Six Tips For the Perfect Road Trip
After more than two and a half years driving all around the US, we consider ourselves pretty seasoned road warriors. Here are some of our top tips for a better road trip experience:
Use apps to find interesting places to eat - Food stops just off the highway are often unhealthy and boring fast-food. When you are feeling hungry instead of stopping at a national chain restaurant use an app like Yelp or Google maps to scout out the area a few miles ahead. You can often find a family owned restaurant or cafe that will offer you something more interesting, just a few miles from the intersection.
Get your smartphone filled with entertainment - For long trips, load up your mobile device with podcasts or audiobooks that everyone in the car will enjoy. Spoken word entertainment is often funny or educational and can make the more boring stretches of road pass more quickly. Download before you leave so you don't need to worry about whether you will have reliable cell coverage.
Save money on gas - Gasbuddy.com is a great resource to find nearby gas stations with real time prices for gas or diesel. The information is crowd-sourced and you will know how recent the prices were updated.
Bring something good to munch on - Pack some healthy snacks in the car so that you don't have to rely on the high sugar processed foods available at rest stops. Some dried fruit or pumpkin seeds might be just enough to keep you going until you reach your destination.
Always have a back-up plan - Plan for delays. If weather or traffic slows you down, don't take risks by pushing on through it or rushing to your destination. When you plot out your route, always have a few alternative destinations or stopping points that are closer, so you can enact plan B if you need to.
Pack light - Don't bring too much with you. If you are traveling for a week or more, just plan to do some laundry along the way. Clean and inexpensive laundromats can be found everywhere. It will be so much less frustrating than feeling overburdened with luggage.
Do you have any other tips?. Let us no in the comments.