Most people travel around the world through the air because it is the most convenient and efficient way of reaching far destinations. However, for some people, traveling is not just an activity but also a challenge to themselves, as they want to experience every bit of the areas they are passing through. They take the daring option of taking a road trip to cut across continents.
Today, if you are planning to take on the challenge of a roadtrip across Europe, America, Africa or Asia, below are some of the tips to consider beforehand:
Taking a roadtrip across a continent is neither a few days nor a week’s event. You will probably take a few months to visit all the selected areas as you progress with your journey. If you are a working person, schedule a few months to be off the office or if you are comfortable you can take work with you, thanks to the technology. Also make sure that your finances are in order to last you those months in terms of meals, accommodations, fuel, and other miscellaneous needs. Research and understand the best continental route to take and some of the rules and regulations to take into consideration along the way.
Choose Your Car Well
If you do not have a car, the first thing to consider is noting down what is important to you during this journey. Do you want comfort and luxury or are you seriously considering budget travel? Another thing to consider is the route you will be using, whether you will need an SUV or a regular car. If you plan to sleep in your car at some point, consider a car that has enough space or has removable seats. Since it’s a long journey cutting across a continent, ensure that your car has enough mileage and is in proper working condition to avoid road drama in the process.
Check The Rules of the Road
Make sure that you are fully insured before beginning your journey. You are bound to experience a lot of road hurdles along the way, from police patrols to the inevitable car problems. Make sure that you find out what each country requires you to have in your car and adhere to the requirements. In some countries, it is considered illegal to sleep in the car due to safety reasons or it is the general country road use rule.
Go With Friends and Family
There is nothing as boring as taking a road trip alone. If you are going to travel for several months, invite friends and family with similar interest to accompany you. Furthermore, you will save a lot of your energy driving as you will be alternating along the way. You will also get to save a lot of money as you will have pulled funds together to make the trip a success.
Carry Enough Water and Snacks
Many are times that you will find yourself driving for long hours on open roads in the middle of nowhere with no social amenities on site. The snacks and water will give you the energy to keep going and experience great sceneries in the process.
Plan for the Unknown
You may find yourself in interesting situations as you go on your journey and that may mostly involve your car or country laws. Be prepared to work out an exit strategy if found in such positions. Ensure that you carry your phone with you in case the situation gets complicated and you need to call someone.