Who wouldn't want to spend a week, or a few months, in a tin box with un-showered friends and servo snacks?
Road trippin' isn't as simple as jumping into the car and rolling off into the sunset - a little bit of planning can go a long way.
When we asked our fellow Nomads to share their road trip advice, the results were pretty clear. We all love to get lost.
"Don't take a map or a GPS. Just drive. That way, you'll spend more time looking out the window and less time arguing about where to go."
- Mark Seldon
"You're in a car not an open field. When you quietly bitch and moan about the sleeping head next you to, chances are they heard you."
- Kate Hoffman
"Travel with those people, with whom your cleanliness quotient matches. Not with a person dirtier, not with a person tidier."
- Sarah Naeem
"Roll instead of fold - you get more in your bags."
"Plan but don't plan too much. By taking the time to explore what's around you, you will find things that aren't always on maps or in books."
- Erin Delamont-Williams
"Get off the highways and spend time on the surface roads... wave to locals, explore antique shops, stop in at local diners."
- Renae Brosam
"Fantales, red frogs and when driving at night - don't use the heater. Instead keep the aircon on (low) so the driver doesn't get sleepy and have blankets to keep the passengers warm."
- Yael Gaffney
"Avoid arriving at your destination late in the evening if you haven't booked accommodation, or you need to pitch your tent - it could end in divorce."
- Alison Rex
"Everyone needs to have a playlist, not just the driver who loves Guns n Roses."
- Alison Rex
"Don't watch "Wolf Creek", "The Hills Have Eyes" or "The Hitcher" before you go."
- Andrew Stephen
"Pick up hitchhikers. Be choosy, of course, but do it. Hitchhikers always have the most amazing stories to tell!"
- Mark Seldon
"Always pack the night before you leave. That means grocery shopping, linen, all camping gear - everything. Never ever leave packing to the last minute."
- Milly McGrath
"If you must use a GPS (because some people don’t want to get lost in a foreign desert-land) there is an option to ‘avoid highways’ so you can take the scenic route AND still arrive at your destination."
- Isaac Entry
“For longer, interstates drives, podcasts are my life. Pre-download a few episodes of serials like “This American Life” or “The Story Club” that have a variety of funny, motivational, or downright-depressing stories to mix it up. It’ll keep the whole car entertained on long stretches of the monotonous roads and something to talk about afterwards.”
- Martin Hong
As the Huck once said, "There ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them, than to travel with them."
What's your advice for planning a road trip? Share your tips below!
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