If you would like to make the most out of your weekend, hit the road and see more of what your country has to offer! By now, I’m sure you know just how much I love road trips! Prepping for a road trip isn’t difficult by any means, but make sure that you have a Plan B in case things don’t go as planned (they rarely do!).
Below you will find a guide to planning your road trip and making the most out of your days off.
Check the Weather
Before you can get your hiking boots and camping gear ready, check multiple weather forecasts for the location you are about to visit. You don’t want to be stuck at the hotel or run from the rain all the time. Instead of having to deal with the annoyance, choose your activities according to the predicted weather at your destination or make last minute changes to your plans.
Get Your Car Ready
When you are planning to drive hundreds of miles a day, ensure that your car is in a good working order. It is recommended that you check the tires, the spare tire, the oil and fluid levels, and give your car a thorough check. Make sure that your GPS is working well, as you don’t want to waste time taking the wrong turns and going around in circles when you could be enjoying your own adventures.
Book Your Accommodation
Once you have chosen your weekend or day trip destination, you will need to search for suitable hotels or glamping sites, depending on your travel site. Search booking and price comparison sites, as well as popular discount pages, such as Groupon. You might be able to pick up a free dinner or a significant discount if you do your research and plan your trip well in time. I’m personally a big fan of Booking.com and use them to book everything while on the road.
Plan Your Itinerary and Stops
When it comes to making the most out of a couple days of free time, every stop and detail counts. Check websites for attraction and restaurant recommendations, plan your gas station stops, and check the roadwork in the areas. If you plan to drive back late on Sunday, you might want to find somewhere to eat before you head home. Find local Sunday brunch recommendations so you can fill up with food before a long drive back, as places close earlier on Sundays.
Even the best plan can go wrong, so you have to be prepared to change it when necessary. If you see something on the roadside that captures your interest, don’t simply drive by just because the place is not on your map and itinerary. Be ready to change your plans when the weather turns from bad to worse or you get caught up in traffic, so you can still make the most out of your road trip and enjoy the scenery and attractions on the way.
If you would like to get exploring over the weekend, you will need a detailed but flexible plan… and it will definitely pay off. Road tripping is my favorite way to experience the world; when done right, it’s the best way to explore all that a country has to offer!