What makes a road trip oh-so-exciting is the sense of freedom that it brings, the endlessness of options and innumerable chances of improvisation. But to get the most out of a trip, you must be prepared and have a plan to stick to; and then some, to make it all the more special
1. A Real Map
Know what makes a road trip perfect? An old school map! Nothing serves better than a paper map. Sure the GPS is great and updated; however, the thrill of spotting your location on an actual paper map is unmatchable. Plus, all you have to do is keep a sharpie with you to mark your paths and stop, making the map all the more special; a memento of your awesome road trip that you can look and smile at after years down the lane.
2. Personalized Music CDs:
Music and long drives are inseparable! Unless, of course, someone is hyper-tasteless (is that even a word?) and doesn’t appreciate music. You can make your road trip much more fun by planning ahead and actually make a CD of all the music you and your friends or whoever’s accompanying you enjoy. Be mindful about what you choose, though. Nothing is as fun as dancing to your favorite beat and singing along with your friends. For this, you need to have the best speakers of all time.
3. Pack the Games:
I can’t stress the importance of this one particular tip enough. You really do need to pack a couple of board games to play post-lunch when you stop at the rest area. Plus, it would be really fun if you devised your own games for the road trip. But even if no one in your clan can get creative with the games, you can always choose to stick the good old round or two of ’20 questions’ or ‘Would You Rather.'
4. Cell Phone Hours:
Okay, this is something you might not want to stick to, but trust me, this brings the real fun in the trip. You have to make sure you’re using a cell phone in the allotted couple of hours, and not more than that? Photos? Carry a Polaroid camera! Music? We sorted that already. The more old school you make it, the more memories you’ll get. I promise.
5. Make Friends:
I doubt if this one needs an explanation. You really should consider chatting up with the natives you come across. Who knows you might end up earning a new friendship and therefore a new bond to a certain region you just visited. The possibilities are endless! Plus, locals can guide you really well with the eatery options and sightseeing. So it mostly proves to be a win-win, guys.
6. Bring souvenirs:
Please don’t overpack and fill your trunk with the luggage; you need to have space to collect the mementos and souvenirs you find because you need your trip to be memorable. And if you still run out of space, well you can always cargo. Cheers!
Jonathon is an IT expert and a researcher. He is obsessed with cars and all the digital accessories. He regularly posts at www.sakerracing.com
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