Is there a more exciting way to travel than taking a road trip? It’s traveling the slow way, checking out all the exciting stops from Point A to Point B. No airports, no bus stations, just you, your car, and some of your favorite people. Some road trippers even travel cross country, so often San Diego is a popular destination for those traveling from the east coast. This could be the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer before starting a new school year, or even an opportunity to use up some hard-earned vacation time. Here are a few tips to get the most of it:
Get Your Car Ready
You’ll be spending a lot of time in your car over the course of this trip, so make sure your car is a comfortable place to be and that it’s in good shape for the coming trip. You might want to take your car to a mechanic to check things like your fluid and brakes before taking it cross country. Make sure you’ve cleaned it out before you get started. You may also invest in sun shields for your car windshield, to keep it cool on hot, sunny days, especially if you’re headed to San Diego.
Road trips can be an adventure, but these adventures are not cheap. To make sure that you have enough money for gas, you’ll need to take a look at the miles from one end of the trip to the next, and then round up to make space for detours. Consider how often you’ll need to stop for food or snacks, and of course, don’t leave fun out of the equation. Leave a generous budget for tourist stops, or do your research to find the most affordable and exciting attractions along the way.
Plan Your Stops
Spontaneity in roadtrips can lead to some of the most fun moments. Sometimes you see something along the way and have to stop to check it out. But that doesn’t mean you should go into your trip without a plan at all. Have an idea in mind of the states and cities where you’d like to stop, and how long you’d like to spend in each place. From there, you can look up things like local restaurants and the top things to do in each location.
Discuss Priorities With Your Friends
Are you traveling with friends or family? Make sure you all know what you want out of the trip before you hit the road. That may mean discussing sights that you each want to see, but it may also be daily routines. Does someone need coffee in the morning to start their day? When you stop at a hotel or inn, how do you want to split up the room arrangements? You can set up a driving schedule so no one gets too tired of driving, as well.
Most of all, have fun on your way to San Diego! And when it comes to booking accommodations, make sure to book direct with The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, where we’ll price match your room and even throw in a 5% discount.