Road trips can be a great way to have an adventure, see amazing cities and landscapes, and to get those perfect shots of new places. With a few tweaks and preparation, you can turn your road trip into your dream adventure!
Here are 8 ways to make sure you have a blast on your next road trip adventure.
1. Don’t drive too much in one day
The whole point of a road trip is getting from point A to point B, but if you do that as fast as possible, you’ll miss all the amazing adventures waiting for you in between. Try not to drive more than 8 hours a day, that way you’ll have time to relax, or explore the new places you stop in. You also wont be near as exhausted as you would if you drove all day.
2. Don’t research your stops
Something that will make any adventure fun is spontaneity. While your on your road trip, do what you want to do, stop where you want to stop. The surprise of what is to come can be really fun. Expectation can sometimes be a killer of adventure.
3. Create a quest
Create a fun goal or quest to accomplish on your trip. Something odd to collect from each state or city, or finding someone who can speak Japanese. Usually, the more unusual your quest is, the more fun it will be.
4. Pack light
This is a simple one, but pack light so there is room to collect. Let’s face it, you’re gonna find that mounted deer head in Wyoming, so you’re gonna need the space to bring it back.
5. Carry cash
This is more of a “be prepared” topic, but you’ll find that there are many reasons why you’ll need to have cash on hand. Toll roads and bridges being a common one. You don’t need a lot, but have some.
6. When in Rome…
For me this is maybe the most important tip, but do what the locals do. Talk to some local people and find the best spots to eat, the cools places to see, or the hidden gems of the town. This will give you the real feel of the town.
7. Follow weird billboards
You know, the ones that say “Free Chocolate Samples This Way” and “Second-Friendliest Yarn Store in The Universe.” Huffpost says these places aren’t creepy; they’re cool. And they are often happy small-town destinations never before seen by your city eyes.
8. Take pictures
For me this goes without saying, even if you’re not a photographer. Documenting your road trip creates memories that you can look back on later and say “remember when we bought that jägermeister flag and then sold it in the next town to buy gas!”