With the hassle and cost associated with air travel, many families choose to take a road trip every year. There are lots of benefits of long road trips. In addition to the cost savings of not needing a rental car or plane tickets, long road trips allow you to visit multiple destinations during your trip. Many families plot out a long road trip taking them through various national parks, monuments, and states. Thinking of hitting the open road? Here are some long road trip tips. How far will YOU go?
How Far Will You Go? Long Road Trip Tips
Get the Whole Family Involved
I always think that it’s a good idea to get the whole family involved any vacation planning. If your kids are old enough, ask them where they want to go and see, and try to incorporate as much as possible into your long road trip. Even if you are able to include one or two things that the kids want, it will definitely give them ownership in your vacation.
Figure Out How Much Time You Have
You’ll want at least ten days for your long road trip – although 2-3 weeks is optimal. Make sure you know how much time that you have, so you can figure out how far you can actually go.
Decide on Budget and Hotel Types
During your planning, decide on the budget for your road trip. Although you can definitely save money by road tripping, it’s a good idea to develop a budget in advance. Then, you can decide how much money you can spend on your trip. Everything will depend on that – what attractions you see, where you can stay, and what types of restaurants you can visit.
Look at Weather Along Your Route
You may be going through several different climates, so check out the weather along your entire route. That way, you’ll know exactly what types of clothes you’ll need to pack for your road trip. If traveling in the winter, you’ll want to be more aware of potential snow or ice storms in your path.
Save Money on Gas
On a long road trip, gas can be a big expense. Save money by using your Irving rewards card. Register for free, and you can save the more you fill up. You can also get a 6 cent per gallon discount by using Irving Debit Pay. In addition, Irving has a current promotion where you can win even more rewards. Win instantly with digital tickets that may result in a prize (from 3 cents to 75 cents off per gallon) that will be applied back on your Irving Rewards Card. There’s also a Gas4Life online sweepstakes entries for a chance to win big prizes, including $50 Irving Oil Gift Cards, $500 Cash / $500 Community prizes, and free gas for a year.
Get Your Car Ready
You’ll be relying on your car, so it’s a good idea to get your car tuned up before you go. You’ll also want to check your tires.
Load Up Your Phone With Apps
There are so many apps that will make your road trip easier. Load up your phone with apps before you go!