Keys? Road trips? Get it?
I’ll stop now.
In all seriousness, there are 3 simple things that you can do to achieve optimal road trip success. Let’s get into them.
1. Create a detailed budget.
I can’t stress this one enough. Having an extensive budget was a lifesaver, especially as a broke college student. Setting limits for yourself really helps curb frivolous spending, and it’s comforting to have an estimate of how much gas will cost, etc.
Do your research. I am a HUGE fan of TripAdvisor. It’s layout is simple, and it makes it easy to find cheap hotels and fun things to do. You can also pack most of your food, to help cut down on eating out. (It adds up quickly, especially if you’re paying $10+ for each meal.)
Plus, there’s something nostalgic about eating PB&Js and drinking cheap wine on the beach. But maybe that’s just me.
2. Have a general itinerary– but be flexible.
Just jumping into the car and aimlessly wondering sounds pretty romantic, but in practice, it’s kind of boring. On the flip side, you don’t want to be overly ambitious and wear yourself out. Pick out 1 thing that you’d like to do each day, and just be spontaneous the rest of the time.
When I go on road trips with my best friend we have 2 rules:
A. Only eat at local places
B. Stop immediately if anything along the way looks interesting
Doing both of the above has lead to some pretty wacky (and memorable) experiences.
3. Remember where you stayed and what you enjoyed most.
Last year, the BFF5everrrr and I decided to spend one of our days at this cute lil beach. We ended up loving it so much that we went back this year for an entire weekend.
It also helps to remember where you stayed, and how much it cost. That way you can return to the places that were clean and reasonable, and skip the places that were questionable.
4. Take pictures. Bring friends. DO NOT, under any circumstances, forget the bug spray and sunscreen. (This one’s for free!)
Happy road tripping,