Best Roads for a Road Trip

Best Roads for a Road Trip

Looking for a fulfilling and fun road trip? Whether it is with friends, family, or a loved one, road trips are a wonderful adventure to take via your own car or a rental. Road trips are a great bonding experience to have with other passengers in the car. The feeling of freedom and endless adventure grabs the hearts of any thrill or adventure seeker.

Here are some great roads for a road trip:

The Road to Hana, HI. If you find yourself in Hawaii and itching to get out of the water and embark on a road trip, one road that is highly recommended to take The Road to Hana. This road goes from the town of Kahului to Hana and is a stretch of about 68 miles. It’s a great road for a one day road trip that can ensure you’ll be back in the water soon enough.

Stowe to Rochester, VT. This trip is reserved for friends or families who have an interest in food and travelling for the sole purpose of eating. Just 48 miles long, this road is filled with farms, breweries, and wineries. Little shops and restaurants also follow along the road, ensuring that you’ll never run out of choices of places to eat at.

Los Angeles, CA to Taos, NM. This road is deemed as one of the best roads to travel via motorcycle. For anyone looking for some solo time and to put miles on a motorcycle, this stretch of 916 miles can provide just that. You can even take a detour to the Grand Canyon and find time to do a bit of soul searching.

Pacific Coast Highway, CA. A scenic route, a road trip along the pacific coast highway should be taken by anyone wanting to get to know the coast of California or for romantic lovers. Hugging the coast, anyone traveling on this road will catch constant glimpses of the ocean and maybe even a sunset. This road can provide the right lighting and scenery to set a romantic mood.

Best Road Trip Ever

Top Ten Tips For the Best Road Trip Ever

There is nothing more fun than an old-fashioned road trip. I love taking to the open road and exploring our country. Now, I’ve been a “road tripper” for some time and though I love air travel, I love the road trip because that’s how you can really experience the country. So it’s time to get your favorite tunes and munchies ready and plan your open road trip adventure with these ten easy road trip travel tips.

1. Plan your trip. First, you need to determine where you’re going to go and then plan your trip. Planning doesn’t have to take a long a time, but you do need to know the route you’re going to drive and points of interest along the way that you’re going to want to stop and explore. Half the fun of a road trip is seeing the sites along the way. I like to MapQuest my trip and have that as my main plan of attack for my road trip. GPS is very popular these days and I recommend them, but you can’t always rely on them when you hit construction zones or accidents on your journey. That’s why it’s essential that you have a real map with you for the areas you’ll be traveling to and to plan alternate routes if necessary.

2. Make your hotel reservations BEFORE you go. Part of the fun when traveling on the road is stopping wherever your heart desires, but there’s nothing worse than a “no room at the inn” experience on a road trip. You may not realize that there is a “Comic Book Trade Show,” “Strawberry Festival” or convention in town while you’re visiting and there are no rooms to be had. If you do not book your reservations in advance, not only are you running the risk of having to sleep in your car but also you can’t manage your road trip budget effectively. If you’re traveling with your family or a group of friends, consider staying at an all-suite hotel or even renting a time share, a great option for families taking a road trip. Did you know that 90 percent of people who own a timeshare don’t utilize it on a regular basis? Many great offers can be found at some of the bigger hotel chains that offer timeshares and many of them even have a washer and dryer. For my road trip to Scottsdale, I booked a fantastic one-bedroom suite with a kitchenette at a time share property directly through the hotel for just $100/night including tax at the Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas.

3. Give your car a full tune up before you go or consider renting a car. One week before you go on your road trip, take your car in for a tune up and ask your mechanic to ensure the car fluids are topped, air pressure in your tires is at its best for highway driving, and any other necessary concerns regarding your vehicle are addressed. Should you need to get something fixed, it is best to do it at a place you can trust before your road trip. Plus, it can be more expensive when it is a have-to situation. Also, make sure you pack a roadside safety kit just in case of an emergency. For me that kit includes my American Automobile Association membership card (Premier Membership). If you have a car that is no longer under warranty or has automatic roadside assistance, then a American Automobile Association membership is a necessity as it will save you a fortune in the unfortunate event you have a break down and have to have your car towed. If you’re at all concerned that your current vehicle is not “road trip worthy,” then you may want to consider renting a vehicle for your road trip. I did this for my trip to Arizona as I found a great deal on a rental car and had the peace of mind for my road trip.

