Useful Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon Road Trip

Tip to plan a honeymoon road trip
A road trip is always a lot of fun. Whether it’s with friends, family, or your spouse. However, when we talk about a honeymoon road trip, the situation changes a little. This road trip, in all probability, is going to comprise the first few days after your wedding. You HAVE TO make sure nothing goes wrong―from the start, until the end, it has to be beautiful.

It is advised that you start planning for your road trip well in advance. As a couple, both of you have to be prepared for it. A road trip demands patience and determination. If even one of the two can’t put up with it, it’s going to lead to fights and maybe, even sickness. If both of you have agreed on this journey―probably your first as a married couple―it’s time we get down to business.

To Be or Not To Be Spontaneous?

Be spontaneous, not careless.
Spontaneity is welcomed, but let it not be mistaken for carelessness. Don’t be completely clueless about what you want to do. Know the places you want to see, the days you want to spend at a particular location, etc. What you can leave for later is where you’re going to stay, what you’re going to do there or see, and perhaps, how much you’re planning to spend at a particular destination. If you leave everything for later, you’ll waste all your time planning your trip, instead of enjoying it.

To Rent a Car or Take Your Own?

Prefer renting a car to allow yourself flexibility.
It is always better to rent a car. If you are covering several landscapes in this trip, you probably cannot have a car suitable for each. Thus, rent. It might increase your costs, but will definitely save you a lot of trouble. There may be areas where you might even consider hiring a bike. If you’re planning a road trip in another country (countries), you must have an International Driving Permit (IDP). If you don’t have one, make sure you get one as soon as possible. Last but not the least, make sure you rent a car that both you and your spouse can drive. Cars in Europe usually work on manual transmission. Call a rental company in advance, and explain your requirements. For travel through multiple states, always rent a car from a company that has presence in those states. This will prove helpful even if your car breaks down en route.

To Select Spots or Destinations?

Prefer spots to save time.
As much as possible, zero in on one-horn towns or cities. This way, when you halt, you can cover everything in a day or two. If you have a city like Paris marked on your route, you’re probably going to need a week there. Cities like these score extremely low on road trip maps. Instead, hunt down spots that can be covered in a one- or two-day halt. There are a lot of unique, remote, and secluded places that don’t make it to travel magazines. You’ll find information about these on the Internet though. However, make sure you don’t choose something too secluded, it’s just the two of you. Limit your adventure to the drive this once.

Select a route that both of you want to see. For a lovely, scenic drive, you can choose California’s Pacific Coast Highway. For an adventurous drive, you can select the New Mexico to The Million Dollar Highway, Colorado. For those who want to wander and explore at the same time, national parks such as Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Yosemite are what you should look out for.

To Save or To Splurge?

Don’t spend on things you don’t need.
Road trips are NOT about shopping; they should never be. Don’t spend a single penny on something that you don’t need, or something that you’ll get anywhere else in the world. You can pick up a small keepsake here and there, but that’s about it. If you’re planning a trip through several national parks, you can get the annual pass. This will save you some pennies. Always let ALL the hotels you’re staying in know it’s your honeymoon; you might just be surprised by their hospitality. Also, don’t be too concerned about the accommodation. You will stay in most places only to rejuvenate, and not relax. If it’s safe, it’s fine, however it is.

To Pack Food or Not?

Pack only emergency food.
Packing a little food is your best bet. Don’t pack for the entire trip, but definitely pack things like a little chocolate, energy bars, etc. Convenience store prices are much higher than those at grocery stores. Don’t pack anything that might spoil in a day or two. It will cost you time and money. Keep refilling these few things at every stop, or at places where you find a grocery store. Always pack enough water at every halt, specially if you’re traveling through secluded routes. You don’t want to find yourself dehydrated in the middle of Death Valley.

To See or To Do?

Concentrate on doing things together.
You may find it difficult to decide what you actually want to do. Whether you should visit a famous festival, take part in adventure activities famous in the region, or just take in the marvelous landscape. Instead of just looking at the beautiful scenery around you during your road trip, it is advised that you do things together. This could include taking part in adventure activities, hiking on a certain trail, exploring a certain locale, etc.

To Concentrate on Geography or History?

