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5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Next Road Trip

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Taking a road trip can be exciting, but it can cause a lot of stress if you don’t plan ahead. Choosing a destination is the first step, but planning ahead — including your stops and budget — helps give you some structure along the way. If you have a road trip in the works, here are a few things to consider before you set your plans in motion.


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5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Next Road Trip

Weather

Road trips often bring unpredictable weather, especially if you’re driving far from home. While you can’t predict the date’s weather (except in LA; it’s probably sunny), consider the seasons and choose your travel date accordingly. If you’re hoping to swim in the ocean when you get to Myrtle Beach, you probably don’t want to go in the middle of March — even if it is warmer than up north.

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Time Off

Vacation time is limited in the working world, so you have to make the most out of every day. If possible, try to plan your road trip around a weekend or another holiday (such as Memorial Day or Labor Day, if you have those days off). You’ll save yourself a vacation day, and you’re more likely to find fun events along the way.

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Events

Speaking of events, try to map out some local activities and events along your route. If you’re a runner, see if there are any races happening in the area. Search online for concerts, comedy shows, sports games, or any other events that spark your interest. Another fun way to plan your road trip is to find one event to attend at your destination and take your time getting there, exploring the different towns along the way.

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Call the Bank

One quick phone call to your bank could save you a huge headache during your trip. In an effort to protect your account, many banks will temporarily freeze your card if they notice suspicious activity; this includes out-of-state transactions. If you’re traveling across state lines and stop for gas, your card may be rejected — and temporarily frozen — until you contact the bank and confirm your purchase. Instead of dealing with it on the road, simply give your bank’s customer service line a call and let them know you’ll be traveling. That way, they’ll be prepared for your purchases and you won’t have to fret during your vacation.

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Car Maintenance

Car trouble is a quick way to ruin a great road trip. Before you hit the road, take your car into the dealership for an inspection. They will be able to check your fluid levels, tires, and look for any warning signs for maintenance problems.

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