4. Pack your own food and plan a picnic. I used to be addicted to stopping at fast food joints on a road trip. There was something that felt fun about that on a trip but I’ve since learned that I prefer to pack my own food for my journey. It doesn’t just keep me eating healthier, but it also saves money, too, especially if you’re traveling with your family. Also, if you plan ahead, you may find that there is a great stop for a scenic picnic in your travels and packing a picnic is so much better than flying through the Drive-through. If you do make a stop, either for a picnic or to explore a cool sight along the way.

5. Bring great music or audible books with you! Music is truly the soundtrack of our lives and every road trip needs a soundtrack. I think of my trip to Seattle every time I hear a Phil Collins song from “No Jacket Required” because that was the primary music I was listening to on that trip. I think of the Bahamas Harbor Island and the amazing walks on the Pink Sands Beach every time I hear Wilson Phillips music. It’s sort of like having a theme song for every vacation but hearing the music even today will evoke fun memories of wonderful trips. I also love catching up on books I’d like to read but somehow find it easier to listen to. That’s where audio books come in and you can download them to your mp3 player, iPhone, or other PDA device. !

6. Don’t forget to pack a boredom buster bag for the kids.

Road Trip Planning

Road Trip Planning

The key to a successful road trip is planning ahead. All too often what should have been a relaxing get-away is marred by the frantic search for a forgotten essential, a poorly planned budget, or an inadequate understanding of the area in which you are traveling.

The first step in planning your trip is, of course, to choose a destination. This can be a single place that you are looking to visit, or a general area that you are looking to tour. Use a map to plan out your route, if possible try to plan for a different route to and from your destination, maximizing the opportunity for discovery as you travel.

Once you know where you are headed take the time to go online to research what cities and towns you are traveling through along the way. Many cities and towns have websites that list the tourist attractions in their vicinity. You can also make use of a number of travel websites to see where others have been and the attractions they recommend. Write a list of the places you’d like to see, including the amount of time you will likely need at each stop and the cost of the attractions. Keep an eye open for coupons to save you money. Visit information booths.

Before starting your trip, make sure your vehicle is in good repair, and has had an oil change or tune-up if needed. Your tires should be suitable for the weather expected. Take along an emergency kit, and have an emergency plan.

While driving, you will likely be able to cover around 40 miles per hour. Although you may actually be driving more quickly at times, this is offset by traffic and stopping at lights and signs. This means that 6 hours of driving in a day will take you around 240 miles.

As you look at your route, plan for rest stops about every 1.5-2 hours. You will need to break for lunch, restrooms and to stretch the legs at some point, and you should finish your day’s travel well before dark if you plan on camping or need to find accommodation. It is best to select an overnight destination that offers an evening attraction so that once you are set up for the night you can enjoy the local entertainment.

Next you need to consider your budget:

o Keep in mind the costs of the attractions that you intend to visit as you travel.

o You will need to plan for meals and snacks. Bringing along your own food can save a lot of money, so consider bringing a cooler.

o Make reservations for accommodations in advance.

o Make sure that you have enough leeway to cover the cost of fuel. You may want to go exploring the scenic routes in the area you are visiting.

o Souvenirs, there will always be a little something extra that you may not have thought of, so having a spending allowance for extras is useful.

o Finally, you need to plan what to bring with you. While you will want to pack light, you don’t want to discover that you forgot something essential.

