Going on a Road Trip?

…Last Minute By Land

Traveling by land does have its advantages you can go as fast or as slow as you like, choose your (car, trains or bus) and enjoy the view. You can’t really do that from an airplane or a . So is by land making you break out into sweat and causing panic attack? It doesn’t have to. Here are tips you can use:

Get a map.
Never leave home without it. Other than a and a reliable car, a good is your best friend when traveling last minute by land. Choose a motorist’s map because it has more detailed information about the roads and highways you might have to use.

If you have time, try to study the map and mark your current location and your destination. Look at the route you want to take and try to check as well. You never know if there’s a traffic jam or somewhere.

While you’re at it, try to check for local accommodations, gas stations, restaurants, hospitals or clinics along the way. That should give you sufficient information on the most basic things where to get gas, where to eat, go to the bathroom, sleep or your tires checked. That way, you’ll be able to plan your trip accordingly.

Pack up the .
Bring only the things you will truly need on this trip, although if you’ll be traveling by car, you probably can pretty much bring just about anything that will fit in your trunk or . If you’re traveling by , make sure to bring only the necessary stuff. That will help keep you mobile so you can move around fast.

Check your car.
Never go on a by land without having your car checked. Don’t leave anything to chance. So maybe the next gas station/repair shop is just 10 miles away. What if your car breaks down are you willing to walk/hitch the rest of the way just to get your car checked? Make sure everything is in order before you even leave your driveway.

Stop and get your bearings.
Last minute trips can be forever trips if you get lost. If you’ve been traveling a while on the road, stop and try to see if you’re going in the right direction or at least taking the right road. Use landmarks and street signs to determine your exact location. Got a GPRS? Use it.

Going public? Confirm your tickets.
If you’ll be taking your by land on a , make sure to get your tickets ahead of time. You could queue, of course but if you want to make sure you travel faster, have your tickets on hand.

Have cash on hand.
Not every destination you arrive at might have an ATM or a bank. In case you need cash fast, at least you have something in your wallet, bag or pocket. If you’re traveling by land at the last minute, make sure you have cash in change — $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills, along with loose change in coins. So in case you find a hotel, inn or restaurant that will only take cash, you’re ready.

Plus, you never know if you’ll have to make a call from a telephone booth. After all, there are still areas where mobile phones won’t work.


Comments

Going on a Road Trip? — 2 Comments

  1. Huh that was weird, my first post didn’t work. No matter, I wanted to say that it’s nice to know that somebody else also touched on this as it was difficult finding the same information elsewhere. Yours was the first place that clarified this for me. Thank you.

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