How to plan a road-trip across countries
Taking a road-trip across countries can be adventurous but can be a trip of a lifetime. How many of us have lived all our lives in the same town we were born; probably few. There are so much out there in the world you can explore to change your perception of life. Planning a road-trip across countries can be tasking, not only to have all the required items on board but putting your vehicle in the right shape for such a long trip. There are basic things you have to do to have a rewarding and safe trip.
These are some of the planning tips:
Research your route
This is very important, how well you know the route, will determine how memorable and enjoyable your trip will be. One of the best ways to know your route is to lunch an inquiry through online or offline. The responses you will get will help you with a great deal to plan your trip. With this, you will know where to camp, items that will be on your packing list, the right quantity of gas to take and other items.
Decide How Long Your road-trip will last.
You need to decide the time in which your trip will last, and this will reflect the amount of time you will stay at each stop. The time varies from one traveler to another based on some external factors. This will also help your family and loved ones to track your movements.
Map your route
By now, you have known your various stops; it is time to pinpoint them on the map to know the distance, each stop will take. You can use Google Maps or computer to carry-out this Put the estimated time and mileage of each stop in a spreadsheet for easy reference.
Getting your car in top shape
A road-trip across countries is a long journey that requires any mode of transportation used to be reliable and safe. Getting your car in top shape is non-negotiable, and preparation for such a long haul should not be done in a hurry. Your car has to be evaluated at different terrains. What kind of vehicle to be used should also be considered.
Budget Considerations for a road-trip across countries
A budgetary provision has to be made to cover costs such as gas, meals, accommodations and other miscellaneous. If you are traveling on a tight budget and you intend to keep the food costs as low as possible, go with foodstuffs to avoid embarrassments at local eateries. Always insist on seeing the Menu before placing an order.
Staying Comfortable on a road-trip across countries
Create adequate space where you can rest your head in the car and keep it cool with a functional air conditioner. Stock your vehicle with water, snacks, toiletries, device chargers, grocery bags for trash and medicines. Have car maintenance tools like a tire gauge, jack and a quart of engine oil with you.
Break-up your trip every two hours to rest your blood and to cool-off the engine of the vehicle. It is advisable not to go with pets like dogs to avoid unnecessary distractions. In a situation where you did go along with such pet, don’t keep it at the back to avoid leaping into the front seat.
A road-trip across countries is an enjoyable one if all the necessary plannings are done ahead of time. I always recommend that people should go with friends to make the bond stronger and to share fond memories together.