6 Tips for a Radical Road Trip

by Mitchell on September 7, 2011

Road trips are a great way to travel and see a lot.
Yes, they can be long and sometimes boring but they can also be a lot of fun and a great chance to explore and connect with your fellow roadtrippers.
Without further ado, here are my 6 tips for an awesome road trip experience.

Bring a friend

Driving alone can get pretty boring pretty quickly.
Bring someone else along to talk to, sing with, and help out with the driving.
It helps if it’s someone you get along with as you’ll be stuck in a vehicle with them for quite some time. That being said, a road trip could be the perfect opportunity to connect with someone you don’t know too well or have had issues with in the past.

Bring the noise

You’ll be in the car and on the road for quite some time.
While driving it’s not recommended to read a book or watch your favourite t.v. show (not sure why).
Therefore, you should bring along something to entertain yourself.
A perfect choice is music.

If your car has an aux port then you can plug your ipod (or other musical device with an aux port) directly into your car and listen to your music that way. If not, there are many devices which allow you to broadcast over your car radio. The Monster RadioPlay 300 is my favourite for doing this.
You’ll also be able to pick up local radio stations which can be entertaining (or the worst experience your ears have had in a while)

I like to play some nice upbeat music which I can sing along to. Podcasts also work great as they keep you thinking (and awake).

Make some plans but be flexible

The last thing you want on your road trip is a strict schedule that involves driving for hours on end with the only breaks being to get more gas, red bull, and doritos. Make sure you have enough time to stop and check out cool things along the route or follow signs to interesting detours.

Cruise Control isn’t always your friend

Sure it’s nice to set it, put your feet up and enjoy the drive but cruise control is not all its cracked up to be. I found that while cruising I got bored/tired quicker which led to more attempts to wake myself up. You can only do the head out the window, self face slap, and 5 second blink so many times.

That being said, it’s nice to put it on and give your feet a stretch every once in a while.

Free Wifi

If you have to access the net for work or if you just want to update your Facebook with some sweet road trip pics you’ll want to find internet access.
If your road trip is in North America then free wifi is almost everywhere.
Every Mcdonalds and Starbucks I’ve been to has free wifi which you can access merely by sitting outside in your car and booting up your computer. Lots of hotels/motels also offer free internet access (sometimes you need a code but sometimes you can just park there and get access to their network)

Master the powernap

If your roadtrip is long and your time is short then you will want to make sure you can
take advantage of the time you have to sleep.
If your one of those people who can fall asleep anywhere then great.
If your not, you might want to practice.
You can also exhaust yourself to the point where it’s easy to fall asleep.

So those are my 6 tips for road trip awesomeness.
Hope they’ve helped you with your own road tripping plans.
If you have your own tips, road trip stories, or questions I’d love to hear them in the comments section below.

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