Take in the best of both worlds.
This is a little dicey, and it really depends on what you want to do. If both of you love wandering through places, talking to people, and discovering newer things about a particular place, you could invest time in knowing about the history of a particular place. For example, visiting the various national parks will be a good option since it will let you hike, discover, see, and stay―all at the same time. However, if you’re not all for discovery, you could probably avoid the interaction, and instead, cover an additional place or two.

To Be Insured or Not?

Prefer an insurance if your road trip is long.
Well … this is a tough one. Travel insurances don’t always cover everything. Some don’t cover the entire amount, some don’t cover all countries, etc. The best thing to do would be to take your itinerary to a travel agent and seek advice. Depending on the places you’re staying at, the routes you’re traveling on, etc., he’ll be able to tell you whether you really need insurance or not. This decision can be taken only and only after your entire plan is ready.

To Rely on Technology or on The Age-Old Diary?

Use as many apps as possible for a well-planned journey.
Though the age-old diary is the safest option, it’s certainly not the best. Today, with so many people taking up so many different forms of travel, technology is being used to make these travels easier. If you don’t want anything to go wrong during your honeymoon, plan it thoroughly with some of the best road trip apps, that will not only make your listing tasks easier, but also provide suggestions, advice, and tips.

To Divide Roles or Not?

Divide roles for a less-tiring trip.
Ideally, the person who isn’t driving should …

… make a list of things to do at the next halt.
… call up respective hotels/resorts to see if what you want to do is possible or not.
… search for a good hotel, talk to concerned people, and book a room (don’t forget to tell them it’s your honeymoon).
… take care of both the cell phones.

And the driver should …

… not be tempted at spots such as wineries, cities such as Las Vegas, and adventurous routes such as those in the Death Valley.
… not, at any point, exceed the speed limit. For God’s sake! You just got married.
… not overdo with the driving. If you feel sleepy, halt somewhere soon, and take a quick nap.
… not take calls, unless extremely urgent.

Last but not the least, if you’re traveling through several countries at once, make sure you’ve taken all the vaccinations. You don’t want to fall sick during your honeymoon road trip.

How to Plan a Road Trip with Children

The winter is almost over, and spring break is upon us. If you’re thinking about taking your family for a fun vacation this spring or summer, consider a road trip. Road trips are great for children because they’ll see more of our great country than they would in a plane. It’s also fun to stop at different landmarks on the way, not only to see the great stuff our country has to offer, but also to stretch your legs and stop and smell the roses. Family time is irreplaceable, so take your time getting to where you’re going. However, with any long trip, there is a chance that kids might get restless. If you travel prepared, though, you’ll have a happy trip.
Road Games
There is a huge variety of games, kids can play while on the road. From trying to find license plates from each state, to singing road trip songs, these classic games can be played with little to no money. If you visit your local bookstore, you can find a section of books that have all of these games in them already. However, if you don’t want to spend the money on these books, you can create them yourself. Find pictures of license plates from different states and collect them together for your kids to see, before they hit the road. You can also grab a CD from your local library that has all the sing-along songs on it for you to enjoy.

Books
For the bookworm in your family, head to your library or bookstore and stock up on books they have always wanted to read. If your kids can read without getting car sick, it’s a great time to practice reading skills and catch up on books they’re excited about. Make sure these are books for fun; let them pick out whatever they want. It is vacation, after all!

Technology
If you’re OK letting your kids use technology on family vacations, let them bring along portable DVD players or game centers. This can keep them occupied and not fighting for hours. However, put a time limit on any technology they use. Nothing is more annoying than trying to talk to your kids, while they are busy texting on their phones or playing games. Maybe allow them to use the technology between certain stops, but no more. Also, be sure you have a rule that, during meals, they cannot use their devices. Family vacation time is time for the family to spend together, not on their separate devices.
Food
Food is the best way to keep kids happy. Children often get hungry before adults do, so keeping several options for snacks on hand can help, keep your kids calm and full. This can also help you save money while on the road by making it, so you don’t have to stop at rest stops or restaurants, where you’re sure to spend a lot of money.
Sleepy Time
Vacations are time to rest up, so let your kids sleep during the car ride if they are able. Bring along pillows and blankets and even some favorite stuffed animals and calming music and let them cuddle up in the back seat – as long as they are still wearing their seat belts, of course! This will not only keep them quiet, but also prevent them from getting crabby due to exhaustion.