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5 Pro-Tips to Inspire Your Next Road Trip

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A lot of people abide by the idea that a vacation is as much about the journey as it is about the destination.

 

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With the right tools, getting to your destination can be just as fun as the trip itself. Here are five ways to hack the road for happy travel.

1. Maximize travel comfort.

When you travel by car, take the right steps to make your road trip extra comfortable.

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What is it about road trips that makes us extra hungry? Stock up on your favorite sweet and savory snacks to make sure you’re prepared for any craving.

And of course, we all know the most important element for any road trip is making sure you have a killer soundtrack. Make a playlist that everyone can enjoy, and download your favorite podcast to keep things interesting.

2. Hack how you get there.

Whatever your chosen form of locomotion may be, taking precautionary steps can make your experience less stressful and way more fun.

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Since driving is the way to go, consider exploring options such as hyper-specific ride-sharing services or apps such as Roadtrippers and TV Food Maps that offer unique places to stop on your trip. These assets can make the ride itself an adventure.

3. Bring an empty water bottle.

Staying hydrated on the road is crucial. Traveling with a reusable bottle is a great way to make sure that your thirst stays quenched. 

It’s important to keep in mind that even mild dehydration can influence one’s mood, energy levels, and ability to focus. Hydration doesn’t have to be a chore — simply pack up your favorite reusable bottle and beverages and enjoy your journey!

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4. Call ahead, then get offline.

Nothing is worse than embarking on a vacation only to run into technical snags at the hands of your bank or phone provider.

There’s an easy solution: Tell them where you are going. Alerting your bank will save you time and money on your trip. Consider bringing cash and using Wi-Fi calling, too. Many service providers can solve these problems on their websites or apps.

Beyond this, get offline. Reverse-engineer the apps you know you’ll use — such as Google Maps, translation services, etc.— that work both with or without an internet connection. This will save you headaches (and data!) abroad.

5. Map your trip by app.

A simple list of places you want to go is so 1999. What do modern travelers do? Make a map.

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Be it Yelp or Foursquare, these apps turn your phone into a veritable concierge. You can make your own lists with friends or crowdsource information with a few easy keystrokes. Planning your trip by phone takes you to a sophisticated fourth dimension that a simple list will never match.