Who doesn’t love a good road trip filled with lot’s of snacks and sing-a-long tunes blaring out?! We’ve actually just got back from a little road trip to The Lakes where we travelled around the top sights. I’m going to be doing a more in-depth blogpost on our trip but I thought I would focus on How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip. I do have to admit, that I actually can’t drive and it’s my boyfriend who does all the driving. However, I will take credit for doing most of the planning and also creating top notch playlists. When the time comes and finally learn to drive, I’m hoping to get cheap learner driver insurance and take on some of the driving!
We seem to have got about recently with our little road trips, first off going down to Bristol then the Lakes. Next month, we are heading down to West Sussex which is a good six hours from where we live. So, what is the key to the perfect road trip?
We all know that I am a planner. I guess I kinda like to know what’s going on and even though I’m not the driver, I do tend to plan all the routes and figure out the plan of action. I also find that it’s so much easier to plan in advance and have it all written down. You can’t always rely on sat nav’s which might not have up-to-date traffic information. Last week, our sat nav wanted to take us right through Harrogate on the first day of The Great Yorkshire Show but thankfully I had planned ahead and figured out an alternative route which wouldn’t have had us stuck in traffic.
When it also comes to planning your road trip routes, don’t try and squeeze too much into one day. Try and plan your itineraries so they are realistic so you can enjoy the trip at a reasonable pace. When we planned the trip to The Lake District we travelled around Lake Windermere clockwise before heading up to Keswick and Ullswater. With this itinerary, we could include so much in our trip without zipping about randomly too much.
It’s so important to take breaks along the way, especially if you are doing a long drive. Although, who doesn’t love a cheeky stop off for a Big Mac though. If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, maybe go explore a new town or city for an hour along the way. I’m thinking our trip down to West Sussex would be a good opportunity to stop off along the way in somewhere like Cambridge or Peterborough. That way you can have a break from driving, stretch your legs and potentially discover a whole new city.
Although pre-booking accommodation can tie you down to plans, it can also save you so much money. Always booking in advance will be cheaper and it’s also good to have an end goal of where to reach at the end of the day. If you do want to be more flexible with locations and planning then camping might be an option to consider. You are really getting down with nature by pitching up a tent and getting comfortable with the great outdoors.
My favourite part of any road trip is creating the perfect playlist for being on the road. I’m not going to lie, I’m a pretty good DJ when it comes to picking out some great tunes. I love having those songs which you can relate to certain trips. When I did my big road trip through America; it was Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker which was the standout song. It was those great playlists full of classics which got us through the long drives in the deserts!
Another very important point to make before heading out on a road trip is to make sure that your car is in top condition. It’s always best to make sure everything is in good condition to avoid any break downs or incidents along the way. There would be nothing more annoying than breaking down on the side of the motorway and having to cut short your trip.
Last but certainly not least, it’s not a road trip without bringing along some snacks for the journey. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I ate along the way in terms of candy bars and snacks whilst we were road-trippin’ around America. Although I used the excuse of trying out American snacks, you will still find me with a bar of chocolate and a packet of crisps on our UK adventures!
Hopefully, these tips have helped you if you are planning a road trip soon. Although we have our trip to West Sussex coming up next month, we also really want to plan a big Scottish Road Trip and get right to the top of the country. That would take some serious planning but I do love organising a good itinerary!
Do you have any top tips for planning a Road Trip? Have you been on a UK Road Trip?
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