Road trips are the ultimate vacation for those hit by the travel bug, as they are a great way to do and see a lot in a relatively small amount of time. They are full of spontaneous decisions and lots of moving around, but you can actually make the most of your road trip by planning it out.
OGIO is all about getting out there and exploring. In order to encourage you strap on your backpack and hit the open road, we’ve put together a simple list of steps and helpful tools so you can make the most of your travels.
Tip 1: Choose Your Destination Zone
When considering destinations, think about more than just a single place. What is around the area you want to visit? How long do you want to stay?
There are a lot of websites that provide scenic routes, where you can enter in your destination and it will map out the best scenic drive, how long it will take and provide directions. One such tool is myscenicdrives.com, and it’s free to use.
While the destination is important in road trips, make sure to consider places you can stop on your way. If you determine your possible routes beforehand, you can research what is along those routes and decide which one to take based on what you’d most like to see.
Tip 2: Choose Your Transportation
Road trips can put a lot of wear and tear on a car, and sometimes those additional costs aren’t factored in. Costs like oil changes, tune ups and even new tires and brakes. Make sure your car is in the right shape to handle a long drive, and be prepared to incur extra maintenance costs after the trip is over.
Another option is to rent a car. While it’s not cheap, you won’t have to worry about the maintenance costs nor all the miles you put on the car.
Tip 3: Choose Your Boarding
If you’re planning on overnight stays at other locations prior to reaching your final destination, consider sites like AirBnB to help save on some costs. If you don’t mind sharing a living space for a night, you can save a lot of money on hotels. Plus, it’s going to be a lot cleaner than a cheap motel. It also gives you the chance to meet someone new, which is a great aspect of road trips.
Tip 4: Break Down the Costs
Creating a spreadsheet with all of your potential costs will help immensely with determining final totals. Make sure to include hotels, gas, car rental or car maintenance, food, spending money, and an emergency fund for potential problems that may come up. Also add in the items you buy to prepare for the road trip, such as toiletries, clothing, and entertainment while you’re riding passenger.
Tools such as Roadtrippers will help you figure out exactly how much fuel is going to cost, depending on your travel plan.
And before you take off, take a look through OGIO’s extensive line of travel bags. We’ll make sure you not only ride with quality, but ride in style!