People talk about going on road trips all the time, but how many people out there have actually done it? We see road trips all the time in films and television and we tend to get a little cynical.
They can’t be that good, right? Surely they’ve been romanticised out of all proportion. We imagine that, in fact, they’re supremely uncomfortable experiences. After all, it’s driving. Should our holidays get us away from driving around all the time?
Most of the people who have done it can testify that it’s one of the best decisions they ever made. Of course, every person is going to have a different experience with their road trip. No two road trips are alike, after all! But on a surface level, it’s easy to see why a road trip is a smart decision.
It gives you quality time with friends and family
When you’re out there on the road, you’ve got to amuse yourselves. When this means is that you end up talking to your fellow holiday goers a lot. For many people, this means spending hours at a time just talking to a friend that they haven’t spent this kind of time with in years. Sure, there are a lot of social opportunities throughout the holiday.
But there’s something more private about you all being in a car together. You don’t have to talk over others in, for example, a restaurant. You don’t have to worry about passers-by overhearing the weird things you’re saying. Of course, if you don’t feel much like talking, or if you’re travelling by yourself? Then you’ve got an opportunity to just relax and listen to music. TimeOut.com has a handy list of the greatest road trip songs ever.
It’s cheaper than other holiday options
Holidays are rarely ever cheap. It’s more than likely that the whole thing is going to cost you in the thousands. Even the “cheaper” ones often come startlingly close to four figures. But a road trip often ends up being much cheaper. For many, this is because they hire a recreational vehicle and end up staying in that for a few nights. For others, it’s because they don’t end up spending a bomb on public transport.
What having a car also does is allow you to reach cheaper places of accommodation. Instead of the expensive hotels in the heart of the city, why not find the cheaper inns on the outskirts? Having a car makes it easier. Vehicle rental probably isn’t anywhere near as a pricey as you might imagine. Check out HotWire.com for car rental deals.
The key to an amazing road trip is to keep the schedule or itinerary loose. Of course, there are some things you should plan a little. You should know roughly what route you want to take and where you can find essentials like food. But one of the points of a road trip is their flexibility. It’s all about feeding a sense of adventure.
See something on your trip that you want to explore? Go explore it. Don’t constrain yourself by strict timetables. Give yourself time to just explore. Hear of a more exciting route than the one you’re taking? Go take it. Just make sure you bring a map, just in case!