Can someone please tell me how it is already December?! These past few months have flown by! With Thanksgiving just past and Christmas coming up, I’m sure that many of you have to travel for the holidays. In order to arrive at your final destination with a happy and content heart, I recommend that you read my below travel trips for an enjoyable road-trip. This advice is beneficial for solo-travelers, as well as travel with family, friends, and kids.
3 Travel Tips for an Enjoyable Road-Trip
Travel Tip # 1: This may seem like a no-brainer, but bring your own food & drinks.
- Snacks: I always bring my own snacks, some healthy and some not so healthy. My advice is don’t eat fast food! Do I always follow this advice? No, but I’ve learned that you’ll end up feeling horrible and your car will smell! Plus, it’s cheaper and saves time to bring your own goodies.
- Water: Fill up a water bottle and put it in your cup holder. Staying hydrated will help keep you alert and feeling good. It also helps curve the desire to keep drinking coffee or sugary drinks.
- Coffee: Now, isn’t it ironic that I’m now mentioning coffee? 🙂 I like to treat myself to Starbucks whenever I’m going on a road-trip. Since I now associate road-trips with Cinnamon Dolce Lattes, I really look forward to getting in my car and heading to my destination!
Travel Tip # 2: Use this time in the car as an opportunity to learn, grow, and be entertained!
- Podcasts: As I’m getting older, I have started to realize that I’m a little bit nerdy…and I’m okay with it! One way I knew this was true is that during my last six-hour road-trip, I listened to a podcast on marketing and blogging the whole time. Big nerd over here! Anyways, below is a listing of my recent favorite podcasts:
- Learning With Leslie Podcast: This is the one I referenced earlier. If you’re a beginner blogger, I highly recommend this one.
- Serial Podcast: If you haven’t heard of this podcast, you are living under a rock. Just listen to it! (Season 1 is better than Season 2 in my opinion. Start there.)
- Kings Church Podcast: I recently started attending Kings Church in Lakewood, OH. I’ve been out of town a few recent Sundays and I love that I can catch up on the sermons I’ve missed via the internet.
- Curious Minds Podcast: I learned about this podcast through my job. Gayle Allen interviews inventors and innovators in all different kinds of fields who are rethinking how they work and live their lives. It’s fascinating and will inspire you to be creative!
- This Levo League article has some other great podcast recommendations…the Gilmore Girl one looks intriguing. P.S. Who else cried and then had their chins drop at the end of the reunion series?!
- Books on CD: It always makes me sad when people say they don’t like to read. Well, if this is you, try listening to books on CD! It makes the road-trip go by so quickly and it’s a great way to “read” if you hate reading. My most recent book on CD that I listened to was “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri and it was excellent! More on that in a future post…
- Music: Buy or rent a few CDs. The hard part? Not listening to them until you leave. I believe in you. You can do it! What are my current favorite songs? Thanks for asking. They are:
Travel Tip #3: Logistics, logistics, logistics.
- Maps: Look at one to view your route before leaving, as it will help you to get your bearings. This is coming from a girl who has gotten lost more times than she can count. Also, set up your GPS! It’s much safer than looking down at your phone every 5 seconds. Technology can fail you and/or your phone could run out of juice.
- What I Learned: I use to be the queen of printing out MapQuest directions. Any MapQuest ex-lovers out there!? The summer after my freshman year of college, I took a road-trip from Ohio to Chicago to visit one of my Miami University friends. This was before I had a smartphone or GPS, so you better believe I had five pages of MapQuest directions printed out and serving as my co-pilot. As I was passing through a small, rural area, all of the sudden the road just stopped. I guess it hadn’t been completed yet or they were doing repairs, but I freaked out! WHAT DO I DO? I was out in the middle of nowhere and hadn’t seen a gas station in miles. Yep, you guessed it. I called my parents bawling. “Mom, I have no idea where I am and the road JUST STOPPED.” As semi-trucks passed by me violently shaking my car, I sobbed as my mother told me to pull out my maps and find where I was. Not helpful, mom. I hated maps and really was terrible at reading them. Fast forward a few years and now I’ve learned to appreciate and love maps! Thanks, mom, for the tough love and inherited admiration of maps.
- Car Check: Make sure everything with your car is A-OKAY prior to leaving. Oil change? Windshield washer fluid? Full tank of gas? Also, ensure you have your license & registration!
- Cash Money: Have cash on hand. I did learn that on the Ohio Turnpike you can pay tolls with debit and/or credit cards, but it’s always a good idea to have a few dollars on hand.
- Avoid Rush Hour: Make the quickest time to your final destination by avoiding driving through big cities around rush hour. I’ve learned this the hard way…Columbus, OH at 5 PM, I hate you!
- Comfy Clothes: Dress in layers. Too hot? Take off your sweater. Too cold? Put on your scarf. This helps avoid fights between car-mates.
- Sunglasses: There’s nothing worse than forgetting your sunglasses. Sun glare? Don’t care. Bring those sunnies!
Question for you: Where are you traveling to over the holidays? Do you have any tips for the ultimate enjoyable road-trip? Tell me in the comments section below!