Road trips are a well-trod tradition at this point, so much so that there are plenty of apps, guides, and other tools that can make it all much more convenient. As such, you might think that there isn’t much that’s new that you can bring to the table to make it more interesting and memorable. That’s far from the case, however. Here are a few ways you can engage a little deeper and enjoy something new on your road trip.
Take the opportunity to get that local flavor
Unless you’re concerned that you’re in a really sketchy area, you should take the opportunity to get to know the local flavor. This means staying at local hotels (unless you’re camping), even trying B&Bs or mom and pop joints over big chain hotels. Similarly, try hanging out at a local diner or bar and getting to know some new faces. It can help you really get to experience the places that you’re visiting.
Drive a new car
It’s often overlooked, but your choice of car plays a big role in just how the road trip feels. It dictates the comfort, the speed, and the whole feeling of the trip. As such, if you want to learn how to make your road trip more memorable, bring a new car with you. A road trip can be an excellent opportunity to “break-in” a new car and get more used to it. If you don’t have one, you might want to consider renting something a little more exciting than your usual auto to kick the trip up a gear.
Have a photography competition
Don’t pressure the group that’s traveling into doing anything that they don’t want to do or that might spoil their time. If everyone is into taking photos on their trip, however, you can liven things up by making an informal competition to see who can get the best snaps. You can make categories, such as close-up photos of details seen along the way, the best group or individual photos, the best landscape photos, and so on. It’s a great way to get everyone to compare memories and share stories at the end of the trip. You don’t even really need a winner.
Make it a themed trip
Rather than just plotting out a route based on what others recommend, or simply seeing how far you can go, why don’t you try thinking about some unique road trips that you can try? This can include things like going to explore destinations that were a part of your childhood or have played a role in some cultural or media phenomenon that you’re interested in, such as filming locations for your favorite show.
Despite being fairly commonplace, now, road trips still offer novelty and excitement by definition. Even if you’re not exploring the untamed wilds, you’re still seeing new horizons and getting a closer look at life and the world in a variety of locations. The tips above can hopefully help you make it even more invigorating.