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Why Taking A Road Trip May Be Better Than Flying

Why Taking A Road Trip May Be Better Than Flying

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If you have to travel somewhere, then typically the go-to mode of transport is usually by air, but this is not only something that not everyone is into – for example those who have a major fear of flying or just find it otherwise inconvenient to fly, and even if you don’t particularly mind flying, then it has to be admitted that flying nowadays isn’t exactly the most comfortable way to travel – in fact unless you’re traveling business or first class, then it’s actually extremely uncomfortable and often downright annoying.

With everything from tiny airplane seats, obnoxious passengers who seem to think the world revolves around them, and airport queues that feel like they’re never going to end, the world of modern flying is now more of a means to an end than the high-flying experience of luxury in the air that it once was hailed as.

There are also plenty of other ways to travel, so although flying may be the fastest and sometimes cheapest for longer distances, it’s certainly not the only option – from busses, trains, and even boats, there you can find alternatives to suit your needs and your budget.

One of the best ways to travel if you like to plan your own schedule and don’t really feel like enduring the above downsides of flying is to consider taking a road trip.

Of course, in order to take a road trip you have to have some things in place, such as the ability to drive – either yourself or be traveling with someone who can drive, as well as making sure your vehichle has undergone the latest safety checks and that you have the correct insurances.

If you’re interested in taking a road trip, but you’ve either never learned to drive or it’s been a while since you’ve been behind the wheel, then you should look into some driving classes in your local area. You’ll be required to take both a theory and practical test before being given the go ahead to drive, but the time to do it is definitely worth it if you want the freedom of driving, so you can have a look at this site to get an idea of what’s required in order to take the tests.

It’s cheaper:

Although air travel is far cheaper than it used to be, it’s often a game of luck since the cost of your flight ticket will depend on various things such as the time of year, the destination, the number of tickets you’re buying, and also even the day of the week you’re traveling or buying your tickets, whereas gas prices are far more stable and so it’s going to be consistently cheaper to get in your car and drive across the country than it would be to take a flight.

It’s fun:

Whilst not everyone will imagine being stuck in a car for hours on end driving through miles of empty roads to be fun, a road trip with the right people can definitely be fun – and it can even be fun if you’re on your own. Bring along plenty of great music and the right attitude, and you’ll soon find that road trips are one of your favorite ways to travel where you want to go.

It’s more relaxing:

The great thing about a road trip is that they don’t have the same time schedule attached to them as flying or even the same as going with a bus or train – you can basically take off on the road whenever you feel like it and then take the route you choose and really relax as you go. There’s no rush when you’re on the road and this makes it a great way to enjoy it properly without all the usual stress that comes from flying.

It can be part of the trip:

Another great thing about taking a road trip is that you can plan your road trip around the things you’d like to do and see along the way, so it basically becomes part of the trip overall. For example, if you’ve wanted to see a certain town or city for a while but have never had the chance to visit, then taking a road trip could be the perfect way to make stops at these places and see some cool things along the way. This means you can have mini trips as part of your road trip by taking some time and even making overnight stops along the way if you’re able to plan and budget for them, and this also breaks up your trip which is good when driving for longer distances.

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What To Put In Place Before Heading Out On A Road Trip

What To Put In Place Before Heading Out On A Road Trip

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Throughout your life, it’s natural that you’re going to enjoy lots of different kinds of trips and vacations. Some will be city breaks, other beach vacations. Many may likely be overseas. But, there’s also one kind of trip that’s fun to take at least once in your lifetime – a road trip! Because what could be better than taking in the great outdoors and seeing a range of different places in one go? Even if you only ever go on one road trip in your life, it’s great to do it. And when you do, you’ll want to make sure that you make the most f it. The best way to do that, is to plan properly. So if you’re looking to go on a road trip, here are the things that you might need to put in place.

Insurance

The first thing that you’re going to want to do here, is make sure that you have insurance. So speak to your providers. Of course you’re going to already have some car insurance in place, but will this cover you if you travel the country? You might even need travel insurance. So make sure that you put some kind of policy in place before you head out.

A Plan

Then it’s time for you to come up with the plan of action. Sure, a road trip can be spontaneous – but it’s not realistic. So instead, you’ll want to plan your road trip so that you know where you’re going. By doing so, you can also make sure that you’re getting to see all of the locations that you want to, and that you’re making time for different activities and attractions too.

