Going on a road trip is a great way to experience the different sights, sounds, and tastes of various cities, provinces, or towns along the way. Moreover, it’s a smart way to get some fresh content for your social media feed, and with 77 percent of Filipino travelers prioritizing Instagrammable destinations for their travels, there’s no better way to get some awesome pictures than by going on the road. But don’t let the memories live on only in your social media pages– your trip should benefit you spiritually and emotionally, and it should rejuvenate your existing relationships as you share the experience with your good friends. If you’re planning a road trip with your besties, here’s how you can make your trip more memorable for everybody.
Travel Tips for a Memorable Road Trip with Friends
1. Have a plan, but be flexible
Mapping out your road trip ensures that you get to maximize your time on the road, and it also enables you to visit notable destinations during your trip. However, certain events can change your plans, so everyone should be open to sudden detours or stopovers on your road trip. For instance, a trip to Batangas City could mean forgoing the STAR tollway in favor of a detour to Tagaytay for lunch, and maybe an hour or so at any of the beaches in Nasugbu before heading to your ultimate destination. Everyone should be on the same page on how fixed or spontaneous the road trip plan is going to be to avoid arguments on the road.
2. Get the right vehicle
When planning a road trip with your buddies, one of the first things that you have to do is to secure the essentials, such as your vehicle. Decide whose vehicle you’ll be using for the trip and chip in accordingly to cover gas, toll payments, and other car maintenance costs before your road trip. For a smoother driving experience and a better time on the road for everyone, opt to use a luxury car or an SUV with plenty of legroom and an overhead rack for belongings. Add-ons such as a built-in GPS and screens for watching movies can also improve your road trip and make it more safe and fun. You should also assign drivers and agree on the length of time that one has to spend behind the wheel before switching seats with another driver. Doing all of these ensures everyone’s safety and a reduced risk of car-related accidents or mishaps. Remember that the more hassle-free your trip is, the more rewarding and memorable it is for everyone involved.
3. Preserve your travel memories
Other than the photos for your ‘gram, there are other ways to document your travel memories– just use all your senses while you’re on your trip. For instance, if you’re road tripping in the Bicol region, forget all about your diet and taste the unique food that is the specialty of the province, such as the kinalas (noodle soup topped with shredded beef) or laing pizza in Naga City, or the cheese-topped halo halo or chili ice cream in Legazpi City. Having a playlist specifically for your road trip can also be a great way to remember all the good times that you had with your buddies. Lastly, have everyone take videos of all the places you went to, then once you get home, assign someone to edit it into a mini movie so you can look back at your road trip memories anytime you want.
A road trip is one of the best ways to spend time with your friends in a meaningful way. Try these tips for a more memorable road trip, and have a great time traveling with your favorite people.