How-To: Road trip
After our recent road trip we made a list of all the dos & don'ts to save you from making mistakes that could ruin your experience.
Here is our advice for a pleasant trip.
Anticipate the unexpected. On our last trip, the weather forecast was pretty accurate, till the last day of our trip. On our way to the airport, the temperature fell to 27F & the roads got covered in ice in a place that generally doesn't get any snow, adding an extra couple of hours to our trip. We left plenty of time & still made our flight.
Call to score better deals. From family-owned establishments to 5 star hotels, call them directly & try to negotiate a lower rate or a room upgrade.
Visit popular destinations during low season. Take advantage of cheaper fare tickets & hotel rates, small crowds & empty roads.
Split your time between hotels & vacation rentals. For longer trips, consider booking a vacation rental halfway in your trip. Moving around can be tiring so carrying a small & lightweight luggage is optimal; having access to a washer-dryer can be a game changer.
Upgrade your car. If you are renting a car, choose a higher car class. Remember you will be spending a lot of time in the car so why not enjoy the ride in comfort? It may cost a few extra bucks but it will be money well spent.
Don't make assumptions. Before you carry your own blowdryer or waste your money on coffee & sugar, check with your host.
Take the scenic route. Using apps such as Waze & Google maps will lead you to the highway & quickest route. Avoid using navigation or simply use an old fashioned map instead to find the local roads. Going on a road trip means enjoying the ride as much as the destination.
Always have a stash. Keep some water & snacks in the car. You don't know how far away the next restaurant will be.