Have you ever thought about taking an epic road trip? With the release of On the Road, a silver screen rendition of Jack Kerouac’s classic novel that defined the Beat Generation, now is the perfect time to take a road trip across the United States. So get some friends together, jump in the car, and live the Beat Generation’s dream.
Before you set off, make sure you plan out your route (more or less) before you go. You should consider whether you want to make a quick trip, like in three or four days, or whether you want to take your time and see the sites. Some people can make the trip in less than a week, while others have taken a whole summer, and they still haven’t seen everything the US has to offer.
Once you know how long you want to spend, you should decide which route you want to take. Do you want to drive along the historic highways, like Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica? Or would you prefer to take more time and travel on the back roads through the sleepy small towns? Do you want to see the north, from Maine to Oregon, with a few side-trips across the border into Canada? Or do you prefer to drive from South Carolina to California, and then turn south to Tijuana? These are things you should consider to help you narrow down your trip plans.
For a road trip, you don’t need to have a complete itinerary, just a rough idea of what direction you’ll be headed. Often, on a road trip people discover sites and attractions they have never heard of before. To find these little-known sites, you can stop at the visitor centers for each state that you visit, where a local representative will give you tips and advice on what to visit.
Make It Happen
Road tripping is one of the most cost-effective ways to see the US, but if you need to raise the funds quickly, you can try a few money-saving and money-making tips. You can see if you can pick up some extra shifts at work, see if your company will let you work remotely from the road, or save money by sticking to a careful budget for a few months. Or, since you’ll be traveling anyway, you can sell your extra stuff on sites like Craigslist, eBay or musicMagpie. All you have to do is take an inventory of what you’re willing to sell and find a site that will let you list it for free online. You can sell just about anything online, but good bets include electronic devices, CDs, DVDs, good quality clothing and footwear, and furniture and homeware.
So grab your friends, jump in the car, and start your epic road trip today! You might just have the adventure of a lifetime.
Photo Credits (Flickr Creative Commons): Roadtrip by Abhisawa