The weather is chillier, the streets are laden with vibrant crimson leaves, and the air just has that intoxicating aroma of romance and adventure – a perfect time for a road trip with your loved ones! Yes, the fall season bears many gifts for the modern traveler, among which discounts, excellent sightseeing weather, and shopping around town with a pumpkin-spice latte in your hand are just some of the delights that await on the road!
With a map of your must-see destinations in your backpack and a pack of family members just waiting to set sail, the time is better than ever to take on a fall road trip of a lifetime. Here’s what you need to know.
Finding your place under the stars
Until a decade ago, hotels and hostels were dominating the travel industry – because tourists didn’t know any better and vacation rental owners didn’t know how to market their properties right. But all of that is a thing of the past, and nowadays vacation rentals are some of the most highly sought-after accommodation options in the world.
And unsurprisingly so, as these properties offer the distinct feeling of home you would get nowhere else, especially not in a commercial setting such as a hotel chain. Staying at a local place, in the heart and soul of the city, or renting a lodge somewhere ways away from the rest of the civilization is truly an unforgettable experience – don’t miss the opportunity to find your place under the stars in a setting so reminiscent of home.
Leave the stress behind
One of the biggest reasons people take vacations is, of course, to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; to leave the troubles in the wind and shed the stress of everyday life back home. Even though these small escapades last only a few days, they have the power to restore mental and psychological well-being, and help you come back home a changed human being.
When you have kids, though, taking such an escapade more than once a year becomes an imperative, rather than an option. A fall road trip is the perfect way to achieve all of the above, and so much more. This is a unique opportunity to reconnect with your loved ones, breathe new life into your relationship with your significant other, and become the cool, chill parent your kids know and love once more. In order to achieve this though, you will need to plan your road trip right.
Traverse the great unknown
Planning a road trip is a fun and rewarding task, and the best part is that the entire family can be a part of the process. Make sure everyone has a say in creating your itinerary and roadmap, marking the sightseeing spots they want to see on the road. You can start by pinning your main destinations such as cities, and then plan the detours and rest stops along the way.
This will inevitably be a lengthy trip, and you will have plenty of long hours of driving ahead, so be sure to take all safety precautions into consideration, and work to make the upcoming trip as comfortable as possible. To achieve this, you can check out vehicles like these that are purpose-built for such escapades. The vehicle you choose should be able to traverse various terrains and allow you to have plenty of safe fun crossing natural gems on the road.
Plan the outdoor activities
A fall road trip is just perfect for those scenic nature drives, outdoor exploration, as well as camping. This is your golden opportunity to witness Mother Nature in all its glory, minus the sizzling heat and the incessant mosquitoes.
To keep spirits high and your kids interested, you can plan out many a fun outdoor activity, ranging from educational ones such as fishing or setting up camp, to woodland exploration and outdoor games. All you need is camping equipment, plenty of marshmallows to roast over the fire, and a whole lot of imagination.
Visit the bustling urban hotspots
A road trip doesn’t just mean traversing the natural wonders of the country – it also means discovering the urban wonders and the unique way of life that permeates every city on the map. So pick a few city destinations you can definitely manage with the time you have at your disposal, or pick just one urban gem that you’re going to explore for the entirety of your trip. Without a doubt, this will be an unforgettable experience imbued with love, laughter, and an enchanting sense of wonder.
The fall season is truly a special time of the year. Before the show has started to fall, and before the Christmas carols have begun to chime on every corner, fall is the time to take your family for a memorable trip before the year is over.
About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
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Robert Zunikoff @rzunikoff