The idea of a road trip has been romanticized by films for years, which that means that many daydream about packing up and heading wherever the highway takes them. The reality of setting off down any highway until the next motel appears can be quite different to the movies: insurance may be needed, hotels can be fully booked, and car rentals can be patchy when it comes to quality. What should you bear in mind if you’re planning to take your family and vehicle on vacation this year?
Book your accommodation well in advance
The idea of driving into the sunset and finding a neon-lit motel in the dead of night might seem romantic; however, there’s no real guarantee that you’ll come across lodgings with vacancies available on your planned route. While it might crush your dreams of a spontaneous road trip, planning motels and accommodation along your route and booking well in advance is the best way of ensuring you get a decent night’s sleep before the next day’s journey.
Think carefully about transport
If you’re traveling with family, then a small four-seater can begin to feel incredibly small after four hours on the highway. While it’s also good to plan plenty of breaks to stretch your legs, you also want your transport to be comfortable.
If you’re going to shun the idea of booking motels and lodgings entirely, then financing an RV could be a brilliant way of setting off: after all, your vehicle has now become your accommodation. Using a motorhome finance broker to help you plan the cost of finance and how it works out in your monthly outgoings can be incredibly useful. It’s also advised that you put your vehicle in for a mechanical check-up before you leave.
Plan your route before you book flights
It’s no use booking a flight to LA if you plan your trip and realize you’ve always dreamed of visiting the Statue of Liberty. If you’re planning with a group, sit down and come to a decision on where it is you’d like to visit. In fact, it’s recommended if you’re planning on traveling as a family, as this allows you to prioritize comfort over cheapness if you wish.
Remember your aims
Before you set off, it’s a good idea to remember why you planned this road trip in the first place. Was it to get out and see some of the best scenery in the world, or did you have an end goal in mind? If you wanted a road trip just to travel without the shackles of booking and flights, and plan on staying in your RV in between your exploring, then it’s important to remember that. If this is your first time being self-sustainable, it’s good to take some advice from seasoned pros first.
Road trips can be incredibly exciting, particularly if it’s your first time. Taking the time to plot your locations and agree on what it is you want to see will help you ensure that it lives up to your expectations.