My husband and I just spent the last two weeks on an absolutely amazing road trip through the best small towns in Arizona. It was a BLAST! We visited so many fantastic places and met the best people! And the FOOD!
Two weeks is actually a long time for a road trip.
Especially, when you consider the amount of money you would have to spend on food and a decent place to stay.
So, I’ve come up with an awesome list of Best Road Trip Tips that you will LOVE!
#1 Tip: Pack everything and then… cut it down to at least half!
Remember, you’re a Traveler, not a tourist. Tourists over-pack and bring things that they will never use throughout the course of their trip. Don’t be that Tourist!
Pack Smart. Pack Light. The last thing you want to do is weigh yourself down so much that you can’t even make it to your destinations!
2. YOUR BACKPACK BUDGET
Backpack budget? What does that mean?
While you’re packing your clothes and toiletries, keep in mind that you have to fit all of it into one backpack.
Now imagine walking around town with it on your back… Tired just thinking about it?
Then you’ve already packed too much! Remember, the #1 Tip!
When I say “budget”, what I mean is, how much can you afford to carry?
Minimalism is key.
3. THINK MULTI-FUNCTIONAL
As a general rule, don’t bring anything that could only be paired with one other item of clothing, or could only be worn on one type of occasion.
For example, I never go anywhere without my Sarong, because I can use it for so many things:
A dress, a skirt, a scarf or head wrap, a blanket, a pillow, a makeshift laundry bag, etc… Like I said, “so many things”.
I’m talking about things like extra bags and jewelry, Ladies! You don’t need ’em. When I travel, I bring a pair of sunglasses and a hat.
That’s it, because it’s all I ever really need. Remember, if you’re wearing a lot of extra stuff, you’re going to be the perfect payday for pickpockets!
When traveling, my biggest expense it usually food. Experiencing the Local eats is part of the Journey!
But, you don’t want to spend too much money on food for this trip. So, Plan out your eating ahead of time. You’re going to be packing most of your food for this trip.
So, pick things that have a longer shelf life and try to cut down the number of things that need to stay cold.
If you decide that you want to eat out a time or two, here are some of my personal tips!
MY FOODIE FILTER
Check Yelp.com for Restaurants in the area(s) you’ll be traveling through. When choosing from those restaurants use these filters.
- ASK THE LOCALS: I know I just said to “plan ahead”, but sometimes you just have to go to the source to get the best experience. Trust me, the locals know everything about their town and they love to talk about it! If you want the best tasting food in town, they’re your go-to Foodies!
- PRICE RANGE & REVIEWS: Yelp.com uses dollar signs ($) to rate a restaurants price range. I usually try to stay in the $ or $$ range when I go out. Also, I always look at reviews. Yelp is great because it gives you an overall star rating system (1-5 stars). I won’t go anywhere that has 3 stars or less. It’s not because I’m a snob. It’s because I like good food and I want to have the best experience when I travel!
- HAPPY HOUR: If you can, eat out during Happy Hour (if they have one). Most places will have awesome prices during their Happy Hour and some even have free appetizers!
- APPETIZERS & TAPAS: Dinner at home is very Asian influenced. We always share our food from one central plate (and we sit on large pillows around a very low table…) This rarely changes when we eat out. We almost always order appetizers to share, because we get to enjoy the widest variety of foods at the best prices!
Where you sleep will depend on two things:
- The length of your trip (because no one can afford hotels for three weeks)
- Your Budget
But, the good news is that you have so many options! Hotels, motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Hostels, Couch Surfing, Camping, or your car!
Personally, when I’m traveling on a budget, I camp. It’s the cheapest option (sometimes free) and my favorite!
A Few Awesome Resources:
Before I travel, I look up Festivals and Events in the areas that I’ll be traveling through. I promise,You will be surprised at the number of free events you’ll find!
TripAdvisor.com is fantastic for finding a ton of things to do!
Use thingstodo.expedia.com for vacation ideas and things to do around the world!
If you love these Travel Tips and want to read more check out CONNECTING WITH THE LOCALS: A Traveler’s Guide!