If this summer you’ve decided to head off to somewhere hot for the ultimate road trip, this guide will come in handy. Packed full of hacks for planning the most amazing road trip, this shares everything that every road trip newbie should know. Whether you’re planning a family trip or a vacation with your buddies, organisation is key.
Choose your stops
The first thing that you need to do is choose your stops. Whether you plan on spending your time away in one place or various countries, you need to get your stops picked out beforehand. This will allow you to get any visas that you need sorted. It will also ensure that any border crossing that you need to make, go smoothly. Research each border crossing carefully, to ensure that you have all the documentation that you need.
Decide where you’ll start and finish
Once you’ve picked your locations, you then need to choose where you’ll start and end your trip. This is important for booking your flights and also, for planning your route. Whether you’re exploring France, Spain, and Italy or plan on spending your summer roaming around Greece, you need to have a route mapped out. The best way to plan your route is to write a list of all the places you want to see and find the route that lets you see and do everything. A great resource for this is Tripit.com as it helps to plan your route out.
Get your vehicle booked
The biggest mistake you can make is leaving it until the last minute to get your car booked. The later you leave it, the less choice of vehicle you’ll have. As soon as you’ve got your route mapped out, start looking for hire cars. Check out sites like Carrot.mx and browse the options. Ideally, you want a service that allows you to collect and drop off your car in different locations. This means that you could collect the car at the airport that you fly into, and then leave it at the one you fly out of. Remember, there aren’t just cars on offer, there are other types of vehicles too. For families, RVs tend to be a popular choice.
Book accommodation in advance
You might want to go with the flow, but it’s best to book your accommodation in advance, especially if you’ve got kids in tow. Aim to book your accommodation for the first couple of nights in each place. So that if you arrive late, you don’t have to panic about finding somewhere to stay. In peak season, hotels and hostels can get booked up fast, so booking in advance is a must. By booking two nights in each new place, you don’t have to get up early in the morning to vacate the room after arriving late. Plus, you’ll have a whole day to find somewhere else to stay, should you want to.
There you have it, all the essential hacks every road trip newbie should know. Road trips can be a lot of fun; it’s just a case of ensuring that you’re as organised as possible.