Autumn is one of the best times to pack up and head out on the road. Driving with the windows down, feeling the cool breeze and peeping the beautiful changing leaves is an experience worth chasing after.
I know many of us have been avoiding travel this year due to the pandemic, but I urge you to find a way to get out and get on the road. It’s a great way to escape the real world and get your mind off of things, and it doesn’t have to be long. Sometimes just a day trip can leave you feeling refreshed and inspired to start the new week.
Plan Where to Go
Once my husband and I have decided to take a trip (usually once we desperately need one), we sit down and figure out where we’d like to go. We prefer to choose destinations that are completely new to us – you look forward to the drive and new scenery, and it’s fun to explore once you arrive. If you’re looking for inspiration on where to go, check out this guide on the 48 best road trip destinations in the US.
We both love exploring new towns, and the easiest way to do this (especially now) is to camp, as its generally socially distant. Check out campsites in the area you wish to travel to, or look for inexpensive lodgings on Air BnB or boutique hotels. Most places will also offer activities or suggest the best local restaurants and cafes to check out while there. And if you’re looking for more of a day trip, consider picking a town or city on a map that you’ve never been to, and drive. Spend time sight-seeing, shopping, and enjoy yourselves! We plan on doing a day trip soon to Asheville and Blowing Rock, which we’ve heard so many good things about!
How to Get There
Depending on how far you’d like to go, renting a car is the easiest way to get there. You avoid putting high mileage on your own vehicle, and many rental cars offer unlimited mileage and even fuel packages. Whenever we plan for a trip, my husband and I like to rent a vehicle different that what we typically drive – a sports car, an RV, or even a vintage VW van are simple ways to ramp up your trip.
If You Have Kids
Road trips are very family-friendly. However, children can lose interest quickly, so be sure to prepare ahead of time. Find some car friendly games or activities the whole family can do, consider downloading kid-friendly movies onto a portable device such as an iPad, and pack plenty of healthy snacks and drinks. And feel free to make stops along the way to your destination. That’s part of the charm of road trips: if you see something new and want to check it out, by all means do so! It’s also an easy way to break up a long trip without stopping at a rest stop or on the side of the road.