Taking a road trip to see your favorite band or to see your grandparents for Christmas allows you to leave the monotony of life behind for a few days. However, you will need to spend some time planning your trip to make sure it goes smoothly. What should you plan for before leaving home?
What Happens to the Mail and Newspaper Delivery?
If you are going to be gone for more than a couple of days, it may be a good idea to have your mail kept at the post office. You can pick it up whenever you come home or ask that it be delivered at a later date. Cancelling the newspaper avoids having clutter on your driveway while also a potential security hazard that can occur if people notice that no one is home to pick up their paper.
Who Will Take Care of the Animals?
Those who own pets will need to arrange for their care. This may be done by dropping them off with a friend or family member or having someone stop by the house to feed or walk them. It may also be possible to leave them with a kennel or take them with you to your destination.
Book Your Flight, Car and Hotel in Advance
Generally, flights cost less when you book them far in advance. They also are generally cheaper during weekdays or during overnight hours. These are all things that you should keep in mind when planning when you will leave and come back from your trip. Booking a car and hotel room in a bundle with your flight may help you save money on all of them. Finally, using a credit card to make your reservation offers fraud protection as well as possibly helping you to earn rewards points or other perks.
Bring a Credit or Prepaid Card with You
When traveling to other countries or to remote areas of the United States, you can’t assume that there will be an ATM around. This means that you may not be able to rely on cash to pay for your purchases. Therefore, make sure that you have a credit card or prepaid debit card that is accepted at the majority of hotels or restaurants where you will be traveling.
How Much Will You Budget for Discretionary Spending?
Don’t forget to budget some cash to buy a t-shirt, hat or some other souvenir from your trip. If you are short on cash and want to make money fast, you may be able to get a temporary second job or ask for overtime at your current job to pad your vacation fund. Online surveys or freelance work may also help you earn money in a hurry just before your trip.
When you take the time to plan ahead, a road trip can be a fun experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. When you get back, you will be relaxed and ready to jump back into work, school or whatever other responsibilities you are used to taking care of.