Going on a road trip can the best ways to see a country especially if you only have a short amount of time, it can be the most effective ways to see as many things possible, although planning a road trip can sometimes be overwhelming just like any other trip can but with this handy guide we are going to break down step-by-step how you can plan your road trip to make it the best one possible.
Budget and Timescale
The number one thing to think about for any trip is, what is your budget and what are the timescales? For example, if you can go on a week-long road trip and only have £200, this will affect where and what you can do as opposed if you have £2000 and say three months.
Knowing how long you have can determine where you go with cost also playing a part for any activities or the type of accommodation you want, this is the number one thing you need to establish for a trip!
Solo or group travel
You may have already of had the answer to this question when you first decided to plan a roadtrip but if not!
The next thing to look at is whether you are doing this solo or with a group of friends as this can also affect your budget. On your own you will have to pay for things completely on your own as opposed to being able to split the costs with friends, this does depend on what type of traveller you are tough and what time you have available.
Where are you roadtripping?
Deciding which country to road trip to is the next most important part!
You might decide to travel in your home country or can a plane somewhere and hire a car or van or even a road trip on the way to your final destination.
Again this depends on your budget and timescales.
Planning the route
I suggest using google maps as you can pinpoint all the places you want to go along with accommodation and write notes around different places.
Once you have all the places you want to go you can work out what route to take, but remember to take your timescale into account when deciding how long to spend in one location as well as how you will be travelling, for example, public transport will possibly taking you longer to get to each point compared to driving yourself, also making sure you can reach each location in your chosen means of transport. (Side note: check what seasonal effects there are for each activity such as price change and closures)
Type of transportation
When you have narrowed down where you won’t go and the activities you want to do on this road trip is time to think about the transport this is where your budget massively comes into play if you’re doing a solo trip in your car and finding accommodation along the route just driving from A to B or maybe you are in a campervan saving in accommodation cost but will possibly have to hire out a van instead. If you are using public transport looking at any deals as well as the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get to the locations you want to visit is important and also possibly more time consuming to plan.
Time to make some bookings
Now you’ve planned your route and you know when you want to go all you need to do is book your first nights’ accommodation or any tickets which you may need in advance.
If you are travelling on a tighter timescale and know exactly what and where you will be doing each day you can book everything in advance if needed but you are following a more relaxed schedule for your trip and unsure where you will be going I recommend only booking your first day/nights activity and then book places a few days or on the day depending on how your trip is going.
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