So, you’re thinking of taking the family out on a big holiday. It’s easy to see why driving holidays appeal. The ability to roam far and see great sights one after the other. Paired with feeling of creating an organic holiday and catching plenty of surprises along the way. Who doesn’t like the sound of that? Perhaps people who have been burned by bad driving holiday experiences. So we’re going to look at the preparations necessary to avoid that.
Places to go
First, you need to create an itinerary of the places you want to go for sure. The main stops on your journey, you need to think about what they provide. Try to create a mix that hits the sweet spots for all the members of the family. Somewhere the kids can play. Some interesting historical or cultural landmarks. A spot of great natural beauty and relaxation potential.
Stops on the way
When you’ve got your major points mapped out, then you can begin planning your route. Your route also needs to take into account the stops you’re going to need to make as you go. Stops to eat, stops so people can use the toilet. The occasional place to sleep. If you’re lucky, you can even find some side-attractions on the way to the next item on the itinerary. Don’t be afraid to explore, either, so long as you know you can get back on your route easily.
Make sure your car’s fit to purpose
You’re not going to be enjoying very many of those stops, however, if your car can’t go the journey. That’s why you need to make sure that your car is ready for such an extensive trip. Have it taken to the garage for a close look well in advance. Check to see if you might need to order online tyres as replacements. Don’t let a failure to prepare halt your journey.
Make sure it’s ready for disaster too
We don’t like to think of things going wrong, but let’s be honest: they do. If you’re in a car, this most often means finding yourself broken down. You need to have breakdown cover if you want to keep a road trip going smoothly. You also need to make sure you can keep safe on the road. If it’s safe to get out of the car, put high visibility markers around it so other drivers can avoid you.
Keeping entertained on the road
Road trips can be highly entertaining, there’s no doubt about that. But there are also going to be stretches of road that are quite the opposite. For those times, you need to have distractions at the ready for the kids. Whether it’s games to play or making sure they pack a book or electronic game. Similarly, it’s a good idea to have someone to take turns with at the wheel. Always being the driver can be an unpleasant experience.
Hopefully, the points above help you eliminate a lot of the fuss that can go into a travelling holiday. Now get out there and enjoy what the road has to offer you.