I am currently sitting in the living room of my family’s mountain house, the same spot where I would sit and read (or usually just fool around) throughout my childhood. This week I will be spending some quality time with my family, and since they live so far away, I decided to make a fun, solo road trip out of the occasion! So if you are traveling alone this summer, especially by car, here is my guide to making the most out of your trip!
First, make a checklist – and not just for what you’re packing! Once you know what you are bringing and such, be sure to also plan for food, snacks along the way, and most importantly, be sure to check your car, make sure everything is up to date and ready for the trip including gas, tires, oil, etc.
Budget!! Figure out your trip expenses: how much you intend to spend on food, shopping, incidentals, and of course budget plenty extra just in case!
Making a 6 hour long road trip playlist of the perfect songs is quite the task, but your entertainment on the road can be more than that! Before the trip, search for some new audiobooks and podcasts you can listen to for long stretches! I prefer listening to longer pieces because I am much less distracted by the need to skip songs!
For my trip I found some nice playlists and podcasts on Spotify! Also, I would setup my phone so I can voice-search new albums I might want to listen to!
Any long road trip is bound to have cool places to stop along the way! Research your route and see if there is a nice lookout you can visit on your way! Also plan to gas up, find a Starbucks, and stretch your legs on your way!
And lastly, Drive Safe!