Have you been itching to travel cross-country but are feeling a bit hesitant due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Rest assured, you can get your confidence back by following the following tips and lessons learned from my own mid-pandemic road trip across seven of these great United States!
This post will include tips for planning your route, preparing your vehicle, safety recommendations, and ideas for the perfect accommodations.
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Essential travel or Adventure?
Now everyone may have different reasons or goals for taking a long road trip. You may just want to get away for a few days, escape for a mental health break after too much quarantine! If it’s summer and the kids are off school, it may be a time for adventure, a summer road trip vacation to see the sights and great destinations out there.
You may also be a family of homeschooling kids and remote working parents, possibly due to the pandemic. As long as you can hole up in a hotel room with decent Wifi a couple hours a day to get work done, you can squeeze in some travel and adventure along the way.
Or it might be a family necessity trip. In my case, I needed to visit my elderly mother and help with her move into an assisted living facility. My sister drove up from South Carolina to our home in North Carolina, we added my teenage daughter, and the three of us headed out!
There are a myrid of family issues that require travel, such as moving an older child to college far away, visiting relatives in another state, attending a funeral, caring for someone who is sick, etc.
In our case, it was good to see Grandma again, but also sad that it had to be through her nursing home window, due to the pandemic.
Some of these family trips are not the most fun or lighthearted reasons for travel. However, with the right planning, even a mundane or even somber road trip can be made meaningful and relaxing in its own way.
A road trip is also the safer alternative to plane travel during this time of COVID-19. Many of us, for good reason, do not feel comfortable getting into the small confines of an airplane these days, even with the mask requirements and extra sanitizing measures.
For those of us accustomed to just booking a flight and reaching our destination fairly quickly, the idea of driving cross country may seem quite daunting. However, with a few general tips to keep in mind, you can plan a road trip that will create memories to enjoy for years.
Plan your route
Map it out.
The first thing you’ll need to do, after choosing your destination, of course, is mapping out your route. I’ll be explaining the steps for using the Google maps website or app, as that’s my most preferred navigation method and the one we always choose as our driving route planner.
If you have an exact street address of your destination, go ahead and type that into the search box at google.com/maps. Then click on “Directions“, and up to three different car routes will come up. Look at the map at the right of the directions to decide which route looks like the best one for your trip. You might be given alternatives to toll roads, or directions that avoid certain major cities. If you see a city that you’d like included on your route, type the name of that city in the blank that says “add destination“, or click on it on the map. Then you can click on the route and drag the highway marker (the blue line) to that city, to create your desired route. Google Maps is pretty forgiving, so if you don’t drag the line perfectly, it will still automatically right itself onto the best road available. It’s fun!
Once you have your route created, look at the total number of estimated hours it will take to reach your destination. Take some time to consider how many miles you can reasonably, and safely cover in one day. Having more than one driver helps lessen the driver fatigue, but even riding in a car can wear you out by the end of the day.
Suppose you’ve decided on 6 hours of driving per day. That might round up to about 7 hours, depending on how many stops you make for food and rest areas. Do the math and figure out how many days it will take to get to where you’re going.
Pick Your Overnight Stops
Then look at your route on the map and find the general area for the end of your first day’s drive. Zoom into the area by clicking on the “+” button in the lower right hand corner of the map. If you’re looking for a hotel to spend the night at, you’ll want to look for a town big enough to have several lodging options. As you zoom in closer, available hotels and restaurants will begin to pop up around the magnified portion of your route. That should give you an idea whether that town is a good stopping point for that day’s driving.
Types of Accommodation
Of course, hotels are not the only option for overnight lodging. If you’re ready to try something a little less generic than a hotel room, check out Airbnb ! It’s a great way to relax in a place that truly feels like home, for often times it is someone’s home, fixed up just for you! (More on Airbnb later…)
Wait, what? Camping adventure? Like, setting up a tent and cooking your meals on a campfire after a long day on the road? Sure, if you’re thinking camping the way my family did when we were kids. Great memories made back then, yet we always fantasized about having our own RV to glam it up a bit. Flash forward to today and the wonder of RV rental services like rvshare.com. More on renting an RV or camper trailer in just a minute…
Once you find an area with plenty of good accommodation options, you can either go ahead and lock in a reservation, or do what we did, and just wing it! Of course, we didn’t completely wing it; we at least knew what towns we were generally planning to stop in, but we started out without any reservations besides our final destination. The first night it took two tries to find a Airbnb) is best for you:
- Budget: What’s your average allowance per each overnight stay? If you’re on a tight budget, find your price range and stick to the options in that range.
