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Things To Check Before Going On A Road Trip

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The Fall season is a good time to travel because of the beautiful foliage, the colorful sceneries, and the cool weather. It is a nice way to take a vacation, even if it just a weekender in a nearby county or a drive across a state to unwind. And in doing so, we need to also consider many things before we take the road trip.

Whether you are traveling nearby or taking a long road trip for your vacation or have been taking road trips regularly, it is still wise to check these things for your safety, security, and ensure your car’s road-worthiness to enjoy a fun time with your family or friends.

 

Schedule for a car check-up

Even if you are a pro in taking regular road trips near and far, it is imperative and smart to have your vehicle checked before the drive. Go to a reliable motor vehicle inspector and service unit to ensure everything in your car is in good condition, like the battery, tires, lights, and the brake is working properly.

 

Make it comfortable

Bringing small stuff toys and pillows for your kids can make a big difference in giving them comfort especially on a long drive. And as for the driver, a good back seat accessory to provide lumbar support is a perfect addition to keep you comfortable. And if you have toddlers traveling along, you may want to ensure they have proper car seats that is not only high-quality made but has met the highest standard in quality and safety.

 

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Bring your supplies

There is nothing wrong with being prepared. It is wise to carry first aid kit and some medications in case someone else falls ill and no immediate medical attention is at hand.  While it is understandable that a road trip will make people hungry, bring snacks like cut fruits, biscuits, and lots of water.

Also stock your vehicle with another kit that will be very useful in case emergency arises like a bag filled with spare batteries, flashlight, gloves, socks, blankets, and spare basic clothes.

 

Update your GPS

Make sure that your GPS system has been updated properly so you are on the right track. Set your GPS to pick up information on traffic congestions, road blocks/work/constructions, and even pit stops for those necessary potty breaks.

 

Insurance

It may just be a weekend getaway or maybe a longer one, no matter what the trip is and how long it will be, if you have the extra budget to cover yourself and family, do purchase an insurance coverage that will give you a piece of mind while on the road, and on your vacation.

 

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Luxurio-US: An Incredible All-American Vacation on a Budget

Vacations are a perfect time to get away from it all, and live a snapshot of a life we wouldn’t normally have. They interrupt the humdrum of the 9-5 and let us experience the freedoms and interests we can only otherwise day-dream of. The US, symbolic home of Hollywood lifestyles and sun-soaked inter-state travel, can help you live out this fantasy, whilst also seeing so much of the country. Sadly, the cost of luxury can soon pile up! Below are some more budget-friendly ways to explore and enjoy the US.

 

Stick with the Classic – the Great American Roadtrip!

An oldie, but a goodie. The open-road still has its allure! Source.

 

Long the stalwart of American cinema, folk-songs, and international envy, the great American roadtrip remains as viable in 2017 as it has ever been. You, some friends, a lovely cruiser and miles and miles of road. It’s what dreams, and great memories, are made of. Nowadays you can work with companies to arrange your roadtrip if you don’t fancy the planning yourself, but there’s nothing to stop you buying a map, hiring a car, and driving off into the sunset. If you plan your route strategically, you can tick off so many states whilst experiencing little snippets of their varied and intriguing histories!

 

(Just before you go, be sure to sort your epic soundtrack out, to really capture the moment!)

 

Twist it Up A Little – Travel by Train!

Trains, and public transport in general, in the US might not have the greatest reputation but this doesn’t mean you can’t use it to travel the States in comfort and style. The greatest complaint about roadtrips is the wearing nature of driving mile after mile, so why not have someone else cover that for you? You can use tricks to accomplish inter-state travel on a dirt cheap budget, so there’s nothing stopping you from emulating the Trans-Siberian whilst taking in so much of the US’s history and culture! You’re just a haversack, moonlit night and swelling soundtrack away from your own silver-screen experience.

 

Midnight train going anywhere, anyone? Source.

 

Really Go For It – Take Over the Seas!

Boats are one of the best symbols of living in the lap of luxury. By now we’ve all seen the iconic scene from Wolf of Wall Street (or similar films) where the boat is the ultimate status symbol. If you’re already planning on hitting up some of the US’s best beaches, why not go the whole-hog and hire yourself a boat? You can find out more here about one of the best ways to snare yourself that glam lifestyle on your break. Of course, if you’ve got a little more cash to splash with this (and the other tips) you can always escalate your expenditure to really get that VIP experience!

 

Mega-yacht, or classy cruiser? Source.

 

Together these are three of the best ways to see the famous US of A, whilst keeping costs a little lower than they could be. As all of them involve travel themselves, you’re never stationary and are always finding new places, people and passions to indulge in!

