Road trips are fun. It is a spontaneous adventure that gives you the freedom to drive wherever you want, however you want, and how long you want. The road is mostly overlooked by commuters but if you are on a road trip; you appreciate the nature, the people you meet along the way, and mostly the friends or loved ones you are with.
This fun traveling experience is not limited to local destinations. Many travellers go abroad just to travel by road and explore the many wonders of that country. Some favourite road trip destinations are Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and many more.
In Australia for example, thousands of tourists take the Great Ocean Road from Allansford to Torquay to see the dramatic rock sculptures and majestic coastal view of the road.
While road trips are fun, it can turn sour if you travel unprepared. And this can spoil the experience for everyone. So, if you do not want this to happen on your vacation, be sure to observe this common mistakes that could ruin your exciting experience:
Not bringing a map
Sure, GPS Navigation is reliable but internet signal could go bad on the road and if you do not have a map, you will definitely get lost. Note that getting lost means unexpected expenses and it can be very expensive.
Not planning your itinerary well
In theory, traveling without an itinerary is liberating. But in reality, traveling without one is traumatic. You could get lost and spend plenty of money. You could also miss beautiful destinations and key landmarks.
Not stocking more than enough food
Want to get stuck with a bunch of angry people because they are so hungry and you still can’t find the nearest diner? No, right? So, be sure you have more than enough food for the whole group. Stock on chips, water, bread, jams and sweets. If you are renting a campervan, kitchen utensils are likely to be part of the rent, but if not be sure to buy them.
Not bringing any form of entertainment
Music, books, movies, cameras- these are just some forms of entertainment you can bring on your adventure. Sitting for hours on the car or a campervan could be boring and you can make it better by playing music or reading a book (if you are not driving, of course). Play with your friends or just talk about life. Don’t just sleep because you’ll miss a lot of memorable experiences if you do.
Not booking a one-way rental
When doing a road trip, never use your own car because it will take the burden of the extra mileage which will eventually affect your trusted car. Hence, it is wise to rent a car or campervan for a one-way destination. Pick a campervan relocation to have a more comfortable road trip while also saving money. Most rental companies offer campervan relocations, so you won’t have trouble booking one.
Not preparing for any emergency
Emergencies happen and you have to be ready when it happens while you are on the road. Aside from knowing emergency numbers, or bringing a first aid kit, you also have to be ready when your vehicle breakdown. Immediately call the rental provider so they can assist you or get a number of a towing company to help you.
With careful planning and the right company, you can avoid ruining your road trip and pave your way to an exciting road adventure.