Road-Tripping: The Basics
Presented by Charles L Harmon
People travel for a different number of reasons. They plan their travel based on those reasons. Most of them choose to fly if they have to reach their destination sooner. Taking a trip on road will require a lot of planning to avoid certain problems if you go unprepared. If you follow a few basic road-tripping guidelines, you will be able to enjoy a good journey on road.
Review these before you start your journey:
Determine your destination and route you’re taking
Be sure about the destination you want to go before you leave. You should also be aware of the purpose of the travel to the destination. Plan and decide the route you are going to travel. Make the traveling plan wisely based on your requirements out of this road-tripping journey before you start.
Consider any Time constraints you may have
Learn how to manage the time you are planning to spend on this road trip especially if you have to reach your destiny at a specified date and return within a specified date. Be sure about how many days you will be able to spend altogether on this trip. You should also understand about the distance required to reach the destination and the number of times you will require to stop in between the journey.
Time management is very important and if you plan it ahead of travel, you will get the chance to relax and enjoy the trip. Flying is a better option if you want to reach the destination faster. However, that doesn’t give the fun that you get on a road trip.
How you will get food and shelter
You should also make a plan on how to get food and shelter while traveling. There are a plenty of choices you can opt for. Depending on your limit, you can pack the food required during the journey or eat in a hotel. For shelter at night, you have the options like sleeping in a hotel, a tent, a sleeping-bag, or even in the vehicle you are traveling.
Make a rough estimation on how much you can afford for spending on food and shelter if you are planning to have them in a hotel. This will help you to avoid embarrassing situations like running out of money. You will be lucky to get discounts from certain hotels if you are a member of an Auto Club.
Finances, don’t short-change yourself
It is very important to make a good estimate on how much money you will require to spend in all on your trip. Keep in mind that you calculate wisely and make a high estimation. You might not be aware of the prices in different areas you will be traveling.
Therefore, it is a good idea to estimate high. The wisest of all is to take your credit card with you, if you have when you go for long road trip. This will come in handy if you meet any unexpected emergencies.
Some important things that you should remember to include while estimating are food, hotel rents, fuel for your vehicle, entertainment in between your journey, bills at home while you are away for a road trip.
You will be able to have a peaceful road-tripping journey if you go after you have settled all your existing bills at home. If you are planning to go for a long road trip, make arrangements like automatic bill payments or pay them in advance. When you return home it can be a very unpleasant situation if water and electricity are been cut off because you failed to pay the bills on time.
Remember to include everything when you are preparing estimation. It is not possible to make a perfect estimation. However, know your budget and learn about how much money you spend daily. Based on this you will be able to decide whether you can manage the estimated cost required for the trip.
It is not necessary that you follow the plan and the estimation you have prepared. Sometimes, you might choose an entirely different plan from what you had fixed before. Do not worry too much about how you will manage everything during your road-tripping journey. The most important of all is to enjoy the trip with your family.
Some tips to follow on Road Trip
- Having a road map will be useful. If you are a member of auto clubs, you will get it free of cost.
- You can get apt information about anything from internet.
- Take a book with you, if you like to read. After you have finished reading you can even sell it for getting another one.
- Pack only the things which you think are necessary, especially if you are not traveling in your own vehicle.
- Planning before traveling is very important. If you don’t do so, be prepared to face the consequences.
Try to follow these tips to have a fun filled adventurous road trip. Road-tripping can be great fun if you plan ahead accordingly.
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