 

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American Road Trip 101: Forget Route 66!


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‘What do you mean forget about Route 66? That’s the main reason to go to the US!’

No one is saying that the quintessential American road trip isn’t a whole lot of fun. It is, and that is why hoards of people flock there on a yearly basis. However, it’s also worth noting that Route 66 isn’t the be all and end all of hitting the open road in America.

In my view, forgetting about the fabled Route altogether is one of the best tips any novice can hear. Don’t believe me? Okay then, just take a look at the following.

 

It Doesn’t Exist

Back in the day, the signs for this legendary trip used to be ubiquitous, but now they are conspicuous in their absence. If you aren’t up on your American geography, you may not know that this Route barely exists any longer. Thanks to a mixture of tourism and local authorities not wanting to make repairs, the roads are almost unusable. Most tourist guides will tell you to stay clear of the route wherever possible because it is stressful and dangerous. Plus, you’re more likely to spend time off the route than you are on it, so you may as well give it a wide berth.

 

Misses The Best Places

When you think of the USA, places like New York and L.A spring to mind. Anyone that has visited the country will tell you that these aren’t the best places. Okay, NYC is unbelievable, but Los Angeles is pretty run down. Quite simply, the places you want to see, like New Orleans, are literally miles away from Route 66. If you want to prepare for mardi gras in the Holiday Inn New Orleans West Bank Tower then you need a different plan. The same goes for Oregon and Florida, and a host of awesome sights and attractions.

 

Better Routes Are Available

Although Route 66 is world famous, not many people know about the Blue Ridge Pathway in the Appalachian mountain range. And, the Pacific Coast Highway is also another unknown quantity. However, if you ask people who have done all three, they will say Route 66 pales in comparison. The sights, sounds and overall beauty of the Pacific Coast are almost impossible to find anywhere else. And, taking in the culture of life in the mountains is a one-time thing. These are only two alternatives, yet there are more which give 66 a run for its money.

 

Too Long

Driving across the US is a nice thought, but it’s too much hassle in reality. The trip alone will take you up to a month if you do it properly, and the boredom soon sets in. Plus, there is the money factor because America is not a country where you get a lot of bang for your buck. In truth, it’s more exciting and cheaper to spend less time on shorter routes and fly to the destinations you miss.


Yes, it’s not as romantic. But, neither is staying Bates Motel style accommodation in the middle of nowhere!

 

 

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Great Tips For An American Road Trip

Posted in American road trip, places of interest, road trips, travel tips, US
on January 23, 2016
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America is a massive country with a vast amount of diversity – both in its different cultures and the raw geography. Visiting a few different cities can blow your mind, but for some travellers that’s simply not enough. To make sure you have the freedom to soak in as much as possible, I recommend a road trip. These are more flexible and in a lot of cases much more enjoyable than your standard American vacation. Here’s how to get the most from yours.
First of all, set a plan of the things you want to see, but don’t make this plan too rigid. Odds are you have a time limit on your road trip. Because of this, it’s a good idea to know which city or town you’re going to be sleeping in on which night. Try to keep your driving time under 8 hours per day, but aside from that keep your mind open. No matter which state you happen to be ploughing through, you’re bound to see little roadside curiosities. These will draw you in and give you some great memories. Research the areas you’ll cross, of course, but don’t trust the tourist guides too much.


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Another big pointer is to pack light. This will make your first few days of travelling more convenient and smooth, but also leave you a lot of room to collect. Believe me, you’ll need it! Sending all the things you want to take home with you can be very expensive. Wouldn’t it be a disappointment to find an awesome mounted alligator head in Florida, or a hand-woven Apache rug in New Mexico, and not have the space to bring it home with you? Remember that all this space won’t be used if you don’t bring a proper road trip attitude. You’ll find that America is full of strange signs. When you see “Smallest Bowling Alley On Earth” or “World’s Largest Artichoke”, don’t just point and giggle, investigate!
Get as much fun as you can out of your trip, but remember to stay safe during the process. Road trips are about being wild and free, but keep some channel of communication with the outside world. Text a trusted friend or your parents daily to let them know where you are and where your next planned destination is. The general rule in America is you’ll only have a real tragedy on your hands if your group are all smoking hot and in their early twenties. Still, better safe than sorry. In the very rare event that something bad happens, it’s best to have someone with a rough idea of where you are. Keep a good stock of medicine and first aid supplies too.

By keeping these tips in mind, your road trip’s bound to be one to remember. If you’re not used to this kind of travelling, the lack of structure can feel a bit daunting. Embrace that sense of chaos. Let loose, keep an open mind, and let your trip go wherever your whims take you. As a final tip, remember to take pictures!



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