Hope everyone is having a fun weekend! It is nice spring weather here in New Zealand, showers off and on all day, but overall a nice day. Our afternoons lately have been dominated by planning a road trip! We only have 5 more days on the farm, before our trip really begins! We have 8 days between WWOOFing gigs, so we are planning a road trip to the Far North of New Zealand or Te Tai Tokerau, as it is known to the Mauri. We are excited to finally get out and explore! Hopefully we will have good weather so we can get out on the beach, hike, and kayak!
As much fun as a road trip is planning one can be pretty stressful. Over the years I have come up with some strategies that help plan a great road trip!
Either buy or check out from your library a guidebook for where you are heading. Guidebooks are great! Not only do they tell you the top sites, restaurants, hotels, ECT. They often itineraries planned out that you can work off of. I love these because it lets you know how much can be done in a day. I also love guidebooks with pictures such as Insight Guides, to help get you jazzed about something you may have little background knowledge on.
Once I have read about the area we are traveling to in the guidebook, I go online and explore the area via local travel websites, tripadvisor, social media, travel blogs, ECT. I also take this time to book things in advance, such as rental cars, hikes (for here in NZ), activities, and hotels.
Is it just me, or are maps going out of style? In the age of IPhones and GPS I rarely see people using maps. But a map is essential! I can stare at a map all day; that being said I usually take a good long look at a map of where we are headed, to see what’s around. Maps can inform you what recreational opportunities are around your area; these often come in handy when looking for a campground, picnic area, or a beach.
First write down what the main attractions you want to see on your trip. Then go and do a loose day-by-day itinerary. I usually leave plenty of time each day for spontaneous adventures or just a relaxing afternoon.
What was the funnest road trip you have been on?
How do you plan a road trip?</strongFollow my blog with Bloglovin