“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai
In our busy world, we sometimes forget to devote time to enjoying life. But to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle, it is important to take a break so that our brain and body feels refreshed and recharged. All work and no play is detrimental to our health and everyone needs to aim for a good work-life balance.
One way to enjoy quality time and create good memories into the bargain is to plan a road trip with your nearest and dearest. If you favor the single life, then simply head off on your own somewhere and take in the sights.
Ensure you are traveling with a reputable company
Most people have their own vehicle, but if you don’t, there are plenty of coach trips that you can choose from, usually advertised in your local newspaper or magazine. Either way you will want to travel safely. If using your own car, then it’s wise to get it checked over, top up the oil and pump up those tires before setting off, to minimize the risk of a breakdown. If you choose an organized coach tour, then ensure you are traveling with a reputable company; check out their website or ask for recommendations from your friends.
Any road trip requires a budget. There will be food, accommodations and local expenses to pay along the way. You can get a good idea of how much your trip is likely to cost by researching your route on the Internet, and you can book your accommodations in advance so there will be no nasty surprises.
Get a group of your friends together to accompany you
Maybe you want to get a group of your friends together to accompany you. This takes forward planning, so start making arrangements well in advance of your proposed trip. Offer some dates to see who is available, and be willing to discuss destinations and any stops you feel may be interesting along the way.
If you are traveling in a group, you may want to take games or magazines with you in case boredom sets in. Make sure you factor these costs into your budget.
Not traveled your chosen route before
If you have not traveled your chosen route before, you are not likely to know where you will be able to stop for refreshments. It is therefore a good idea to be well prepared and take a cooler with a nice supply of lightweight food and drink — there is nothing worse than being hungry and thirsty while traveling, and you want to ensure you are comfortable.
If you decide to travel in your car with a group of friends, you may want to take turns at the wheel and see that everyone takes frequent rest breaks for safety. You also need to make sure the correct insurance is in place for every potential driver. Make sure your vehicle has a GPS system, or at least ensure there are plenty of maps to get you safely to your destination.
Why not plan a themed road trip?
For something quirky and memorable, why not plan a themed road trip? Or if you are traveling with just your partner, perhaps let your romantic side run riot and organize a special, wine and cheese, and celebrate your road trip with a little light music and dancing into the night at an intimate destination. Whatever your plans are, make sure you create happy memories to look back on, and most of all, enjoy your trip.