- Reviews: Before committing to a hotel, check the reviews of past customers. While a few individual opinions can vary, a flurry of bad reviews should definitely point to elsewhere.
- Comfort level: If you have some wiggle room on the price, decide which hotel amenities are important to you: Do you like a refreshing swim in a pool after your drive? How about a fitness room? Do you prefer a suite with extra space to spread out? Are you comfortable with sharing a bed with your family members or trip mates?
- Food Options: Does the hotel have an on-site restaurant, or a continental breakfast included? Do you prefer to have a refrigerator or microwave in your room for quick snacks or cold drinks? If you’re hauling bottled drinks or perishable snacks along in a cooler, you’ll want to refrigerate them overnight before the next day’s drive. A hotel fridge with a small freezer is handy for freezing ice packs, too.
Consider an Airbnb!
As an alternative to a hotel room, consider the benefits of renting from Airbnb. Airbnb is a vacation rental online marketplace company, specializing in mostly homestays that often feel like you’re staying at a friend’s house while they’re away.
On our trip, we chose to stay in hotels along the way, then we stayed in an Airbnb for several nights once we reached our main destination. It made more sense, as our hotel stays were just quick overnights, not enough time to relax and enjoy our location. For that reason, we’ll return to this topic in a minute..
Prepare your Vehicle
If you’re planning on using your own vehicle, you’ll want to make sure it’s ready for the long haul. Is your car up to date on its yearly state inspection? Schedule a standard road trip check-up with an auto repair shop. Or, if you’re handy under the hood, try checking it out yourself..
Suggested car check-up services:
- Full service standard oil change and filter
- Tire rotation
- Tire check: any signs of strain bulges or damage
- Tire pressure; don’t over inflate.
- Wipers and wiper fluid. Make sure you’re ready for sudden downpours and the daily fluid wipe of bug hits.
- Transmission fluid inspection
- Coolant fluid inspection
- Brake fluid inspection
- Power steering fluid inspection
- Battery fluid inspection
- Fuel & air intake inspection
- Belts & hoses inspection
- Air, fuel, cabin filters inspection
- Check high and low beam headlights, also brake lights.
- Heater and air conditioner check
Pack Car Accessories
Once you’re confident your car’s machinery is ready to go, make your ride more convenient with these suggested accessories:
- Keep an old towel or a roll of paper towels for cleaning windshields, mopping up spills, etc.
- Get a spare key and keep it somewhere on your person, in case you lock your keys in the car!
- Have sun protectors ready for side windows and for the windshield while parked, if it’s summer.
- Keep your owner’s manual handy and car registration in the glove compartment, just in case. And your driver’s license in your wallet, of course!
- Pack a car survival kit: flashlight,
- jumper cables,
- tow strap,
- screw driver,
- car jack, and
- spare tire. While hoping you won’t need these items, it’s always best to be prepared! (hint: this car emergency tool kit has everything you need!)
Or, Rent a Car
If you’re not as confident about your own car making the long journey down the highway, consider renting a vehicle instead. Choose that comfy SUV or whatever style fits your idea of a great road trip ride. Pick it up at your neighborhood Hertz, and you’re good to go! Start your reservation here.
Or, Go RVing!
In case you haven’t heard, RV camper travel has become a booming trend this year of 2020! Obviously as other travel options have lost customers due to the coronavirus, people have seen RV travel as a safe, affordable, fun way to travel domestically. You travel with your own family or frequent contact folks. You spend the nights in your private camper trailer, pop up trailer, or driveable camper van or large RV. You stay safely distanced from others, and have very little contact with highly congested groups of people or common surfaces.
It’s no surprise, then, that Airstream enjoyed an 11% increase in RV sales in May 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to CEO Bob Wheeler. Not just retirees, but even milennials are jumping onto the trends of #vanlife and digital nomading, the lifestyle of working from home while on the road.
But what if you’re not familiar with RV camping, and aren’t ready to invest in a camper trailer, luxury motorhome, or camper van? Well, lucky for you, RV rentals are becoming a huge trend as well! People in your area are renting out their camping vehicles through trusted websites such as RVshare, and some will even deliver the RV to your door!
