7 quick road trip tips!
- Do a thorough cleaning of your car before, during and after your road trip. Who wants to sit in a dirty car for hours on end? Also, you pack so much stuff in your car during the trip, don’t let it get lost in there after the trip is over.
- Don’t be too proud. Use a map, or Google maps, or heck, even Apple maps. It’s a beautiful time we live in with the navigation technology, put it to use Magellan.
- Find the scenic route. Get off the major highways and find a scenic road. There are many websites out there (like roadtripamerica.com) that will help you find those less-traveled paths.
- Find a traffic app, especially if you are going to be passing through a major city. Waze is a good one, but there are several others out there.
- AAA never seemed like such a great deal, until you’re stuck somewhere between two towns you’ve never heard of. Look for special additions to cell phone plans, for example Verizon Wireless offers a service similar to AAA for an additional $3/mo.
- Make sure all of your driving documents are up to date. Nothing like getting pulled over in a podunk town with an expired license and insurance.
- Don’t be scared to use alternative means of lodging. Millions (yes, millions) of people have had successful trips using services like airbnb and couchsurfing.org. It take some planning, but it can offer some great deals, especially if you’re the minimalist type of traveler.
There are so many places to take a road trip around San Antonio. Simply head north on 281 and you’ll find some beautiful Texas hill country, you can even head on over to Canyon Lake. Or head north on Bandera Road and continue as it turns into Highway 16 and you’ll find yourself in the Cowboy Capital of the World. Or head South on 410 and take a trip to Calaveras Lake! So many options!