Once upon a time, a classic holiday was all about sun, sea and sand. Suffice to say, there’s now no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” getaway. Instead, everything goes. And, as today’s title may have given away, that includes road trips. Of course, there are right and wrong ways to approach one of these breaks, and through today’s article, we will focus on the former.
Failing to plan = planning to fail
It’s the age old adage. While some people may have an utterly fabulous time jumping in the car and just driving off wherever their heart desires, they tend to be in the minority.
Generally speaking, you need some sort of plan, regardless of where in the country you’re driving. Even if it’s in a built-up area such as Bristol with plenty of things to do, a plan will still aid considerably with your road trip. You don’t have to scour around looking for something to do or places to eat (more on that later), and everything is a little more under control.
If you don’t, you run the risk of finding those roads that really aren’t “suitable” for road trips. You can find yourself in grid locked motorways with nowhere nearby that’s worth stopping and exploring. Take a bit of time to properly plan to see what parts of the UK lend themselves well to road tripping!
Stock up on replenishments
There’s nothing worse (or better, for some people) than being stuck in the middle of nowhere and being forced into a drive-thru to grab much-needed replenishments.
Of course, not everyone is a fan of fast food, but the point stands – if you’re driving for long periods, you’ll need to stock up on food, drink and (if you have kids) snacks.
Your road trip is all about seeing the beauty of the country. If you’re frantically looking for refreshments, you’re going to miss out.
Keep the journey part of the trip
Some people just want to get to their destination as quickly as possible. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you take the pressure off of trying to get to your destination within a particular time frame, the journey itself can be part of the fun!
You should be taking in the scenery as you drive, making the odd stop to explore and, in short, just enjoying the ride. Find the roads that really make these adventures worthwhile.
Try splitting the driving if possible as well; you’ll keep rested within the recommended amount and may gain many different perspectives as a passenger.
Don’t forget the basics
The last thing you want is to be caught short, so just make sure you’re fully prepared before you set off. It should also go without saying that these rules adapt somewhat if you’re driving internationally – so ensure you are aware of those requirements.