Spring is just around the corner. A time to go hiking and bike riding. Time to start outdoor activities and fun adventures. But what about taking a road trip this year? Road trips can mean a trip that lasts for a few days to a few weeks. Sometimes it is fun to spontaneously jump in the car and just start driving. You don’t have to have a destination in mind; especially for the smaller trips.
For the longer trips, however, it can be more helpful to plan something out to avoid crazy tourist spots and busy places. After all, isn’t part of the idea to get away from people and the crazy lifestyle we often times live? First, you should make sure you have a solid budget. You don’t want to end up half way across the country with no money to get home. Set aside a certain amount of spending money. When you reach the halfway point of that budget, turn around. Also, keep an emergency fund with you. Just in case something unexpected happens, you want to be ready to handle it.
During the trip, find ways to save money. Maybe you camp the whole time. There are free camping spots all around the country. You can also eat cheap. Prepare food at home before you leave; including snacks for yourself and your family. If you have to stop, go cheap. Eat at fast food restaurants. Saving gas can be another helpful tip for your road trip. When saving gas, keep the weight in your vehicle to a minimum by packing light. When it is time to get gas, go to an exit with multiple gas stations. That way, you can find the cheapest gas on your route.
And last, but not least, keep yourself and your family entertained. Bring some music and games along. You can even bring some books to read for those who aren’t driving. Only bring things that will bring you closer together and unplugged from the world. Yes, this means you need to leave your electronic devices at home. There isn’t a way to grow closer as a family if everyone is stuck in the world you left at home. Just unplug yourselves for a while. I promise, it will make a difference.
Have fun on your road trip this year! When you get back, share your experiences with someone else. Maybe the excitement will encourage them to go on their own trip.