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How to Road Trip Solo... And Have Tons of Fun

11 August 2016

If you’re like many people, you probably get a sudden craving for adventure once in a while, or maybe you just get the urge to take some time off and run away on your own to find new things. The idea of road tripping alone can be scary, though, so it helps to know how to take the stress out of it and make it a fun and memorable experience.

Parking Pointers

If you have a specific city in mind as your destination, you’ve probably already done some research into local sights, attractions, lodging, and more. But one thing that you might have overlooked is parking. If you are calculating that you will be pulling into town long before you can check into a hotel after driving for many hours, you will probably want a place to park your car and rest for a while. In this case, you can use to look for and reserve a spot in advance so you can just pull right in and relax or go check out the sights, all without worrying about circling around looking for parking while you’re tired.

Explore Everything

If you are taking a solo road trip and you don’t necessarily have to be at a certain place by a certain time, be sure to tap into that curiosity that everyone occasionally feels when they drive by new things. How many times have you passed by a sign for something that you wish you had the free time to check out? Well, during your solo road trip, you do have the time, so go for it while you can. Follow new roads along your path, check out some new sights, and try new food. If you see a billboard for a strange attraction, go for it. After all, what do you have lose, aside from a little bit of time and a few miles off of your day? You just might find your next favourite place. Plus, if you want some advise on where to start is packed full of reviews of local attractions, venues and restaurants.

Document Everything

It sort of goes without saying in this day and age, but take pictures, take video, take selfies, and document your trip so that you can look back on it later on. Mount a dash-cam inside your vehicle so you can revisit the scenery and the route. Grab a lot of neat images and videos, and then upload them to social media as you go. You’re never really alone if you have your Facebook and Twitter friends virtually riding along with you, and it makes it a lot of fun for them to live vicariously through your adventures. You’ll become a star every time you post something new and unique.

A solo road trip might sound fun, but it also might sound scary. However, with clever planning and a little self-entertainment along the way, it could be unforgettable. The key is to have a sense of adventure and a willingness to explore. Don’t treat it like a ‘point A to point B’ task, and allow yourself to wander. Just make sure to pack what you need, keep safety in mind, and go explore the world.

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