent, accommodation, and budget. Once you’ve all shared ideas you’ll have a much better idea of how to start organizing or how to plan a road trip.
Pick the perfect vehicle.
Having the right ride for a road trip is critical. Space is obviously a must, whether you’re riding in something classy or something sporty, so place more value on comfort in a car than you would on a flight. Also, don’t overlook the significance of large windows, and proper functioning heat or air conditioning.
Choose things you want to see and do there.
When you are on your trip it will be more relaxed if you have a good idea of what kind of things you want to do. Research the area on the internet and talk to your friends about which activities to book. Don’t book these things before the accommodation and travel. Match the activities to your budget. People won’t be so happy if you book a load of things which they can’t afford.
- Don’t expect everyone to want to do the same things. For example – You could let a few of the group go off and try surfing while you go shopping then you could meet on the beach at an arranged time.
- Get a few ideas of what’s in the area before sharing the idea of the holiday in the first place.
Start early or leave late.
It goes without saying that you will make the most headway when the least amount of cars are on the road. But besides being efficient, beginning your trip at the crack of dawn or after the sun sets can be exciting. There’s something thrilling about exploring the world when everyone else is still asleep. Just make sure you’re plenty alert and got enough sleep the night before.