Road trips are one of those things that can divide people when it comes to opinions. Some people like their social gatherings to be clean, with easy access to toilets and showers. Others, however, enjoy road trips and campouts and opportunities that provide them with a challenge and maybe even an adventure that they’ll remember.
So, whether you’re just starting out on the road trip lifestyle, or you’re someone who is familiar with the way of the road, it never hurts to have some suggestions about how you can make your next outing as adventurous and memorable as possible. It’s important to remember, though, that it’s difficult to control what happens on a road trip due to the variables at play, so allow your expectations about your trip to be fluid and you’ll likely have a better time.
Your Vehicle of Choice
This is something that might depend on a few things, such as who the primary driver is, how many people are going and how you plan on sleeping. If you’re taking tents then you and your friends might be going in a couple of cars that can stow the tents, in which case you can simply find the right places to camp out when the moment calls for it. It’s important to check that where you’re travelling to has places that you’re legally allowed to camp in, or you might find yourself struggling to find somewhere you can pitch up and relax.
What you might find otherwise beneficial, is to hire or finance a new campervan. A campervan can serve as your base of operations on wheels and can help this element of your trip feel as though it has more character. In many ways, spending so much time in one vehicle can make that vehicle feel like an extra member of your group. Furthermore, you might find it more relaxing to sleep in this instead of a tent, simply as you might feel it is more secure due to it having lockable doors. You might find this vehicle capable of taking in more people as well.
Your Destination and Location
If you’ve never been on a road trip before, this isn’t something that will likely take quite as much thought, because you may be less familiar with roads and routes closer to you. Planning a destination that’s within your country, for example, will likely be less daunting for a first time as it means you won’t be massively far away from home should something go wrong and you have to turn around.
For those who are more seasoned with this activity, however, your choices might feel broader and you might feel more confident in going on a road trip overseas. In this case, it might be best to research some tried and tested road trip routes that others can recommend so that you know there will be ample opportunities for facilities and food. Getting lost in a place that you’re hugely unfamiliar with could be an experience that turns sour very quickly.