The best plan is to create a list of everything you might need as you travel then pare it down to the essentials. For clothing, be sure to pack for the season, and choose layers that can adapt to varying weather conditions. Sometimes the weather can surprise you! If you will be staying at various locations for short periods of time, pack your suitcase so you can bring in a couple days worth of clothes and not have to carry in the whole suitcase. Consider all personal supplies that you might wind up needing, using a toiletry kit will keep all those items in one place and be easy to carry from place to place. Don’t forget to bring any medications you require.

If you are camping consider not only the basics such as a tent and sleeping bags, but also cooking utensils and lighting for after dark. Don’t forget about sunscreen and bug spray. A freshly stocked first aid kit is another smart addition to your packing list. Make sure you have enough batteries and fuel for campsite equipment.

Finally, don’t forget to bring something for entertainment along the road. Many rural areas have poor radio reception and little to no selection. Try bringing music CDs and audio books. A good book can be a great way to pass the time when not driving. If you are traveling with kids, portable games and DVD players are good distractions while driving.

A well planned trip gives you the chance to make the most out of your vacation. Being prepared will reduce your stress and keep things running smoothly. So take your time, be prepared, and have a great road trip!

A Road Trip

A Road Trip – How Fun

Two Local radio celebrities from Australia are currently touring America in a Holiday Camper Van that is known as Abravan Lincoln. They call it the Caravan of Courage across America. These guys whose names are Hamish and Andy are broadcasting their 2Day FM radio show live each day and it is a total scream. You can also watch video of their antics via the web. The Boys are lots of fun and are so far safe and well in America.

The boys started in Florida and plan to be in California in 2 weeks. Very very sure they can be there. There is a video on the website that has a spider scene not for the faint hearted. There are thousands of spiders hanging from the telegraph poles and Hamish is Petrified to say the least. The boys give an in depth description of the sights they see. The first day they are camped in a back to nature camp where Hamish refuses to go outside and broadcast because he will be too distracted. It is all very funny. The guys go to a theme park I think the quote was about the 13th Happiest place on earth and audition to be mermaids. Video of this is also crazy crazy.

Here are some travel tips to help you plan your road trip:

– Make sure that your car is in good condition and it is a good idea to have a few spare parts and check your spare tire. A jerry can for extra fuel is also advisable in case the gas station is a little further away.

– Have a lot of flexibility in your schedule as traveling is tiring and you will need to take breaks to avoid fatigue. Always allow a few extra days in case you find places you really love.

– Have lots of activities in the car.

– If you have children you could think about driving the boring long uneventful trips at night.

– Make sure you keep in contact with family so that they know you are safe.

– Keep to main roads and make sure if you are going into secluded places you have some form of communication process.

– Always make sure you have accurate maps and know the speed limits. Also make sure that your car is roadworthy and registers. Bad road maps lead to arguments and these can ruin a road trip.

– Make sure that you have plenty of toilet stops this will also allow you to rest and avoid fatigue.

– Do some research before you leave so that you know what is available in each town. Where the gas stations are, are there relevant services.

– Do you get on with the people you are going with. Road trips will definitely make or break friendships.

– Be careful who you make friends with along the road. There has always been horror stories about travelers who have run into trouble.

– Music is always good. Have election that everybody enjoys. Radio stations can fade in and out and reception can fade making the music not such a pleasure to listen too.

Road trips can be a lot of fun if you are not rushed to get to any particular place. Planning is the key to a successful road trip. They can be a very relaxed vacation.

Checklist For a Road Trip

Checklist For a Road Trip – Get Ready to Hit the Road!

This checklist for a road trip will make sure that nothing important has been forgotten when you’re finally ready to jump in your car or RV and go. Most people think about what they need to pack, but there’s so much more you need to do when preparing for a road trip.

The items on this checklist for a road trip have been placed in the order that they need to be attended to – so don’t jump ahead!

