Sometimes, you just need to escape, get in the car and drive. Maybe you hate your job, maybe your mother-in-law’s annual visit is right around the corner, or perhaps you’re just fed up with the everyday routine. Whatever the reason, there’s really no better way to live a little than getting in a car, choosing a destination and driving towards an adventure. But before you turn the key, here are a few tips to ensure your road trip is a journey to remember – for all the right reasons.
1) Choose The Right Ride
The type of car you select can make or break your holiday; a road trip is no fun if the car won’t start, after all. Keep in mind the size of your group, the route’s terrain, weather conditions and vehicle durability when picking a set of wheels. Large windows are a bonus – that way you won’t miss a sighting of a Royal Bengal Tiger when driving near Bandhavgarh.
2) Choose Your Companions carefully
As long as you’re not travelling with Zach Galifianakis, you’ll probably be alright. Nevertheless, it pays to be selective. Hours of car-sized confinement can bring out unexpected not-so-magnificent sides of your best friend or significant other. Try to round up a crew whose travel budget is similar to yours, who are spontaneous and flexible and can read a map or follow GPS directions. Choose friends who will deal with unexpected road bumps (see: The Hangover, Little Miss Sunshine) with minimal fuss and, most importantly, have somewhat similar tastes in music (the last thing you want is to be subjected to hours of Tool if you’re more Taylor Swift inclined).
3) Choose Your Adventures wisely
Plan your route and rest stops before you leave, but also factor in time to take the road not taken and be surprised by what you find along the way. Road trips are about the journey, not the destination. There are countless places waiting to be discovered – mountain peaks, scenic views, and countless roadside dhabbas with mouth-watering delicacies. Sure, you might lose hours taking a detour to explore the Spiti Valley, but your Instagram followers will appreciate you the more for it. More importantly, your road trip is your chance to slow down and allow yourself to be sidetracked by the strange and unexpected. Chances are the fondest memories of your journey will be stopping to play elephant polo in Rajasthan, drinking a fragrant cup of Darjeeling tea with the mighty Kangchenjunga mountain range in the background, or witnessing red rain in Kerala rather than visiting national monuments.
A road trip can be an unforgettable adventure, but can also easily turn into a disaster. So follow these simple tips for a safe and memorable journey. So, what are you waiting for? The road awaits.