Tips for Planning a Road Trip

College brings so many amazing experiences, one of which for many students, is the traditional college road trip. Taking a road trip with new friends gives you a chance to bond while providing yet another opportunity to explore the world around you. Plan ahead, follow the rules of the road, and you will have be sure to have a vacation that is both safe and memorable.

First things first, deciding where to go. Your destination depends a lot on where you live. If you live in the city, don’t discount the fact that a number of adventurous places exist around you. New York City, for example, has a number of cool small towns and outdoorsy locales not too far away north or south of the city. Google “best road trips from” the city where your college is located. If you’re looking for a completely different experience, check out another state with a completely different climate and culture. When I lived in Nashville, for example, my friends and I drove down to Miami in a large group. We divided the long drive amongst us and seemed to get there in no time flat.

After you decide where to go, invest some time into planning ahead. This is probably the most important part of your trip to reduce costs and to ensure that you cover all your bases to make it the safest and most enjoyable trip ever. If you have a budget, let that guide where you stay and how many rooms, for example, you will use. condos that accommodate up to, sometimes, 12 people. You can sometimes get away with having to pay less than $50 a night per person! Be sure to stay in someone’s home who has reliable, positive ratings and send as many questions as possible to determine how safe a place is, convenience to sites and how exactly payment should be made.

How will you get there? Make sure you look at all possible options. Book ahead and book round-trip. Trains and smaller airlines are another great option.

Another part of planning ahead is figuring out what sites you will see. Again, research top places to visit in the town you will be visiting. If you need tickets, book ahead to make sure they don’t sell out. Ask about transportation to and from where you will stay and book those ahead, too, if necessary. Include this in your budget when figuring out what kinds of activities you will partake in and which types of transportation you will take.

Finally, make sure you pack accordingly. Check the weather that week or consult an online almanac to determine the average temperatures of your destination year to year. Prepare for anything by packing for both hot and rainy temperatures. It’s always a good idea to bring a cardigan and light rain jacket with a hood just in case. And no matter where you go, always pack a swimsuit – you just never know!

Follow these tips, and you’ll be sure to have a safe and unforgettable vacation for your very first road trip!

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