Select your road trip companions first – if you’re going with your family or significant other, you can jump ahead to step 2. If you’re selecting friends to take on your road trip, make sure you’re truly compatible. That person that’s fun to hang out with in a bar or go out with for the occasional coffee may not be someone you can handle on a 24-hour basis. Add all that time together to the close proximity you’ll share during the ride, and tensions may mount. How do you know that they’re the right person to bring? You want someone who generally shares your interests and attitudes, who is as much like you as possible or is complimentary, and someone who rarely (if ever) ticks you off. Watch out for any annoying habits or personal grooming issues – they will really get to you on a road trip.
The next item on this checklist for a road trip is to select a destination that the entire group is excited about. It’s not good enough for just one person or half of your group to be enthusiastic about where you’re going. A road trip is often a week or more, and part of what keeps you going every day is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: your destination. You don’t want some people in your group thinking that pot of gold is really just a pot of cheap gold-painted plastic coins.
Map your road trip so that your route to your destination and your return route are different. This will make both journeys more interesting and give you more opportunities to see interesting sights, stay at different hotels, and eat at different restaurants – jazzing up your road trip considerably. Plan your route to hit sights, towns, cities, and various attractions along the way. A road trip is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. If you don’t care about the journey, take a plane!
Make your hotel/motel or campground reservations and print out all reservation information to have on hand in case there is a mix-up. Doing this has saved me many times when mistakes were made on the hotel’s end – sometimes I even got an upgrade and some complimentary wine or a fruit basket for my troubles! If I hadn’t had the printed reservation, I would have had to find other accommodations (and when you’re in a popular area – that can often mean no accommodations).
Pack your maps, any printed directions, and any reservation confirmations in a waterproof zippered bag that you’ll keep in the car for reference. The waterproof and zipper part will come in very handy when you accidentally spill that soda or there’s a downpour of rain when you’re carrying it to and from the car.
Get your car checked out and have any necessary maintenance work done. I recommend getting an oil change unless you just got one – better safe than sorry. Check the condition of your tires and replace them if they’re worn. If you don’t have AAA, consider getting it for not only the benefit of roadside assistance, but also the discounts most hotels offer to AAA members.
Get both a roadside emergency kit and a first aid kit and put them in your trunk. Make sure the spare tire is in good shape.
Arrange for your pets and plants – either boarding the pets or having someone stop in at your home to take care of everything. Have all mail and newspapers held or have a friend or neighbor take them in daily.
Even if you don’t have plants or pets, ask a friendly neighbor to keep an eye on your home. Let them know the exact length of your trip and also let them know that if they see a moving van in front of your house, call the police! I’ve heard too many stories of neighbors seeing a moving truck or van and thinking that it had something to do with the trip their neighbors were taking.
Get an extra refill of any prescriptions if possible – it’s good to have more than you need in case your trip runs longer for some unforeseen reason.
Check with your cell-phone provider to make sure you’ll have coverage where you’re going and what the roaming fees are. You might want to check if your traveling companions have different calling plans and see if they are complimentary (they have coverage where you don’t and vice-versa).
Get or rent a roof-top cargo carrier if your car is too small for all of your stuff.

Now that you’ve completed everything on this checklist for a road trip, you’re ready to get packing!

Family Road Trip

How to Survive a Family Road Trip

It’s every family’s dream: a week or so on the road with no responsibilities other than family togetherness. But the dream can quickly turn into a nightmare for tired, fussy and out-right bored kids — and the parents who have to listen to them. Following these five “rules of the road” will help keep the peace and the dream alive.

1. Slow down. It’s an old story – once Dad gets behind the wheel he has a tendency to want to “drive straight through”. But young children can only travel in a confined space for about two hours without a rest stop. More frequent stops result in happier kids.

2. Ration the treats. It’s tempting to give each child a backpack with all of his or her own toys, games, and treats in one bag. But most children will plow through the bag within the first hour and then complain of boredom the rest of the way. It’s best to have an adult hold the loot and then dole it out at appropriate moments.

3. Let ’em loose. A rest stop needs to involve more than a quick trip to the restroom. Children of all ages need to blow off energy and exercise their muscles. So bring along a Frisbee or football to throw while you’re stopped, or get off the highway and look for a local school playground. Yes, it takes longer to travel this way, but isn’t the journey itself the point of a road trip?

