Road Trip Road Map
Summertime means road trip time for many - a time to disconnect and explore. It’s a classic American carefree vacation that works best with a little bit of careful planning. If you are going to hit the open road this summer, here are a few tips to get you started.
Clean Start - Get your car washed before you start. Sure, your windshield and hood will get dirty and the inside is likely to get messy, but it is much more tolerable when you start off squeaky clean.
Wander - Plan some time to be unplanned. Drifting off the freeway and exploring unknown towns and scenic drives can lead to wonderful discoveries and take away the stress of “making good time.”
Snacks - Forget the bags of chips and cookies. These days, you can pack easy and healthy road trip snacks. A bag of trail mix with some little cups to carefully serve with. Some crackers and Nutella or humus for no-drip spreadables. A bag of washed and cut veggies (which also dip nicely in humus). And plenty of bottled water.
Shake a Leg - Make a game out of getting a little exercise each time you stop. Park a distance from your stop and walk or run. Ask locals for advice on good hiking trails. If you are traveling with kids, challenge them to a family dance contest each stop.
Go Retro - Bring a real map (not an app!) and markers to note where you’ve been and add some comments about what you found. Seek out any “worlds largest” landmarks along the way for great photo opps. And create a playlist for each traveler - everyone gets a chance to hear their own favorite music and hear some new ones.
Bon Voyage and happy trails!
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