Road trips are as much a part of holiday activities for many Americans as turkey and presents – and in some places, making snowmen and sledding.
But planning ahead for your road trip can make a big difference in whether you merely endure hours in a cramped vehicle or actually enjoy the ride and arrive at grandma’s house bursting with holiday spirit.
Here’s what travel expert Samantha Brown, host of several Travel Channel shows, writes on her website:
“There are two kinds of road trips. Those where you enjoy the ride and have no particular timetable and the road trips where you have a long way to go and not a lot of time to get there. As much as I enjoy the first kind of trip, holiday travel almost always falls under the second category.”
So make a list and check it twice to be sure your road trip is a nice way to begin and end the holidays. To help with your road trip planning, we’ve put together a colorful infographic, “Holiday Road Trip – A dozen great ways to prepare for an automobile adventure,” that captures some of the best advice available on ensuring that your holiday road trip doesn’t turn into a family ordeal.
“With a little prep, you can leave the road-trip stress at home and enjoy the holiday,” advises AAA.