Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tips for planning an awesome road trip

Going on a road trip can be extremely fun. You get to see so many different places and sights, you also have the freedom to stop wherever you like and do whatever you like. Here is few tips for planning the road trip.
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Plot your route wisely using Google Maps
When planning a road trip, Google Maps is your biggest friend. You enter all the places you will be visiting and it will calculate the distance and time it will take you to get from point A to point B. What I find useful about Google Maps is that you can easily see other locations on the route that you may want to visit as well. Before using Google Maps ask yourself the following questions
  • How many days do you want to travel for?
  • Do you want to take the fastest route from A to B or the most scenic route?
  • What is the maximum distance you want to drive in one day?

Sort out your Accommodation
Once you have plotted all your routes on a map, you can now start looking for accommodation. Because road trips are much more expensive that usual holidays, you may find that your budget won’t allow you to stay at 5* hotels every night. Look for motels and lodges that offer much more affordable rates with breakfast and free parking. Hotels can charge quite a bit for parking so make sure you take that into account when booking your rooms. A great suggestion for quick one night stays would be to use Airbnb, this is great for those looking for an affordable place to crash.
Research Attractions
road trip is all about the experience. It is not about the destination but rather about the journey. When doing your research about places to visit, do not forget the cities you will be driving through. Reference your route and look for major cities that you will be passing and check out what those places have to offer. Also take account for your time especially if the distances from place to place is long. You should plan for spontaneous stops at that cute roadside diner or weird tourist attraction for example.
Awesome Road Trip Mobile Apps
Roadtrippers – This app helps you plot your route as well as suggests attractions, restaurants and accommodation along the way.
Gas Buddy – Allows you to research the cheapest gas prices
Hotel Tonight – Last minute hotel deals are sold here. Hotels give them their unsold rooms and they show you the days best value deals.
Roadside America - It’s packed with easy-to-use, in-depth info and maps for the nation’s funniest and weirdest must-sees.

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