Himachal Travel Destinations, Travel Ideas And Tips
No matter your age or occupation, everyone could use a little fresh air from time to time. Taking a road trip with your friends or family can be an excellent way to shed some old skin and live a little, de-stress and forget your troubles for a while, and to make some fond memories along the way. It’s also one of the rites of passage for those who live in a country large enough to make road trips truly exciting, at least one road trip in a lifetime is essential before you can truly feel that you understand the pulse of your country better. Here is how to rejuvenate your spirit by hitting the road…
1. Choose your friends wisely
Nothing teaches you more about a person than hours and hours of car-sized confinement. As a rule of thumb, choose your road trip companion using the “friendship over distance” constant. Take the amount of time you’ve known a person and how well the two of you get along and divide that by the distance you have to drive. The longer the distance, the better quality of companion you are going to want with you and the better the whole equation will work out. While a short trip is a great chance to get to know someone, if the distance is too long than you may wind up wishing for an ejection seat.
2. Take a day or evening to get together
Dinners and shopping trips are great ways to do so, but over a few cocktails is the best way for many to get their creative juices flowing. Planning the trip should be fun and get people excited. Don’t stress about the details or you’re completely defeating the purpose. Even a general idea of a direction can be sufficient, with maybe a much desired place or site to visit included as one must-do or a turn back point.
3. Build In Rest Days
Are you going on a vacation — or a forced march? Give yourself a break!
When you’re planning your itinerary, add in a few extra rest days. You’ll enjoy the trip more, and since you’ll be taxing your car less, it will be a bit less likely to break down. And you’ll have time for that unplanned stop to see the World Famous Ear Wax Collection. (OK, there’s not really a World Famous Ear Wax Collection. You weren’t really looking forward to that, were you?)
4. Take turns driving
This seems like a no brainer, but remember to switch up who’s at the wheel. It’s always nice to get a break from driving, but it’s also nice to get a break from pensively staring out the window or trying to keep yourself from being a back seat driver. Don’t be shy about letting your road trip buddy know when you are ready to take over driving.
5. Travel against peak traffic or outside peak times when traversing cities and large towns
There is nothing more frustrating (and somethings scary) than a free-as-a-bird road trip getting snagged in a traffic jam as you’re transiting through an unknown city to get to the other side. Check the traffic flow (jams usually occur into big city centers in the early morning and away from them in the mid to late afternoon) and avoid going that way. Or, opt to transit through when the traffic is only non-peak.
6. Keep a record of your road trip
Finally, but not least, keep your memories of the road trip alive for the rest of your life by documenting it in digital and written form. At the very least, take pictures! No matter where you are or what you’re doing, if you don’t, you will regret not taking pictures of your experiences. As well, try to keep at least a bare bones daily record of the places you’ve visited and traveled through. If you also have the energy to write down your feelings, do that too. All of these memories will bring the trip back to you in years to come.