April 17, 2021

Tricks to Help You Plan and Enjoy a Solo Trip of a Lifetime

Because trips to exotic destinations have been delayed and large gatherings discouraged by governments all over the world, it looks like we should consider the alternatives. Road trips are common, but we tend to take them with our friends. Sadly, with the pandemic still being very here and very real, we have to compromise and improvise, which often means we have to rely solely on ourselves. If you’re tired of waiting for the stars to align so that you and your friends can go on an adventure together, you should instead plan a solo road trip. Here’s how:


Be as selfish as you want
Going on a trip with friends and family means that you constantly have to think about other people’s feelings and needs in addition to your own. You have to plan additional bathroom and snack breaks, pull over at roadside attractions even if they aren’t exactly what interests you, and sometimes listen to music that isn’t exactly your favorite. On the other hand, when going solo, you can focus on YOU – your wants and needs alone. Take a break whenever you want to eat all the snacks that you love, listen to your favorite playlists that include your guilty pleasure songs and artists, and go as fast or as slow as you want. 


Make sure your car is reliable
Before you head out “into the wild” on your own, you have to make sure that your vehicle is reliable and in good condition. Even if you’re not exactly a typical hot rod lover, installing one of those powerful race motors will ensure that not only your car sounds good but that it’s ready to hit the road too. Double-check the electronics, tire pressure (including the spare), filters, oil, and air conditioning because you want your solo trip to be as smooth as possible. Spending long hours at a car repair shop or mechanic’s garage when you could be enjoying the scenery doesn’t sound fun at all. 


Take loads of photos
So you might not be the person who loves taking dozens of selfies whenever you leave your home, but you should really make an effort to take a lot of photos on your solo trip. This time, there won’t be that one friend whose camera is always ready, you won’t be able to ask your sister to take a cute photo of you, and you will have to rely on yourself. Try to take photos of simple things like leaves, flowers, and funny license plates, but you can also get a tripod and take photos of yourself. By the end of the trip, you’ll likely know your angles, get more familiar with your phone or your camera, and perhaps even discover your new passion. 


Pack some snacks
We did say that this trip is about you being selfish and doing what you want, but it doesn’t mean you should forget about your health. Buying snacks at gas stations is convenient, but combined with sitting for a long time, it can be very bad for your stomach. This is why you should also pack some healthy snacks before you start your trip. Our advice is to pack a mini cooler with snacks, drinks, and ice because this way, you can drive longer and stay alert while you snack. Guac packets, PB&J sandwiches, carrots, apples, and celery, and lots of water or lemonade are recommended. If you think you might get too tired, an energy drink or two should be of help as well. Always have in mind the important travel tips like researching the area before going, keeping your travel credentials and cash in different places and packing light.


Hitting the open road with family and friends sounds amazing, but sometimes it’s impossible to coordinate a group of people with unsteady schedules in the midst of a pandemic. This is why solo road trips have been gaining popularity these months, and for a good reason. You will not have to worry about others, and instead, you can be as ‘selfish’ as you want. Remove yourself from other people’s agendas and focus on your own for a change – you will enjoy the solitude and the freedom and, who knows, this might even become your new tradition. 

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