(BPT) - It’s the great American summer travel tradition: the road trip. Whether you stay close to home or take off for a coast-to-coast jaunt, there’s no better way to enjoy the experience of travel as much as the destinations you visit. But a truly great road trip doesn’t just happen – it takes good planning and the right gear.
When you pull out the map to plot your route, start thinking of ways to make this road trip easier and more fun than any you’ve ever done before. Make sure everyone gets involved in the planning stage, from mom and dad to the youngest kids, so that each family member feels like they’re contributing and putting their own spin on the trip.
Before the big departure day arrives, pick out some great playlists, get some on-the-go snacks and give the car a thorough tuneup. That way, when you’re ready to hit the road, you’ll be doing it in style (and safety).
While planning will set the right tone for the trip, your on-the-road travel style can make your trip even more memorable. Keep these tips in mind to make your trip the ultimate road experience.
* Save smart: One of your biggest expenditures on a road trip will be gas, so keeping your budget in check means looking for the best deals at the pump. Luckily, you don’t have to drive to every gas station in town, or wait to see if the price is better at the next exit. Using the YP Local Search & Gas Prices app, you can find location-specific information about the best gas prices nearby, along with directions for how to get there. Even if it’s a savings of a few cents per gallon, it can really add up – and leave more money for fun.
* Get local: One of the greatest things about visiting new places is getting a taste of the local culture. Whether that means digging into a slice of the famous pie at the best diner in town or picking up your morning java at the mom-and-pop coffee shop, you’ll get a more in-depth experience by trying out one-of-a-kind local favorites. Use your smartphone and the YP app to discover all the favorite neighborhood spots.
* Find extra fun: You can’t plan for everything – and in fact, you shouldn’t. Leave some room for improvisation and adding some unexpected adventures to the itinerary. When you’re in uncharted territory, make the most of a smartphone search to discover local boutiques, gift shops, museums and more. The places you never knew existed might just end up being the most memorable experiences on the trip.
There’s nothing that captures the carefree spirit of summer quite like a road trip. Plan well ahead of time and travel smart and you’ll have a trip that everyone will remember for years to come. For more great road trip inspiration, visit www.YPmobile.com.