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Planning the Perfect Road Trip
Written by | Jenna Brown.
Fall is the perfect time to take a road trip. The leaves are turning gorgeous colors all across the country side, and the air is crisp yet not yet cold. School is in session, so you don’t have to find hoards of tourists on the roads or at attractions. You can enjoy the open road and see where it takes you on a delightful and relaxing trip.
Here are a few things you can do to plan the perfect road trip for the fall:
Enjoy the Open Air
There’s just nothing like riding down the road on the back of a motorcycle with the wind blowing through your hair and the scent of nature in the air. You’ll feel so close to your environment that you’ll feel like you’re flying.
If you like the feel of four wheels instead of two, opt for a convertible for your trip. You can let the top down and still feel like you’re one with the open air.
Plan for the Unexpected
Anything can happen when you are on the road. You might get a flat tire, or you could get into an accident. You could forget your wallet at a rest stop or get sick while you are away from home. The least exciting part of planning for your road trip is the most important: Making sure you have all the right coverage before you go.
Make sure your vehicle or motorcycle insurance is up to date and covers you in the event of any emergency. Make a copy of all your identifying documents and credit cards and keep them in a safe place so you can call and cancel everything if needed. (And limit what you bring to only the necessities.) Check your health coverage and find out what the limits are when you are away from home. In addition, bring plenty of any necessary medications with you.
Make a Loose Itinerary
The fun of road trips is to explore and see where the road takes you. But heading out with no plan in mind could leave you stranded on some distant country road with no idea of how to get back. By creating a loose itinerary, you can be sure that you see a few things that you don’t want to miss, but you’ll leave room in the schedule to explore and find unexpected things.
Build some flexibility into your itinerary by adding a few alternate routes or back-up plans, bringing a tent and sleeping bag with you for when you end up off the beaten path with no hotel reservation, and bringing an atlas so you can always plan a new route as needed.
Be Open to Opportunity
A road trip shouldn’t be like every other vacation with a packed itinerary except that you’re driving and not flying. The point of a road trip is to embrace the spirit of adventure — to see things you didn’t expect to see and meet people you didn’t expect to meet.
Don’t keep your nose in your guidebook and planning the next stop when you are on your trip. Explore. Talk to the locals. Make time to have drinks with new friends, to eat lunch with a stranger, or to accept an offer for a personal guide. Go down roads that seem interesting, and make time to stop and explore quirky little shops and roadside stands. You never know what you’ll find and what amazing experiences await you.
Fall will soon give way to colder temperatures and slushier weather. Make plans for your road trip now and enjoy an unforgettable vacation before the snow drives you back inside.