- A well-planned road trip gives you the opportunity to experience travel in a more enriching and adventurous way.
- There are many different ways to road trip, from staying in high-end hotels to free camping in the remote outdoors.
- The unexpected journeys and moments of road trips are the most rewarding and memorable experiences.
Road trips are one of the most memorable ways to vacation. Regardless of whether you’re driving for days, weeks or even months, you have the opportunity to explore your destinations with extra freedom and flexibility. While the destinations are a highlight of the trip, road trips also encourage you to truly enjoy the journey, leaving you with memories and experiences that you’ll look back on for the rest of your life.
While road trips are intended to be flexible and spontaneous, you’ll obviously want to avoid any major issues that could completely derail your trip. To help you plan your road trip and get the most out of your adventure, we’ve created this guide.
Identify Key Destinations and Dates
The first step to planning your road trip is seemingly simple, but knowing where you want to go can sometimes be a struggle once you’re already on the road. Create a list of the places you want to visit within the same trip using inspiration from social media, travel blogs, guidebooks and other sources. Identify which destinations are a priority, then assign them an arrival date. This will create a loose schedule and visual representation of your overall destination plan, allowing you to see if there’s more or less time for other destination options.
Once you know where you want to go, you can also start researching accommodations, activities and attractions available. Knowing which key destinations you’ll be visiting also helps inform what you should pack, what kind of vehicle to take (or rent) and other easily forgotten details.