Road trips are awesome, especially if you can get your hands on a camper van or an RV. You can take anything you want with you, you save hundreds of dollars on hotels and food and you can take a break from other activities anytime you want. But even the most comfortable road trip can get stale. Time on the road can get monotonous, even a great RV starts feeling like you’re roughing it after a while and you can really start craving the company of people other than the ones you’re traveling with.
You don’t have to choose between a road trip vacation or something else though. Why not combine a great road trip with another option or several for that matter. Here are a few ideas to change things up on your next adventure on the road.
Change Your Mode of Travel
Even if you are driving through the most beautiful locations, time on the road can get tiresome after a few days. Why not consider exchanging your RVs for cruise ships? Set up your road itinerary so that you end the driving portion of your vacation at a port and book yourself a few days on a roundtrip cruise. You can go from the down-to-earth, hands-on fun of a road trip to the luxury and elegance of a cruise on the same vacation.
Spend a few days enjoying great food, fantastic entertainment, comfortable staterooms and lazy afternoons next to the pool; not to mention exploring whatever ports of call that come along. Once you return to your van or RV, you can continue to extend the vacation by choosing to explore a completely different route back home. That’s two road trips and a cruise all in one vacation. That’s a lot of bang for your buck!
Add Some Luxury
Road tripping has a definite rustic vibe that isn’t always popular with the whole family or at least not for days on end. Compromise with the luxury seekers in your party by taking a road trip with an end destination that will fulfill all their swanky desires.
You could choose a resort hotel, elegant bed and breakfast or a spa getaway as your posh break. Even the most fastidious member of your group will be happy to take the backroads, camp out under the stars or hike the backwoods if they know that something much grander is on the horizon. And be honest, after a couple of days behind the wheel of a big rig, doesn’t a nice massage sound good to you too?
Renew Your Spirit
Make a road trip more than just fun and adventure by adding some personal growth or spirituality to it. Bring the family together by booking some time in an outdoor team building or family bonding facility. You’ll have a lot of fun engaging in challenging team-building activities like ropes courses or rafting trips and learn valuable skills that will strengthen your relationships in the future.
How about taking your road trip in the direction of the nearest meditation or yoga retreat. You’re probably on vacation to let go of the stress of everyday life, what could help you do that more than time spent in beautiful surroundings learning to connect with your spirit and calm your soul.
If you are road tripping with people of a like mind, what about booking some time in the middle of your trip to indulge in a shared interest? You could book a 3-day course in glassblowing. How about stopping at a food and wine festival to learn more about culinary arts? You can even feed your love for Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy by attending a regency weekend event or an immersive Jane Austen experience.
Change things up on your next road trip by extending and expanding it by linking it to a cruise, adding variety with a bit of luxury or taking part in a personal or spiritual immersion weekend. You don’t have to choose between taking a road trip or doing something else. With a little planning, a great road trip can give you the best of both worlds.