Pack for a Road Trip
I believe there are two types of travelers in this world:
- Travelers who pride themselves in packing light, taking the minimalist approach to extremes where they’re nightly washing out their underwear in hotel sinks, and…
- Travelers who insist on bringing everything they need to feel at home in new surroundings, even if it means sitting on their suitcase to squeeze it shut and wrenching their back trying to lift it onto the airport scale!
I find myself falling in the middle of those two categories: While I am learning more about lean travel and tweaking my packing procedure as I go, I still end up spending way too much time deliberating which few clothing options will serve me best and which ones I can contentedly live without.
The good news about road trips is, your luggage limit is as big as your vehicle! So pack up that full size suitcase if you don’t mind hauling it in and out of your stays along the way. But that said, here is a basic guide to packing your road trip essentials:
Just the Essentials
- Clothing: Pack for the expected weather, as well as the unexpected. If laundry facilities are available on your trip, pack accordingly: bring fewer outfits, as they can be washed and worn again.
- Toiletries, medicines, “just in case” items, earplugs, etc.
- Electronics: cell phone, lap top or devices for playing videos, reading ebooks, etc. Earphones, chargers.
- Cooler and ice packs for keeping beverages cool.
- Snacks for on the road and in the hotel (suggestions: non-perishable, healthy items such as granola bars, protein bars, cracker sandwiches, bread, peanut butter; also fruits and cut-up veggies that can be kept in the cooler. (Hint: avoid too much sugar/carbs, they’ll make you sleepy!)
- Water bottles, other bottled drinks. Save money and reduce our plastic consumption by using a quality reusable water bottle that keeps your water cold up to 24 hours! I love these by Takeya. It’s amazing how much more water I drink when it stays super cold for so long! So many different sizes, styles, and colors to choose from; check them out here on Amazon.
- Kitchen items for snacking in the hotel room: paper towels, bottle opener/ can opener if needed, herbal tea bags or other creature comforts to help you wind down after a long day of driving.
- Small bottle of laundry detergent for washing clothes in hotels.
- Small bottle of liquid castile soap for its many uses. (read this blog post!)
- Reading materials, such as books, magazines, puzzle books, kids’ coloring books, etc. Also, be sure to download movies, audible books, music, podcasts and other entertainment ahead of your trip.
Plan for Safety during the Pandemic
First of all, let’s be honest: Taking a road trip, or any kind of travel for that matter, during these pandemic times increases your risk of catching disease. You are probably moving in and around people outside your normal family group a few times each day. Hotels, rest stops, gas stations, restaurants, and homes you may visit should all be considered potential points of contact with disease-causing germs. So heed the warnings and guidelines of the health professionals:
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid close contact.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow, away from others.
- Clean and disinfect frequently handled surfaces.
- Monitor Your Health Daily.
(These guidelines have been shortened for convenience; however, the detailed instructions from the CDC (U.S. Center for Disease Control) can be found here.)
Follow CDC Guidelines on the Road
Let’s apply these guidelines to taking a road trip.
Pack the supplies you will need:
- face masks (reusable face masks can be washed in a hotel sink and dried overnight, but bring a few disposable masks as well, just in case.)
- disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray (good luck with that, I have yet to find a store that carries real Lysol spray these days, or without charging an arm and a leg for it online!)
- hand sanitizer
Keep your distance in all the public areas you visit:
Just a word of warning, as you probably know, not all rest areas, gas stations, restaurants and hotels operate under the same protocol.
I noticed that in some states, rest areas were impressively, immaculately clean with clear attention to health guidelines: Alternate toilet stalls were closed in adherence to social distancing. Appropriate signage reminded us to wear our masks, keep our distance, wash our hands and cover our mouths when coughing or sneezing. Sinks and toilets were clean, with the signature scent of recently used cleaning products hanging in the air.
Then there were some nasty gas station rest rooms where no one, including the patrons, seemed to even acknowledge that a pandemic existed!
- If conditions are questionable, bring your own sanitizing wipes and wipe every surface before touching it: doors, toilet flushers, sinks.
- If you’re lucky enough to own a can of Lysol, spray the small area inside the toilet stall, especially if a person just exited. (but don’t overdo it, lest you bring on a coughing fit, not a good look in these times..)
- Wear a mask.
- Maintain 6 feet of space when waiting in line.
- Wait your turn to use a sink that’s a good distance from others.
- Use a paper towel to open doors, use elbows or feet when possible to avoid touching doors with hands.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Use drive-thru or take-out service whenever possible.
- If going inside, wear a mask when eating.
- Leave the restaurant when you are finished.
- Use hand sanitizer.
Again, we noticed some huge differences between hotels, even within the same hotel chain, depending on what state we were in. Without naming names, the hotel chain we usually used did a good job of providing consistent signage throughout the building, reminding us to keep our distance. However, the signs did NOT say anything about wearing masks, which we found disappointing. Employees of that chain in some states wore masks, while those of other states did not.
Front desk procedures varied. Most had a plastic screen at the receptionist desk and floor markings to stay 6 feet apart. One had a bin of sanitizing liquid to drop off your hotel key cards when leaving.
One element that was consistent at our hotel: no sit-down breakfast room. They did have self-serve packaged food items we could take back up to our room and eat.
Practical guidelines for Hotels:
- Do your research. With different states changing their restrictions due to sudden spikes or improved virus numbers, it’s good to know what to expect. If you feel an area is too risky due to high Covid-19 counts, you will want to make sure your hotel has a flexible policy on last minute cancellations.
- Request a room that’s been empty a few days, if possible. Hotels usually have high sanitation standards for their rooms; however, it can’t hurt to let a little time go by to air out the space you’re about to stay in.
- Wear a mask. If it’s a reusable mask, wash it in the hotel sink and let it dry overnight. Or throw it in with your laundry, if using the hotel laundry facilities.
- Follow social distancing guidelines everywhere outside your hotel room. Only ride the elevator with your own family or friends.
- Use the provided hand sanitizers whenever possible.
- If you are concerned that your room may have just recently been vacated, wipe down door handles, light switches and other surfaces upon entry.
- Flip the doorknob sign to “Do Not Disturb”. By passing on the daily cleaning service, you’re keeping out an extra person who could potentially infect your space. Do tip, though; these service workers are facing a hard time these days, and will appreciate your gesture.
- Pools, saunas, workout facilities: These areas may be closed; however, if open, proceed with caution. If the areas are small, only use if empty. Bring the sanitizing wipes and wipe off equipment before and after use.
Besides getting to your destination in good health, you also want to traverse your route with good driving practices to ensure a safe arrival. Here are some safe driving tips to keep in mind:
- Know your limits and plan your driving sessions accordingly. Stop when you get tired. If it’s the middle of the day, and you’re the only driver, find a safe rest area, lock the doors and take a short nap. Even 20 minutes of shut-eye can revive you for the rest of the drive.
- Drive steady. Use cruise control when possible, resist the urge to retaliate when aggressive/rude drivers annoy you, don’t race!
- Keep your distance from trucks. They don’t like tailgaters, so don’t give them an excuse to be watching their mirrors and possibly get in an accident! And don’t drive too closely in front of them, either, especially on mountains. Trucks can’t stop as quickly as smaller vehicles, so give them plenty of space!
- Stay alert: While a companion on the road can keep you awake through conversation, there may still be times when you just want to be alone in your thoughts. Keep your mind active by listening to music or recorded books or podcasts.
- Avoid sugary drinks and snacks. The temporary sugar high will soon be replaced by sleepiness. A little caffeine may be fine, but keep it in moderation. A jittery mess of nerves is not a good state of mind when approaching difficult driving situations!
Prepare for Toll Roads
Depending on the route you take, you may encounter toll roads along the way. You can avoid them if you’d like, simply by adjusting your route in Google Maps. But if you still prefer the toll routes for the shorter distance, you’ll just want to be alert and be prepared:
- Watch for the toll booth signs and be ready to slow down and stop.
- Scan the signs above the toll booths to see which line to follow. If paying in cash, watch for the “Cash” lane. If you have an EZ Pass or other appropriate pass, go to that lane.
- Often times states will accept passes other than those provided in their state, on a reciprocity basis. Illinois, for example, will accept payment by EZ Pass in lieu of their I-PASS. Best to research these requirements beforehand.
- If you accidentally drive by the open toll booths, or if they’re only accepting these electronic passes, be sure to Google that state’s toll website later to find out how to make your payment. In Illinois, the website read: “Customers who do not have I-PASS are required to pay their missed tolls online within 14 days. Click below to learn how to pay your unpaid tolls online.” The procedure to identify the toll booths you missed is rather tricky, so to avoid that mess, consider getting your I-PASS or EZ Pass!
- Trust me, they WILL find you if you miss a toll booth! I unwittingly missed a toll booth in the Chicago area one year, and months later received a hefty fine in the mail! It was accompanied by the snapshot of my car, whose visible license plate made the identification possible.
Stay in an AirBnB for Safety
If you choose to reserve a stay at an AirBnB on your trip, Congratulations on making an excellent choice!
While we used hotels along the highway after our long days of driving, we booked an AirBnB for the longer stay at our destination.
What is an AirBnB?
In case you’re still a newbie with AirBnB, basically it is an online marketplace where people looking for a place to stay (guests) can rent an accommodation from an owner (host). There are over 3,000,000 unique AirBnB listings worldwide. And I mean unique: some lodgings actually consist of castles, treehouses, campers, boats, tiny houses and more!
AirBnB does not own the properties. Individuals rent out their vacation homes or their own homes when vacant, using the AirBnB platform. All the communication, reservations are done through the platform.
Once you have completed a verified stay, you can leave a review for other guests. These reviews are tremendously helpful; be sure to look at them carefully before selecting your stay.
Why AirBnB instead of a Hotel?
There are several reasons why I am so excited to book an AirBnB when I travel, rather than a hotel:
- Safety during Covid19: While it’s true that hotels are known to maintain very high sanitation standards, staying in a single-family rental home, or AirBnB, may give you more peace of mind these days. Only making contact with your travel mates means less worry about contracting a virus.
- Uniqueness! Unlike the branded sameness that comes with staying in the average hotel room, these are unique, personally designed homes that offer so much more interest and fun! Sure, sometimes for a one-nighter that much fun is better left for longer stays, which is why we saved our AirBnB’s for our final destination accommodation.
- Best Value for your Money: Depending on your location, you can often find homes with separate bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, and rooms to relax for equal or less than a single room in a hotel!
- Comforts of home: Enjoy the one-of-a-kind decor and creature comforts of a house prepared by a real human, not a corporate brand! You know, those handpicked blankets and little knick knacks, even those slightly annoying little quirks of an older, well-loved home. I don’t know about you, but after several days on the road, gathering the trash from multiple fast food chains and staying in the same branded hotels, a genuine house in a real neighborhood is a sweet treat.
- Room to move around! Riding several hours in the car with family or friends can make even the closest of kin a bit irritable and ready for some personal space. The privacy of a house with separate rooms is a welcome relief to one-room hotel stays where you’re still all up in each other’s business!
- Live like a local! Staying a few nights in an actual neighborhood helps you feel more integrated in the community that you’re visiting. You can wave and chat with the neighbors, observe the local routines, and do your part of putting out the garbage on garbage day. You also have the luxury of a safe parking spot by the house, not a huge parking lot. And those neighbors around you may be the best local guides for places to eat, shop and find entertainment.
How to Select and Book your AirBnB
The first thing you will do is go to the top of the AirBnB website (or in the form above ) and type in your destination in the search bubble. Add your dates, to make sure only available properties are shown. Then look at your search results.
There are several things to consider when choosing a stay on AirBnB:
- Location. Is it a convenient distance to the places and activities you have planned? What kind of surroundings or neighborhood is it in? Read the reviews of a host and see if anyone mentions problems with traffic noise or sketchy parts of town.
- Sleeping Conditions. How many beds do you need? Can some of your group share a bedroom? You may want to go back and set the filters for number of beds and/or bedrooms. Look carefully at the photos. Do the beds look comfortable? Consider your budget and your comfort level. The colors and style of someone else’s decor might not suit you completely, but as long as you sleep well, you might save some money staying at the lower priced options.
- Kitchen Availability. Do you plan to eat out most meals during your stay, or do you plan to do your own cooking? Decide whether a kitchen is needed, and how equipped it should be to meet your cooking needs. If all you need is a microwave a couple times a day, you could even consider renting a private room in a family home, where limited kitchen use is allowed.
- Cable tv and wifi! Depending on your planned activities, you may or may not have a great need for cable tv. However, most of us are pretty dependent on having good internet service for staying in touch while away. Check the status of wifi in the home’s amenities list; some may even comment on the quality of the connection.
Tips for a Good AirBnB Stay
Once you’ve found the accommodation that suits your needs, select your dates and place your booking. You should receive a message when the host confirms your stay. If you’re in a hurry and can’t wait for a reply, you can filter your search by “Instant booking”. Then you just get in touch with the host to discuss the details of check-in.
Discuss with the host beforehand:
- Check-in and check-out times. Will the host be there to greet you? Is there a hidden key to let you into the place? Does the key go back into hiding when you leave?
- Read all the details the host left on the site. Ask any questions related to their expectations.
- Are there any additional cleaning tasks or reminders you should know, such as wheeling the trash cans to the curb on a certain day? How should you leave the beds, stripped of sheets? Laundered sheets? Or do you need to bring your own towels and bed sheets?
- Be clear on all of these issues before your stay. This will ensure that you both have a favorable experience, and you will both most likely give good reviews of the other. (yes, don’t forget, you as a guest can receive reviews, too, which other hosts will consider when you contact them for accommodation in the future!)
More tips for a great AirBnb Stay:
- Upon your arrival, check that everything is in order in the house. If you notice something broken, let the host know right away, to avoid paying for damages.
- Be neat and respectful of the host’s home, as if you were staying in a friend’s home. They are trusting you with their property. Try to leave it as clean as when you arrived.
- Be friendly and respectful with the neighbors. Introduce yourself if you meet them outside, let them know your arrangement so they aren’t suspicious. Keep the noise levels down, make sure you park where directed, so as not to inconvenience neighbors driving past the house.
- Plan a grocery shop when you arrive: Check availability of staple items first. Did the host leave basic items for you to use, such as dish soap, garbage bags, laundry soap, etc.? If unsure of whether something is available for you to use, ASK!
- Plan to buy your own food, but if there are basic condiments or spices in the kitchen, ask your host if you could use small amounts of said items.
- Keep your menu simple. Avoid buying large amounts of ingredients that you will have to throw out when you leave. Don’t leave leftover food, assuming the host might use them.
- If anything in the home stops working or is damaged while you are there, contact the host as soon as possible. Whether it was your fault or not, it is best to be honest and report all incidents that may arise, just to be safe.
Keep your Sanity on the Long Haul
Cruising down new highways, taking in the sights, feeling the freedom of the open road and the thrill of spontaneity.. what’s not to love?
As long as you’ve done your homework, mapped your route, booked a place to stay, perhaps, and made sure your ride is ready to roll, all should be great, right?
Almost. Don’t forget that you are probably taking this trip with family members or other humans with whom you’ll be spending an awful lot of time in the next several days. While shared time with friends will certainly create some fun memories and opportunities for deeper conversations and bonding, you also run the risk of getting on each others’ nerves when boredom strikes or when expectations aren’t being met in new situations. While this is normal under any conditions, you’ll want to keep things cool on the road for safety reasons.
Set the Expectations
To avoid arguments while driving, set a few ground rules, if necessary, depending on the ages of your family members or some known habits that might clash between your clan. For example, if some of you prefer listening to music on the road, to drastically different styles of music and volume levels, require the use of earbuds.
Discuss before the trip how often you all need to stop for rest areas and food. Then remind the group of these agreed upon rules along the way. (Be flexible, of course; when you gotta go, you gotta go!) Also decide beforehand how far you will drive each day, and when to switch drivers, if that’s possible.
And then there’s those little annoyances of an agreeable temperature to set the A/C on, and where to dispose of trash. While these may seem like trivial issues, they can still bring out the worst sides of family members when trapped inside a car for several hours a day! So just keep these things in mind, knowing that the best vacation starts with preparation!
Hitting the highway and exploring sights yet unseen could just be the best remedy for cabin fever, especially during these times of the pandemic. While there are some important safety precautions to take anywhere you go, it is still possible to stay safe and have a great time away from home. So whether you drive a car or a camper, stay in a tent, a hotel, a house or a yurt, just make a plan, keep it safe, and go have an adventure!
What’s Next For You?
I hope you enjoyed this article and are feeling more informed and more confident about getting out on a road trip. Are you ready to try something new, like staying in an AirBnB or renting an RV? Or maybe you’ve just kindled a little curiosity about adventuring in your own state.
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Happy trails, my friend!!