5 Steps for Planning the Perfect Road Trip

Spring is here, and you are probably looking forward to getting out and exploring the blooming
world after a long winter. One of the most affordable and exciting vacation options is hitting the
open road for an epic road trip. If you are looking for a break from the mundane existence of
your normal life, you can add some adventure on the open road.

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Road trips are a great way to reconnect to your wild side, spend time with family and friends,
and see parts of the country that you have never explored. You don’t need to spend weeks
planning your itinerary or consult with a travel agent when you want to go on a road trip. You
don’t need a passport or expensive flight tickets, just a bag, a general plan, and money for gas.


When you are planning your road trip, you need to embrace the concept of spontaneity. While
it’s important to take care of the important things like getting a tune-up and checking with your
broker for a break on your premiums with a new car insurance quote, your road trip should be
about having fun. Let’s take a closer look at a few steps you should take to plan the perfect road
trip.

Plan Your Route


Planning out the route to your destination couldn’t be easier with today’s technology. First,
decide how many days you want to be on the road, then how many hours each day you want to
spend on the road. This will help you pick a destination within comfortable reach where you
don’t have to rush your timetable.

Next, you should decide if you want to take the backroads to see the heartland areas and small
towns of your area or do you want to stick to larger highways to cover your distance faster. You
can use online tools like Google Maps or RoadTrippers to help you plot your route easily.

Set a Budget


The price of gas is on the rise and is an important consideration when setting your road trip
plans. You should set yourself a budget to not run out of money halfway across the country.
Your budget should include expenses that include:
● Gas
● Food
● Lodging
● Entertainment and attractions
● Emergencies

Book Your Accommodations


Find accommodations at your daily stops and make a booking. This will save you time and
frustration when you are out on the road. You never know when you could arrive at your
destination to find that every hotel is booked.

Prep Your Vehicle


If you are heading out on a road trip, it’s good to take your vehicle in for a quick tune-up. A local
mechanic shop can check your tires, fluids, and engine for any problems in less than an hour. A
pre-trip tune-up will give you the peace of mind you need when you are out on the road.

Pack Some Snacks


Depending on where you are headed, there may not be too many places to stop for a bite to
eat. If you want to keep your budget low, you can pack a small cooler and fill it with high-protein
snacks
and water. You should always have some food and water on hand in your car in case of
emergencies.

If you are looking forward to a bit of spring adventure, follow these steps to help you plan the
perfect road trip.

Hero image by: Photo by Leah Kelley: https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-looking-at-the-map-3935702/

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