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How do I Choose the Best Road Trip Ideas?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

Generating road trip ideas is a project best accomplished with the people with whom you plan to travel. Each member of your road trip crew should be provided with a map of the proposed route for your road trip and a general time line for the journey and should be asked to begin research on the areas you will visit on the way. As you each individually develop your road trip ideas, you can share them with each other and attempt to develop some kind of a schedule so that you can experience and enjoy those attractions, events, and activities that look appealing. In addition to using online and print resources for road trip ideas, you should ask friends and family if they have any suggestions. Finally, you should take into consideration your trip budget along with the possibility that you will need to reserve some funds in case of an emergency.

When planning a road trip, it's a good idea to check maps so that you have an idea of your route options and the various landmarks and destinations that exist on each route. While the shorter route may be preferable if you are facing time constraints, a longer route may provide more interesting experiences for you and your fellow travelers. Once you have a route mapped out, you can begin investigating the communities along the way. In many cases, ideas for road trips will depend largely on the interests of yourself as well as people in your group. For example, foodies may wish to investigate restaurant guides in order to find great places to eat, whereas outdoors enthusiasts may be more interested in finding places to stop for hiking or swimming.

A GPS with an updated road map database can substitute for traditional road maps.
A GPS with an updated road map database can substitute for traditional road maps.

Social media may also be a great resource for planning a road trip. Post a request to your social media contacts for road trip ideas. There's a good chance that some of your contacts may live in these areas, or they may have friends and family members who can offer suggestions. This can be a great way of learning about restaurants, attractions, and other places that are frequented mainly by locals.

Road trip planning should take into consideration the possibility of mechanical breakdowns, car accidents, and weather-related delays. When coming up with your road trip ideas, it is important to ensure that your budget can cover the cost of enjoying your road trip but also the cost of repairing your vehicle or paying for accommodations or alternative transportation in case of a problem. To prevent going over budget, it may be a good idea for you and your fellow travelers to prioritize the things you would like to see and do while on your road trip and limit yourselves to everyone's top one or two ideas.

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Discussion Comments


I think that road trips are much more fun and relaxing than flying. Once you get your travel directions, all you have to do is get in the car and take the trip at your leisure.

This article reminds me of road trips that me and my friends used to take in college. Nothing could compare to planning the trip with you buddies, loading up the car, and hitting the road for a fun adventure.
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    • A GPS with an updated road map database can substitute for traditional road maps.
      By: Igor Mojzes
      A GPS with an updated road map database can substitute for traditional road maps.