Simple Guide For A Successful Summer Road Trip

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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When was the last time you went on a road trip?

With the work, family, and additional responsibilities squeezing in a road trip can be pretty difficult. Well, when the travel bug starts to make you only think about all the places you want to visit, a road trip might be the right option. Hopefully, you are in a place where you can travel as unfortunately a lot of people are still not able to.

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Road trips have their positive and negative sides. Some people just don’t like going on a road trip. In this post, I will try to break down how you can have an enjoyable road trip even this weekend. Although a road trip might not do justice to the place you decided to visit, it is a great starting position to investigate and locate places that you can always come back to in the future and spend more days appreciating its beauty. This is how I make sure that my one-day trip ends successfully.



First things first, you need to choose where precisely and how you want to go. This is the sweetest but probably the hardest part for those who have a long travel bucket list. What you should have in mind is the length of the travel time. Depending on the transport, you need to have in mind that you are probably not going to spend 24 hours visiting one place. You can decide to organize the whole road trip by yourself or have your friends or family help you. Deciding who is driving, which route you will take, and how many days you want to travel to is important. Be sure to know all the details before you sit in the car.  


Before making the final decision make sure that if you choose to go with someone else, have a talk about the itinerary and check if there are any additional things you need to have in mind. Another thing you need to check is the weather. The weather can hold a big role in your road trip.

You want to be able to experience the most of your journey without bad weather interfering. This depends on the season you are going on the road trip in. Be sure to check out the temperature for the day of the trip. Better to be prepared than to be surprised by heavy rain, snow, or other extreme weather. Of course, you can’t command the weather as it can quickly change but you can still try your best to get prepared for it.


If the place you are visiting is completely new to you it would be best to prepare yourself with a map and itinerary. Have it printed out or saved on your phone. That way you can always check it while you are walking and see where precisely you are right now and what can you see. If you want to be extra prepared you can always check travel blog posts or watch YouTube videos about that place. This way you can experience what you learned and not try to lose time on unimportant things.

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I know that some people prefer traveling alone while other need to have company. Traveling alone and with friends has its advantages and disadvantages. Of course, you need to travel with friends that get along well. Sometimes when you are traveling with friends that have different travel styles it can get a little bit overwhelming.

So make sure that the people you are traveling with or at least one friend from the group is someone you know you will have a great time with. Even if you don’t have the same traveling style if you can find a compromise and at least separate in groups of two it can still work amazingly. I recommend traveling with friends as it makes the whole experience much relaxed and even safe. You can always be sure that you can rely on each other for anything and help each other in need.


When you go on a road trip you are not entirely sure when specifically you will arrive or is everything going to go as thought. Something that you can’t control can always come up but you need to be prepared for it. A road trip can also be overwhelming as you want to see and experience as much as you can in a short period. Something you need to have in mind is that all you need to do is to be present. I know that taking photos is one way of capturing the moment but be sure that it comes after you captured that moment in your mind and heart.

Every time you see something that makes your heart flutter from the beauty, acknowledge that you are experiencing that there and in that exact moment. Don’t rely on looking through photos afterward. Be there completely and make sure that you don’t have any regrets later as it is something that can easily happen when we put Instagram in the first place. You can always share those photos later but you can’t turn back that exact time and place whenever you want. Being present also means being safe. When you are in a touristy place be sure that you take care of your belongings.

As someone who enjoys road trips, the things mentioned above are what I found to be the important details of successful ones. If you prepare well and know what exactly you are looking for in a road trip it can be a great getaway from everyday life but also a way you can travel and explore new places on a budget.

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Do enjoy road trips? 
Do you prepare beforehand or just wing it? 

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