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Traveling by car is the ideal way to spend a holiday. The wind in your hair, the sun on your face. Every minute you see new things and you are in control. Are you already moving on to the next town? Or will you stay here for a few more days?
Download your favorite playlist
How often do you remember where you were when you heard that one beautiful song?! Music lets you experience moments even more intensely and makes it easier to recall them. In addition, a car ride is also much nicer with your favorite music coming from the speakers. I always put together a cool playlist on Spotify for my holidays and make sure that I can play it offline. I also take a USB cable and my Bluetooth speaker with me so that I can listen to (my own) music anytime and anywhere.
Take a map with you on a trip
An old school map is not only useful if you have lost your way, because your phone or navigation system has stopped working, but also great fun for when you are back home. I love maps and always color the route I have traveled on the map. This way you can see at a glance where you have been and you have a nice memory of your beautiful road trip. You could even make a nice collage for it on the wall🙂
Get off the beaten track
You often see the coolest things when you go just off the beaten track. During our road trip through Western America in Canyonlands, for example, we suddenly hit a 4×4 trail and we had the time of our lives. We did the same in Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, by the way. The latter was a little less successful because every time we wanted to get back on the beaten track we had to cross a river. Not so handy in a swamp area😉
Never go on a road trip without food & drink
Things don’t go as planned when traveling. For example, I really get ‘hangry’ when I’m hungry, so you can see why I always bring something to eat for the road! Also better for the relationship, of course. 😉During our road trip through America, we bought a cool box, for example. This way the drinks and your (bread) toppings stay nice and cool. Not only do you always have something with you, but it is also a lot cheaper!
Be inspired by the locals during your road trip
One of my road trip tips is: listen to the locals! Because who knows best what the beautiful places are and can tell you the most about the country. Exactly, the locals! That’s how we met Richard in a small town in Australia. He told us about a magical place in Daintree National Park. A place where hardly anyone knows, but where we also had to go. It turned out to be a real oasis!
Get a local SIM card
Nowadays you can easily use data in many places in Europe with your Dutch telephone subscription without paying extra for this. Outside Europe this is different and the costs for data use are quite high. But local SIM cards only cost a few euros. For example, we did not have a navigation system in our motorhome in Australia & New Zealand, but we were able to navigate easily through the local SIM card. A real outcome! Also useful for quickly looking up an address. Definitely one of my road trip tips to you!
Follow the local (traffic) rules
It may sound very logical, but before you set off, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the traffic rules that apply on the road. This way you avoid fines and you can spend all your hard-earned money on fun things. Like you travel yourself instead of the corrupt police officer in Africa.
Practically pack your car and bag
You undoubtedly have a lot of nice clothes that you want to take with you on holiday. Only 6 tops, 7 pants, and 5 bikinis; do you need all that? Along the way, you often have the opportunity to do some laundry. In many (Asian) countries this is very easy to arrange and costs virtually nothing. In addition, you do not have to worry about your luggage and it is nice if you have some space left in your bag for nice souvenirs.
Make sure you have car knowledge
Do you know how to measure the oil level? What to do if you are stuck in loose sand? Or how to change a tire? It will happen to you that you get a flat tire in the middle of the outback and you don’t know how to change it. You will probably come out of the race unscathed on most road trips, but it is useful to make sure you have some car knowledge
Enjoy your car holiday!
Perhaps the ultimate road trip tip; don’t forget to stop every now and then and enjoy all the beauty around you. Take your time, take pictures and enjoy! In the photo above, after a long motorhome drive, we decided to stop at Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown and enjoy one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand!