Monday 20 April 2020

Wondering If You'll Get A Holiday This Year? A Family Road Trip Might Be The Perfect Alternative!

(Collaborative Post)

Right now, we're all stuck inside for the foreseeable future, mostly on reduced incomes and tight budgets. So, if the chance for a holiday does arise, what can we do? 

A road trip is a great low cost idea for a family holiday, and it’s the perfect way to explore a new country. You could even stay at home and take a road trip around some nearby spots that you haven’t visited before. When you are driving instead of flying, you get to see so much more of the country and discover exciting new places along the way, so it’s perfect for adventurous families that want a different travel experience. It also means that you don’t have to deal with flying with kids, which can be very stressful. 

Planning and preparation are key if you want your road trip to run smoothly. If you are planning a family road trip, here are a few important things to remember. 

Toy metal car with a lego man in the driving seat and a lego woman loading suitcases into the boot

Make Sure That The Car Is In Good Condition

A fun road trip can quickly turn into a nightmare if your car breaks down, especially if you are in the middle of nowhere in an unfamiliar country. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that the car is in good condition before you set off. Make sure to do some basic maintenance on it and maybe consider taking it to the mechanic to get it checked over if it is an old car.

If your car has really seen better days and you were planning to upgrade soon anyway, it may be best to buy a new car before you set off on your road trip. The cost of buying a new car can be tough to manage when you are budgeting for a family, but if you shop around for the best car finance offers & PCP deals, you can spread the cost out and make it more manageable. PCP (personal contract purchase) deals are great because you don’t have to decide what you want to do with the car until you make your last payment. If you would like to keep the car, you have that option, but you can also upgrade and start a new finance deal if the car doesn’t meet your needs anymore. 

Take A Paper Map

You might think that paper maps are old fashioned and you don’t need them because you can just use your phone or Sat Nav to navigate. That’s great until you run out of battery, and can’t get a signal on your phone or you realise you've not ran the latest map update and you find yourself lost in the middle of nowhere. But if you do get some paper maps, have a look at them, especially if you've never even looked at one before and learn to read them, plan a route beforehand, so you can always fall back on them if technology fails you.

Keep The Schedule Loose

Discovery is one of the best things about taking a road trip. On route to your destination you will come across hidden gems along the way and you may want to stop and explore for a while. That’s why it’s important to keep your schedule loose because if you don’t give yourself enough time for stops, you’ll miss out on a lot of great experiences along the way. You should plan out some key destinations that you want to visit but leave an extra day between places so you have the option of stopping if you want to.

Keep these things in mind and you will be able to plan the perfect road trip for you and your family.

Mummy Snowy Owl

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