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Accommodation

At the same time, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re booking an accommodation too. It’s good to know that you have all of your stops planned out. That way, you know that you can get to sleep at night when you need to, and you won’t have to go without a bed.

Car Maintenance

The next thing you need to ensure that you cover, is any car maintenance that you need to do. It’s so important to make sure that the car is safe. So here, you’ll want to get the engine checked over. But then also, because you’re going to be in the car for a long time, it’s handy to get the interiors together. So have a good clean. Make sure that you have the right floor mats in place and adjust the seats too. That way, the car will be as ready as you are.

Necessities

And finally, you’ve then got all of the necessities that you’re going to need in the car for the journey. Here, think of things like snacks and water. Get enough to last the duration of the trip. But then also things like blankets and cushions can be god if you’re traveling for a long time. And, if you’ve got the kids with you, make sure that they have books, games, or devices to keep them entertained too.

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Long Distance Driving: How To Make It More Enjoyable Than It Is!

Long Distance Driving: How To Make It More Enjoyable Than It Is!

Long distance driving is just the worst. It’s honestly so dull, and things are even tougher when you have to drive long into the night. Now, if you’re driving alone, then we’ve got a whole new layer to your boredom. Nobody is keeping you company, which is not only soul-crushingly tedious, but a bit dangerous too as you can easily fall asleep.

It’s hard to really pinpoint when a journey suddenly becomes long-distance, but I think any car journey that takes longer than an hour will usually be pretty long. Speaking of which, if you’re due to go on any long road trips anytime soon, then you better listen up! Below, you’ll find a host of tips that will help you make your long distance drive a lot more enjoyable.

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Download Some Podcasts

Along with music, podcasts are fantastic for long journeys. In fact, I would say they’re almost tailormade for this exact thing. A lot of podcasts are close to an hour long, which means you probably don’t have much time to listen to them during your day. So, getting in the car for a few hours is the perfect excuse to catch up on your favourite podcast shows. The best thing to do is head to the iTunes Podcast app and look at the charts. You can select different categories, then download the shows you like the sound of the most. Hook your phone up to your car, and you can play them through the speakers as you drive. It’s a brilliant way to laugh, stay informed, and just have a good time while you drive.

If anything, you’ll actually start looking forward to your long journeys as you know it’s a chance to catch up on all the podcast episodes you’ve missed!

Get Some Music Involved

I won’t spend a lot of time on this point as it’s pretty self-explanatory. If podcasts aren’t your cup of tea, then music is the next best thing. You could create a playlist on Spotify – or use one of the playlists they already have on there. Alternatively, you can put some CD’s in – the car is pretty much the only place people still use them – or just turn on the radio. Either way, music brings some sound into the car and stops you dying of boredom. Plus, you can sing along and get into a happier mood.

Start An Audiobook

One last note on the in-car entertainment front; audiobooks are excellent. Start a series or an autobiography, and give it a listen while you drive. For me, it’s the best way to get through a book in as little time as possible. If there’s something you’ve been eager to read but never got around to it, then listening to it in the car is a brilliant idea.

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Set Targets For Yourself & Passengers

The worst thing about driving is that you don’t really feel any sense of achievement as you drive. That’s where this tip comes into play, as it’ll help you feel more entertained and motivated while you drive. Essentially, you set small targets for yourself while you drive. For example, you have to reach a certain number of miles before you can stop to eat. Or, if your passengers spot 5 identical cars, then they get a reward. Little things like this can really bring some fun to the whole experience. I particularly like the miles idea as you start to feel a sense of achievement for every mile you get under your belt!

Avoid Aggressive Speeding

Honestly, it’s pretty impossible to stick to the speed limit on a motorway. Everyone goes above 70, but you should really avoid aggressive speeding – or speeding whenever there are cameras or police nearby. The reason for this is obvious; nothing makes a long-distance journey worse than getting pulled over and handed a ticket. Granted, you could still beat your traffic ticket when you get home and seek legal guidance, but it will completely ruin your mood. The rest of the journey will be filled with silence as you moodily trudge along at a snail’s pace, paranoid that you’ll get done for speeding again. So, try and stay quite close to the speed limit whenever possible, and avoid going way over it as you’ll likely attract attention and get pulled over!

Take Regular Stops

The worst thing you can do is drive without taking any stops. Service stations are there for a reason, so make sure you use them. The longer you drive, the more tired and grouchy you become. Not to mention the fact your legs will be sore, your back will start to hurt, and your bum will be numb. Even if you’ve got a new car and want to stay behind the wheel for as long as possible, you will benefit from some short time away from it. Yes, stopping makes the journey longer, but it also makes it way more bearable. Try and stop every 45 minutes to an hour, just to stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air.