4. Plan a picnic. Road trips can often mean multiple fast-food meals. Not only is this an expensive way to eat, it doesn’t provide much variety or nutritional balance. Pack a cooler with sandwiches, cut-up veggies, fruit and cold water, then look for a roadside rest stop or playground for your picnic. It gives you one more good excuse to stop and let the kids run.

5. Don’t forget the dvd player. The longer the road trip, the more likely you will need to resort to electronics to survive the trip. But it’s a good idea to limit the amount of time your kids spend plugged into a dvd player or iPod. The trick here is balance.

With planning and patience, you will not only survive your next family road trip, but may find you actually enjoy the experience. And don’t worry about the occasional backseat squabbles, they are all part of a well-rounded childhood experience.

Planning a Road Trip

If You Are Planning a Road Trip, These Eight Tips Will Make Your Trip Planning Easier

If you are taking a road trip, some planning will go a very long way, and it will help you to enjoy, what might be the biggest adventure of your life.

We will give you eight tips that have been tested on the road, and they will assist you when you are heading for the horizon on your road trip.

1. Identify the trip’s purpose. If you know the reason that you are taking this trip that will tell you how much planning you have to do. If you just like o “take of on the road”, you probably just need a full tank of gas, but if you say “I like to take road trip from Miami to Los Angeles, and I like to see as much as I can on the way”, you will need some planning to make the road trip easier.

2. You need to know what traveling style you like. If you are the type of person that have to be planning what hotels to stay at on the way of your trip, or are you a little more adventurous, and like to “play it at it comes” on your trip? Well, if the trip that you planned includes traveling companions, that might become a problem on your trip. What you might think is “freedom” on your trip, might just turn in to a nightmare for some one else.

3. Gather ideas and the information you need form more than one source. Would it not be great just to get on your computer and just click a key here and there and the entire trip has been planned for you, with out any expense out of your pocket at all?, Sorry to burst your bubble, you can’t have a “trip planning USA” kind of deal on line. There are always things that will happen on your trip, like it or not. Your best bet, the longer the trip you are taking, the longer time is required. There are quite a few websites out there that you can use for your trip.

4. To plan your trip. Now, here is the part that is fun! When you have all the facts, and ideas ready, now it is time to make the final planning of your trip. Make sure you check out the weather conditions on the way, if you choose to stop at hotels you might want to make reservations in advance. Plan the trip on line, and also on paper, if you have a GPS, use it and calculate some different alternatives for your trip. You can also check out what kind of activities each stop might have.

5. Make sure you have the correct equipment in your vehicle, and be prepared for emergencies. You have to make sure that what ever you are traveling with, it has the proper equipment, and you are prepared for emergencies. If you are traveling by RV, Car, Motorcycle, Bike or even a Lawnmower, your trip will be a lot safer, and smoother if the vehicle is in top mints condition, meaning, oil change, service in general. A CB Radio could be a good thing to have, depending on the route, and a given is a cell phone.

6. Create a nice atmosphere in you vehicle. Have enough entertainment with you on your trip. music CD’s, and even a stack of audio books as well. If you have children, maybe a DVD player, and some electronic games might be a winner. Extra pillows and blankets is good too.

7. Keep a travel journal. Make sure to have a Video camera, and a regular camera as well. Keep a written journal as well, even if you just write down a few words of what happened everyday, like many miles, stops, weather, what kind of expenses, and so on. If you do this, when you are planning your next road trip, that information will come in very handy.

