Isn’t the idea of a long road trip with your gang alluring? If it sounds super exciting, you are not alone! Numbers show that road trips were the most popular type of travel during the summer of 2022. According to statistics, 6.75% of Americans planning a road trip prefer to drive more than 1,000 miles from home. A great adventure definitely awaits road trippers this year too!
However, boredom may set in while traveling along long stretches of highways. Even if you have your besties as co-travelers, you will probably wish you had better ways to pass the time. Fortunately, you can have a great time with your gang during an extended road trip. Let’s share some tips to have fun and make unforgettable memories during the journey.
Pick the right destination
Deciding on a destination is the first step when it comes to planning a long drive. Choose one everyone is excited about and agrees upon. You can also hand-pick a few places and vote for a final destination.
Most Americans opt for spring or summer road trips because the weather is favorable. Make sure to research the area and choose the right time to travel.
Map out your route
A long road trip can be daunting if you lose the way or get stranded in the middle of nowhere. Mapping out your route can save you from the situation. You can use a GPS or use an old-fashioned map to plan your journey.
Consider the distance, travel time, and potential breaks along the way. Also, think of a driving schedule because everyone should get behind the wheel for a fair share of hours.
Stay entertained on the way
Monotony sets in sooner than later when you are on the road for endless hours. Of course, traveling with friends is an opportunity to catch up and have fun-filled conversations. You can create a fun playlist with sing-alongs and nostalgic hits to keep the good vibes going.
Carry along a Fabulous Card Game to add excitement to the journey. But the designated driver must stay distraction-free.
Plan your accommodations
Planning your accommodation should be next on the list because you may probably have to break the journey more than once during a long road trip. Consider options that match your group’s needs and budget.
Pack snacks and supplies
Planning a perfect long road trip is about giving attention to details. Pack plenty of handy snacks and drinks for the journey, but avoid anything alcoholic. Hunger pangs can strike at any time, so healthy snacks like fruits, nuts, and granola bars keep you happy and full.
You can also bring a cooler to store your food and drinks, stay hydrated and save money on meals.
Planning an extended road trip with your friends can be a thrilling experience, provided you have ways to stay engaged and entertained. Follow these tips to cover both fronts, no matter how many miles you have on your bucket list.
Meg is an author at Cinnamon Hollow. She writes on a variety of topics sharing tips and ideas for daily life.