Most people love the idea of road trips. Open road, lots of tunes, gas station snacks. All the good stuff. 😉 But they can also get stressful quickly: getting lost, bad weather, realizing you forgot something important. We have a little experience under our belt road tripping. Just in 2017 we drove over 6700 miles!
Big road trip: 2700+ miles
Texas Househunting: 1600+ miles
Move to Texas: 800+ miles
Visiting Family in Texas: 200+ miles
Home to Louisiana for the Holidays: 1400+ miles
And each year before that we’ve taken at least 1 major road trip either to vacation or go home and visit family. Because of that, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve to make sure everyone has a good time!
Plan Your Route with Purpose
If you are taking a trip where the destination truly is the goal, such as a trip for a special event at your destination, I usually prefer the most direct route. Also, now that we travel with a toddler, I prefer to stick to interstates as much as possible because they usually have larger and cleaner travel stops. However, when it was just the two of us we took as many state routes and scenic roads as possible (and nearly ran out of gas a few times in Utah-not ideal). If you are going to do the wandering, small road thing, I definitely recommend filling up your gas tank whenever you have the opportunity because you never know how far the next station is.
Whatever your goal, make sure you plan your route according to what you want! The route you take can drastically change the feel and outcome of your trip!
Decide How Much You Want to Spend
Taking a road trip can be just as cheap or expensive as you want it to be! You know that no matter what you’ll be paying for gas, but you can save tons of money packing your own drinks and snacks. Caffeinated drinks are usually the most unexpected expense for us if we don’t plan properly. We are usually trying to cover a lot of ground each day and are always looking for our next cup of coffee or energy drink. If you know this is something you are going to want, pick some up in a bigger pack at the grocery and store them in a cooler.
Enjoy the Ride!
Road tripping is as much about journey as the actual destination, so enjoy it! Sometimes our driving days take us much longer than expected because we run into things we just have to stop and see! Remember, you’re in a car, there’s no plane to catch, and you can change your itinerary at the drop of a hat if you want!
Do you have any fun road trips planned?