Spring is the perfect time for traveling and exploring the world, and doing with a bunch of friends and people you love is the best way to do so. That’s why planning a spring road trip is one of the most exciting ideas you could have. Hitting the road with your friends or family will bring you all closer together and you’re going to have a great time, so it’s a win-win scenario for you all. However, you can’t just sit in your car and go to any random destination – you need to get ready and know what you’re doing. So, if you too are planning a perfect spring road trip, here are a few ideas and tips that might help you.
Choose your companions
This is one of the two most important things when planning your road trip – the second being the destination – and you can’t be in a car with the people you don’t like. That’s why your companions should be the people you’re comfortable with: your friends, your family, your partner, or your kids. These are the individuals who you’ll be able to talk to when you’re on the road and who will take your road trip to the next level.
Unfortunately, deciding who’s going on your road trip isn’t the easiest thing you’ll ever do – after all, most cars can fit just five people! Therefore, not all your friends will be able to come with you, so you’ll have to make a selection. Again, make sure these people are cool, friendly, interesting, and are truly great travel companions. If that’s not the case, find someone else to come with you, and you’ll have a wonderful time nevertheless.
Choose your destination
As mentioned above, finding the right destination is crucial for a great road trip. This is particularly true if you’re traveling during the spring because not all potentially amazing places are actually suitable for a visit this time of the year. That’s why thinking long and hard about this issue is a must, so don’t be afraid to dedicate your time to that.
What you also need to do is talk to your companions and listen to their ideas. In the end, you’re all going together, and it’s only natural for all of you to reach the decision together. Some of you may disagree with each other, so be ready to compromise and try to find the middle ground. If you manage to do so, you’re all going to enjoy your road trip much more than you would otherwise, and you’ll have a great time together.
Check your car
Going on a road trip means hitting the road in your car, and the only way to do that is by having a vehicle you can actually rely on. It doesn’t have to be brand new per se or too expensive, but it has to be able to take you from point A to point B, and bring you back home in the end. This is sometimes not easy, though, especially with older cars, so checking it and making sure everything’s all right is a must.
Of course, you can do most of the checkup on your own – things like checking the engine, replacing the windscreen wipers, checking the oil and replacing the tires are neither hard nor too challenging, and any driver can probably do them. Alternatively, you can go to your mechanic and have your car checked by a professional. These people will tell you if something’s wrong and will install new car parts, even those practical aftermarket car parts that lots of people use. These parts aren’t made by your car’s original manufacturer but are still functional and often affordable, so they’re quite a decent choice for your road trip car checkup.
Define your budget
Spending all your money on a road trip sounds like the best idea in the world, especially if you’re young and want to make the most of your time on the road. You’re going to want to see, experience and do as much as you can, and finally live your life to the fullest! But, no matter how amazing that idea sounds, you shouldn’t do that, no matter how much you want to.
Instead, you should think about money in advance and come up with a sustainable and responsible budget. You can even find a way to save a few bucks here and there – if you’re not afraid to think outside the box and plan ahead, you’ll be able to spend much less money than you’ve hoped. So, talk to your companions and define your budget asap, and try to stick to it once you’re on the road.
Planning a spring road trip will take some time, but it’s all going to be worth it in the end. This is a great opportunity to do something amazing and extraordinary, so start planning your road trip right now!
Writer: Peter Minkoff
Editor: Howey Ejegi