a road trip can be one of the most memorable experiences of a person's life,
whether it's as life-changing as Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" or as
miserable as "National Lampoon's Vacation." A recently released
report from the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker found that 47
percent of Americans plan to drive to a vacation this year, up nearly 5 percent
planning for a family travel trip to bring the kids up to visit grandma or
you're a student traveling with friends for the ultimate spring break
experience, there are a number of travel tips and tricks to heed this season as
you plan your unforgettable journey:
plenty of supplies
Determine how long your trip is expected to last and be sure to pack plenty of
food, drinks, games and first-aid supplies for your journey. Snacks are an
essential part of any trip - whether you're hiking, boating, flying or driving
to a destination. Road trip munchies can help participants to adequately set
the mood for your travels. Fox News advises drivers to avoid stopping at
drive-thru restaurants, as these types of foods can not only add up monetarily,
but they can quickly drain energy.
traveling with a large group of friends, consider breaking up the
responsibility among friends: have one in charge of healthy options, one
manning the cooler and another bringing sweets.
with people you trust
Visiting locations with your best buddies is essential, as road trips can
easily become draining or daunting when traveling alone. When planning with a
group of friends, your options begin to open up as their creative juices fly.
The more people who travel with you, the more games and activities become
available. It's important, however, to choose individuals that you can enjoy
quiet time with, as well. While driving long stretches of distance can be
unbearable when you don't have any company, it can become equally terrible if
your participants don't provide small breaks where you can enjoy the serenity
of your scenic drive.
spontaneity in mind
Remaining flexible is an important staple for any road trip. Unlike
airplanes, you have the luxury of changing the course of your travels, meaning
that you can visit as many or as few monuments as you'd like. Want to make a
quick pit stop at the Grand Canyon? Go for it. Feeling an impromptu
afternoon at the beach? Drive on over. This kind of spontaneity can keep all
members of the journey awake and engaged, and it can make for an even greater
adventure travel tale that you can spread upon your return.