When you think of a road trip, the first thing that comes to mind is probably sprawling miles of deserted desert roads in America. Travelling from town to town or even state to state, exploring the country and discovering new things. However, the truth is that although there is no doubt this would be an amazing trip, you don’t have to travel all the way to America to enjoy the road trip experience; it can be done right here in the UK. Read on to find out how to prepare for that trip and make the most out of it.
Research And Plan
Before you can start your road trip, you’ll need to research where you want to go and plan ahead. Although you might think this takes away from the spontaneous aspect of a trip like this, the truth is that, when you have a plan in place and some definite sites you want to visit, you can still be adventurous along the way. Planning to be in certain places by certain dates to see certain things definitely doesn’t mean bypassing anything else that might seem interesting, and it doesn’t mean that you can’t be flexible with that plan.
However, by planning, you’ll get a good idea of what you are going to be doing, which will help you to pack, budget, and book accommodation where you need to. If you’re taking your whole family, this will save dragging tired children around looking for a hotel room late at night and can make the trip much more enjoyable.
See As Much As You Can
You’ll probably only have a short period of time – two or three weeks perhaps – to complete your road trip, and in that time, you’ll want to see as much as you can. It’s great to explore close to your local area, but it’s even better to head further afield and see things you wouldn’t be able to on a normal day trip out with your family.
Pick a place or attraction as far away as you’re happy to go and plot a route to it. Getting there should take half your time away, and getting back should take the other half. In this way, you can take in as much as you can along the way.
If you don’t know where to go, have every family member pick a place they definitely want to see. Even if the kids have been there before on UK school trips, they might want you to see it too, so don’t dismiss anything. Take these places and plot a route between them all. If it can be done, that’s your road trip planned out, and you can see as much as you can in between each stop.
The last thing you want to happen on a road trip is to forget something important and not be able to go home to get it. It’s true you’ll be able to pick up essentials no matter where you are if you’re staying in the UK, but entertainment systems, laptops, phones, and favourite stuffed toys are a different matter. It pays to pack well and to have a checklist of everything you want and need to take with you to ensure nothing is forgotten.
As well as this, the car journey itself is crucial to pack for. The point of a road trip is a lot of driving, and that isn’t always exciting. Having snacks, drinks, and entertainment while on the road is crucial.