HOW TO PLAN A SUCCESSFUL ROAD TRIP

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Road trips and weekends away are all fun and games when they’re successful. Here are some awesome tips I learnt from a rather disastrous weekend away Isaac and I went on last year. These will have you singing throwback songs instead of being in a huff. 

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Late last year Isaac and I decided we needed a little weekend away. We are not the most organised of people so we booked very last minute and had the mentality ‘we’ll figure it out when we get there’. Off we went to Lorne on a dreary weekend but we were positive and excited to explore the new area.

Now this weekend away was meant to be a relaxing one, and, to me that means hanging around the hotel, eating food and lazing on the beach. Isaac’s idea of a relaxing weekend is going to every landmark, lookout and hike on the map. Opposites attract right??

After being dragged around in the freezing weather and rain I’d had enough. I was soaked, I’d had motion sickness from the crazy roads we didn’t know were coming and spent two hours driving to the 12 Apostles (which were amazing despite the rain). Once we arrived back at the hotel I was tired, cold and ready for some wine.

Here are my top tips I learnt from this particular trip…

1. Plan ahead
This goes for everything, from where in town you’re going to stay, where you’re going to park you car and what activities you’re thinking of doing whilst you’re away. This includes doing grown up stuff like taking out RACV Roadside Assistance because they’re reliable and the last thing I would want is for you to get stuck in a broken down car on the side of the road, in the rain, with no decent tunes whilst your wine is waiting for you back in your hotel room.

2. Know how long it takes to get places
Unlike us who spent 2 and a bit hours driving down the coast looking for the 12 Apostles. Know how much time it takes to get to your destination! Even if it’s a quick Google, at least then you can make an appropriate playlist and pack enough snacks to get you through.. #foodforlyf

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3. Check the weather
Sounds simple but it’s something we didn’t do before leaving and I wish I had. In the above photo, see Isaac’s t-shirt? Yep that WAS light grey before we got caught in the pouring rain. When we left Bendigo it was sunny and hot but by the time we arrived down the coast I was freezing and searching the car for our emergency jumper stash (which was there luckily).

4. Be prepared for the worst
I hate to be Debby Downer but the roads are so unpredictable especially during long weekends like Easter and school holidays. Don’t risk getting yourself all stressed out before the Easter Bunny is due to come. Getting stuck on the road is totally avoidable so really make sure you check out the RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance  before you leave these holidays!

5. Book your restaurants
I know this sounds a little bit cray but when we went to Lorne we struggled getting a table at most of the restaurants because it was so busy. Over Easter and school holidays I imagine other popular tourist destinations would be similar so think ahead and book if you can! Don’t go hungry or have to eat bad Mexican like me #noshamewhenimhungry

6. Know where to get help if you need it
Whether it by knowing your hotel emergency line or where the closest McDonalds is to cure your hangover – know where you can get help when you need it. If you Dad is about as handy as mine at fixing cars (sorry Dad) calling RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance will always be alot quicker and avoid an argument and possible tears for you…

I hope these tips make your holiday’s alot more enjoyable and less stressful for you. Make sure to check out the ‘Heaps More Helpful’ campaign that RACV are running at the moment. The site is super interactive so it’s lots of fun to click around!

Have you had any horrid road trip experiences?

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    A great post! Make sure to have a full tank of petrol and tyres are pumped up. Have a sat nav or map (great when we went to Scotland and pretty much just went with the flow). Lots of in car snacks! I don’t plan that crazily, but I do have an idea of what to do, where to go and create like an almost schedule. Don’t want to be too restrictive. Sometimes surprises for good… and some not. haha. Glad you survived the trip last year!

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    Such a shame you didn’t enjoy Lorne at its best! It is so nice there during the Summer (although quite busy!). Loved reading this post though, it’s sounds like something that would happen to me and my boyfriend haha x

    The Sunday Chapter

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      Haha it’s funny to look back on now but I definitely didn’t enjoy myself at the time. I definitely want to get back there in the summer :) x

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    Planning ahead is definitely key! And maybe backup options if one of the places is closed or something. My friends and I are planning one for hopefully end of the year, and I’m really looking forward to it! Never been on a road trip before :P

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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