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February 26, 2018

What You Need to Pack for a Long Road Trip

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When we think of road trips, we imagine just bundling into the car with nothing but the clothes on our backs and hitting the road. But, we also picture ourselves having fun on our journey, being comfortable and safe and enjoying the experience. Unfortunately, the two don't always go together. Sometimes a fantastic road trip, that's fun and relaxing and where nothing goes wrong, requires a little planning, and a little more packing. Here's everything that you need for a long road trip. 

Music 

No road trip would be complete without quality music. Fortunately, you know longer have a choice between listening to the same CD on repeat for hours at a time or taking your entire CD collection with you. Most cars play music from your phone. So, start putting together your dream road trip playlist, including all of your old favorites as well as some driving classics. You could even make different playlists to suit your mood, the time of day, or where you are along your route. Then you just need to select the right one and enjoy. 

Snacks and Drinks 

Even if you plan to stop along the way to check out roadside eateries and street food, it's a good idea to take a few snacks and drinks with you to keep you going. You may also want to consider some more substantial choices in case you get stuck somewhere. 

Warm Clothes or Blankets 

You may be planning to sleep in motels or camp if your journey is going to take longer than a day. But, it's still a good idea to take blankets and warm clothes, even in a warmer climate, as it can get cooler at night. This is just in case you break down and are stuck for any length of time. 

Your Car Manual 

You should always perform some basic car checks and take it into a garage if there are any issues before your journey. Then, make sure you've got your manual (don't rely on the internet, you may not always have signal or charge) just in case anything goes wrong with your car. Sometimes even the most reliable engines have issues on long journeys. It can also be worth having a look at obd 2 scanners which can help you identify engine issues and fix minor problems yourself. 

A Map 

Most of us use sat nav for long, unknown journeys nowadays. This is fine, just make sure you program it correctly and make yourself familiar with the journey before you head out. But, it's a good idea to also take a map. Satellite navigation isn't always perfect, nor are devices, so having a good old-fashioned back up never hurts. 

Games 

Long road trips can start out relaxing and fun. They can be a chance to get some rest and to catch up with your travel companions. But, they can eventually get quite boring. Especially when you are driving and can't sleep. Games can help pass the time. There are countless car games out there, so remember the games of your childhood and find some new ones.

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February 06, 2018

The Best Ways To Explore A Foreign Land

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If you consider yourself a keen traveller, you are probably also keen to do it in the best way possible. There are many ways to go travelling, and a lot of things to consider in order to get it just right. The truth is that you need to focus on as many of the details as possible if you are to really make the most of it, and more often than not doing so will throw up a huge number of things you need to focus on in order to make the most of your travels. In this article, we are going to look specifically at some of the best ways to get around and explore when you are visiting a foreign country. Consider these options if you are wondering what the best exploration methods might be. 

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Driving 

If you really want to see a country through its back doors, as it were, then you might find it necessary to hire a car and get driving. One of the most important decisions here will inevitably be which car you actually choose to drive around in, as the Ford specs differ to the Subaru Impreza details hugely and you can never be sure you have chosen the right one. You want to ensure you have chosen a vehicle you are comfortable to drive, and which is likely to be reliable enough to drive around in some unknown territory. The last thing you want is to run into trouble with your vehicle in a foreign country, so the choice of car is hugely important. Get it right, however, and you will probably find this to be a fantastic way to explore any new terrain. 

Walking

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional mode of walking. Although you won’t see as much as quickly with walking, that is not to say that it is not an acceptable mode of transportation nonetheless. With walking, you can also see many areas which you cannot even reach in any other ways, and it has the added benefit of being much better for you health-wise too. If you consider yourself to be a keen walker, then why not explore the country of your choice with your feet? You will be able to remain fit while also exploring some of the less-obvious parts of your chosen destination - two great things to achieve while you are on holiday. 

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Touring 

Taking tours given out by knowledgeable locals has to be the ultimate way to go if you want to learn as much as possible about the local area. If you are not on an education trip, then you might not car for this, and you might prefer to do your own thing - but if you are keen to learn a thing or two, then following in the footsteps - literally - of the locals will almost certainly be the way to go. Taking tours can mean that you get a much better sense of a place than you would ever get otherwise, and it is a good way to make the most of the local knowledge.

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