8. Hang loose! How ever much you planned for your trip, things always will happened, and these are things that you can not control, that is why it is a good idea to plan your trip well. This is the very reason, some people hate road trips, and some people just love them. remember, you are driving, and there is no way you can tell what you will find after the next bend. Remember, a well planned road trip might turn out to be the most amazing trip you ever done, so make sure that you take the planning of your road trip seriously,

Road Trips

Guide To Great Summer Road Trips

Making Your Summer Road Trip The Best It Can Be

If you’re planning to do any driving this summer, you’ll be one of 35 million hitting the roads. But the fun is in the experience, my friends. Summer road trips and vacations have a unique place in the American experience. So we wanted to put together a little primer with some tips and suggestions on how to make your summer road trip or driving vacation the best it can be. Just like we always do, we’ll give some tips on how to get the best mileage and how to make sure your vehicle is in prime working order. But we’ll also throw in some more interesting things, too. What are they? You’ll have to drive on to find out!

First, let’s get the business out of the way with some tips on making sure your car is in best driving condition before you hit the road.

Tires and Tire Pressure

No doubt about it, the tires are the most overlooked part of the car, especially when it comes to safety. Yes, tires are part of the vehicle’s safety system. They maintain contact with the road and work with the braking system to ensure you actually stop at the red light and not in the shop window across the street…

Having the right tire pressure is the best way to ensure your tires work properly. There are two numbers to pay attention to. Your tires will list on the side wall what their maximum tire pressure is. That’s not the one you want to go by. Instead, go with the recommended tire pressure provided by your vehicle’s maker. It’s located either on the side of the driver-side door, on the glovebox door, or in your owner’s manual. The reason you want to go by this figure and not the maximum figure is because tire pressure increases as temperature goes up. And since this is a summer road trip, the tire pressure could be 5-10 psi higher on the highway than when you started out. Excessive tire pressure increases the chance of a tire blowout on the road.

Having the correct tire pressure will keep you safest, give you the best handling, and best mileage. Overinflating the tires, as we just said, might give you better gas mileage but is dangerous. Underinflating the tires gives you worse gas mileage and wears your tires out quicker on the edges.

Speaking of tire edges, look at your tire tread before you start any trip. The proper depth of tire tread will keep you on the road in the rain. You’re looking for uneven wear patterns on one or the other side. If it’s more worn on one side, go get an alignment. Alignments cost a little upfront, but save you money in the long run by keeping your tires from wearing out prematurely.

The Cooling System

Your cooling system works hard in the heat of the summer to keep the car functioning. No, we’re not talking about AC, we’re talking about the system that keeps your engine from melting. The cooling system has a number of parts, and since few of us are very skilled at diagnosing coolant problems, the best thing to do is have your system checked out by a good mechanic before you leave. You do not want to be driving across the Arizona desert with a bad cooling system.

Here’s a brief rundown of the cooling system parts, so you can at least appear like you understand what your mechanic is telling you:

Radiator core – the little tubes in the radiator that hold coolant. Exposure to road salt rots it away over time. Bad news if you’re driving and it happens. Or it can get plugged, which means your engine will run hot when you’re driving at high speeds. A radiator flush is a good idea here.

Belts and hoses – check for small cracks in the rubber and make sure the hoses are still tight and clamped.

Coolant and thermostat – obviously your radiator needs coolant antifreeze in order to work properly. But keep an eye on your thermostat. They do eventually wear out and get stuck, which will cause engine overheating. If you haven’t had a new thermostat in a few years, get a new one before your trip.

Water pump – the water pump circulates… water. Good mechanics will replace the water pump when they replace the timing belt. You don’t want your water pump to break because it will cause all your coolant to leak out. And that’s bad news if you want to continue doing any actual roadtripping from that point forward.

Cooling fan and heater core – a cooling fan sounds like something important, and it is. But the heater core is just as important for your cooling system (sounds funny?). That’s because the heater core keeps your coolant from leaking out all over the place. You don’t want a busted heater core.

Air Conditioning

This seems like a given necessity for a summer road trip, especially if you’re going to some place like the tourist haven of Florida. If your AC is blowing cold, you’re good to go. But if it’s giving any hints that it might want to cause trouble up ahead, it’s definitely a good idea to get it checked out. Because, like many things in the vehicle, the AC system doesn’t just work by itself. The AC belt also hel