Planning Your Road Trip Across The US

Monday, September 12, 2016

A road trip across America is what dreams are made of, the kind of thing most people have on their bucket list at some point in their lives. And so if you're able to make dreams a reality, you should always go for it! All you need is a little bit of money, a good friend or two and a thirst for adventure. On the road you'll make memories to last a lifetime, and experience things you never would have any other way. Here are some tips for planning your road trip across the US.


There are a number of road trip companies you can book through. These have the benefit of offering car rental, plus they have set routes so you know exactly where you're going. This could be a good option if you prefer something a bit more structured, or are new to this kind of thing and a bit unsure. If you go it alone you'll have to hire a vehicle, providing you're over 21 and have a driving license in the country where you live you shouldn't have an issue hiring a vehicle. You can even hire them for one way trips, meaning you don't have to come back on yourself to return the car. You could go for a standard car or an RV- this is good way to go since it means you'll have somewhere to stay on the road as well as something to drive. No special additional license is needed for this, but you should be comfortable with being able to drive a large vehicle.


If you're driving an RV you will able to stop just about anywhere providing it's safe and legal. Although you're likely to want to make hotel or motel stops every so often so you're able to shower properly. If you're travelling by car, where you'll be staying mainly depends on your budget. If you're travelling cheaply, motels and travel hostels are a good way to go. If your budget is bigger you could stay in nicer hotels on some nights. If you bring camping equipment you could also go camping or glamping in some of the awesome campsites and national parks that you pass on your trip. 


Again this depends on your budget. You could make grocery stops and stock up on non-perishables, and fill a cool bag with fresh food. This is one way to eat cheaply while you're on your trip, especially if you will be on the road for a number of weeks. You could dine in inexpensive chain cafes and restaurants for some meals or maybe treat yourself to something a bit fancier if there are particular places you want to experience on your trip. You could visit bustling markets in the daytime and eat delicious street food, and try out the cuisine that each state or area is famous for.


There are various recommended routes for US road trips, so make sure you do your research beforehand to work out which is best for you. Bear in mind the kind of landscape and scenery you want to see, and which attractions and landmarks you want to visit the most. This will make deciding on your route and planning your journey easier.

Have you been on a road trip across America?

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