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Don’t Drive When You’re Tired

Driving is a hundred times worse when you’re tired. You’re so eager to get home, and there’s the nagging feeling of fatigue in the back of your mind. It makes every journey seem much longer than it actually is. Plus, it’s incredibly dangerous as you can easily fall asleep at the wheel. So, to make your drive much more enjoyable, don’t do it when you’re tired. Get plenty of sleep before you’re due to drive, and have a coffee as a pick-me-up. This keeps you alert and fresh, then call it a day if you’re still driving in the evening and start feeling tired. It’s better to give up and try again in the morning than it is to power through at night while you’re tired.

If we’re speaking generally, then long distance driving is horrific. The thought of a long journey – particularly when by yourself – is enough to make your skin crawl. But, it doesn’t always have to be like this. Try these ideas the next time you go for a long drive, and it’ll amaze you how much more enjoyable it is!

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8 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy on a Long Car Ride

By Guest Blogger Adam F.

8 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy on a Long Car Ride

Mom… Dad… Are we there yet?

1-driveThat’s the question every parent who steps into a vehicles with a young child should be prepared to hear ad nauseam. But with a little preparation ahead, you should be able to keep your kids occupied, and happy and of course, quiet in the back seat of your car.

How to Keep the Kids Busy?

1.     Bring Reading Materials

Wherever you go, you should always pack a good number of reading materials for you and your children. Magazines, picture books and comics are all great options, but you should also consider hitting up sites like Audible and downloading a couple of audio books for your kids.

2.     Prepare a Kid-Friendly Playlist

You could always bring a music player loaded with a playlist filled with your children’s favorite music. However, if you want to have a wide variety of songs in your car, it would be smarter to load up a few, customized playlists on your Spotify account (or any other service you might be using).

3.     Pack a Kit

Letting your kids play and build different things with toys like LEGO is always an awesome, fun way to keep them busy, no matter where you are. While this may sound like a challenge during a long road trip, you could easily create a portable LEGO kit by putting all of the bricks in a small lunch box, for example.

4.     Scavenger Hunt Sheets

Some items you’re bound to see on any road in America, Europe or Asia, so it would be a good idea to print out some scavenger hunt sheets filled with some of those items. This will create a great game for the whole family, and if you have a young child, still unable to read, make sure to print out sheets with pictures.

2-drive5.     Play Car Games

In addition to scavenger hunts, the license plate game and the ever-classic I Spy, our could always play the simple, but fun ABC game, where you search for different items outside of the car in alphabetical order. This will engage every single member of your family, and help you pass the time.

6.     Family Friendly Movies

If you have TV screens in your car, be sure to bring a few family-friendly movies or some educational show along for the ride. Of course, if you don’t have any screens in your vehicle, you can always use a laptop, tablet or simply your phone. But if you plan on streaming their movies, make sure that you’re using a secure Express VPN to protect your private data, before you connect to a public network.

7.     Give Your Kid an Old Camera

Even though you might not be aware of it, but there are still disposable cameras out there. And while your kids are still learning how to handle a smartphone (and take pictures naturally), you should give them a disposable cam they can share. And once they start snapping photos, they’ll surely have fan throughout the trip.

8.     Buy Enough Snack and Drinks

If you’ve gone through all the above activities, your only option is to take out a few snacks and make sure that everyone has something to munch on. If you’re planning on bringing some cool items, such as sodas and ice cream, you should bring a portable cooler, filled with ice.

Ensuring Your Security

But this isn’t all about your patience and sanity, as a matter of fact, the more you’re distracted, the more unsafe you are. Because if you spend a lot of time solving fights and getting into shouting matches with your children, you’ll eventually stop paying attention to the road.

3-driveRecent studies have shown that a huge number of car accidents are associated with distracted parents. As Car Junky reports, around 25% of car crashes happen when a distracted parent is dealing with his kids in the back seat.  So in order to make sure that this doesn’t ever happen to you, you have to ensure that your kids are completely satisfied throughout the trip.

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Adam, a reasonably successful web development has been publishing articles onwefollowtech.com for the last couple of years. When he is not hard at work you can find him on the basketball court or at the nearest Chinese restaurant, eating his favorite Chow Mein and reading fortune cookies.