When it comes to cars, trucks, vans, and other automobiles, there’s a lot these mechanical marvels have to offer. We tend to associate a set of wheels with freedom, and for good reason. Learning to drive and getting your first car is kind of like a baby bird learning to free. The world just sort of opens up to you for the first time. However, it quickly becomes a matter of necessity, as our modern world is structured around having a car, so the freedom you once felt soon becomes just another of the many trappings of modern life. However, your ride still has freedom to offer you, if you’re willing to seek it out. Having your own wheels is essential not only for getting to work and/or school, but also for travel, and it’s with that latter point in mind that I present to you the ultimate in post necessity freedom: the road trip.
Road trips are at once a time honored tradition and an under rated kind of vacation. Despite the cultural significance of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” road trips are not the ubiquitous form of recreation you’d think they would be. However, road trips have a lot to offer the driver in need of a reminder of the freedom his or her ride represents. That said, a road trip demands some planning, despite the fast and loose nature of the trip, itself. Here are some tips on how to plan successfully
First and foremost, you’ll need to make sure your car is in good enough condition to make the trip. This is crucial, as you don’t want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere, and the thing about road trips is that you’re going to spend a lot of time in the middle of nowhere. Therefore, you’re going to want to have your car examined and repaired, or do both yourself if you can. In a similar vein, you’re going to need to make sure you have plenty of money. Have some cash on hand, just in case, as well as credit or debit cards. However, having a backup plan just in case is vital, such as a contact who can wire you money via Western Union or PayPal. This will ensure that if you didn’t bring enough money, you’ll still have a safety net to get you back home. Cell phones are another must, as in the above situation, you’d need to be able to contact someone for help, and the same logic applies if your car breaks down or any number of emergencies.