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6 Tips to Planning a Great Road Trip

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1. Remember that a road trip is about the journey, not necessarily the destination.

Tips to Planning a Great Road Trip

1. Remember that a road trip is about the journey, not necessarily the destination.

Of course you need to select your destination carefully, but don’t lose sight of all the fun stops along the way.

2. Get off the highway.

Sure, you’ll save time on the road well-traveled, but if you really want a memorable road trip, skip the interstate and enjoy the views as you ramble along the road less traveled.

3. Skip the same ole, same ole.

I admit, it may be more comfortable to stay within the confines of your comfort zone, but do you know what really makes a road trip memorable? It’s that bite of fresh peach pie at a small town diner or meeting the owner of that mom and pop motel along Route 66.

4. Don’t overplan.

Yes, you do need to plan but don’t fill your schedule so full that you don’t allow time to stop and nose around a small town that you find intriguing or spending a couple bucks at the tourist trap that catches your eye.

5. Choose your road trip companions carefully.

You probably don’t want to plan a cross-country road trip with your child who gets car sick driving from your home to the grocery store, not do you want to road trip with the relative who complains incessantly. That doesn’t mean you can’t go on a road trip with those loved ones, it just means that you should be mindful of the length of your trip and where you go.

6. Pack a fun goodie bag for the kids (and big kids too).

Before my family embarked on our cross country road trip to California, I put together some road trip goodie bags for my husband and teens. The possibilities of what to pack are endless, but I normally try to pick up some tasty snacks, a road trip game or two and something that my teens will really enjoy.


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Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

Sunday 30th of March 2014

I think with little ones, we end up just trying to make time and get to our destination. Adding in a little extra time for traveling would probably help our stress levels immensely!

Nicole Stanley

Wednesday 26th of March 2014

Nice post and very detailed guide...When planning a road trip, make sure that the vehicle accommodates the everyone comfortably and the luggage and that it's in good shape.


Monday 24th of March 2014

I would use it for gas

Yona Williams

Monday 24th of March 2014

I'd use it to fill up my coffee cup.

JaNell H

Monday 24th of March 2014

You know how you've got all that white space in your US map? That's our road trip this summer :) WA to MN and back out on I-90, back on I-94. Me ,hubby, our 5 children ranging from 17yo-1yo, hubby's mom, and our terrier mix Tucker John will trek across the upper 48 from Pac NW to my homeland. Can't wait!!!


Wednesday 26th of March 2014

Sounds like an awesome trip! My family was hoping to check that area off our list this year as well, but I doubt we'll be able to fit it in. We have graduations and weddings in other parts of the country. Have fun- I'm sure it will be a beautiful and memorable trip! Protection Status
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