The Do’s and Don’ts of Planning a Road Trip Abroad
More people are about to go on a road trip this year. A survey reveals that over 60 percent of individuals are planning to travel over 500 miles in a car or RV.
Road trips are perfect for those who want to travel on a budget. They’re also a great way to re-energize, recharge and refresh, enabling you to get away from everyday stressors.
Before taking to the road, it’s important to know the rules to live by to ensure your safety, especially if you’re planning a road trip in another country.
Here are the do’s and don’ts for planning a road trip abroad.
Do Get the Necessary Permits
When you’re road-tripping close to home, one of the most important things that you have to do is secure a new or used vehicle that will enable you to have a safe and smooth drive across the country.
If you’re going on an international road trip, you’ll need more than the right car to ensure the best travel experience.
You’ll also need the proper permits so you’ll be allowed to drive in a foreign country. If you’re in Europe, South and Central America, and the United States, you’ll need an International Driving Permit.
To get one, you must be 18 years old with a current and permanent driver’s license. Once you have your IDP, you’ll be able to rent a car from any car rental company in your chosen destination.
Don’t Forget to Bring a Map
Part of the fun of an international road trip is making unexpected discoveries along the way. However, it’s also quite easy to get lost when you’re in a foreign country.
Make sure to rent a car with a GPS, but do bring an actual map and a marker so you can find your way around just in case the GPS stops working properly.
You can also download a wayfinding app on your phone as a backup.
Do Check Out Underrated Destinations
It’s tempting to spend most of your time in major cities when you’re road-tripping abroad, but for a better experience, try checking out nearby underrated destinations.
For instance, if you’re in France, don’t spend all of your time in Paris. There are a lot of small towns near the City of Light where you can get some fresh air and see a different side of France.
Check out Fontainebleu, where you can see the Chateau de Fointenebleu, which is one of the most beautiful castles in the country. You can also head to Moret-sur-Loing if you’re interested in medieval towns and outdoor activities.
It all depends on what type of things capture your interest. Do your research so you can properly map out a route that would take you to the sights and attractions that you want to see on your trip.
Don’t Hesitate to Try the Local Food
Sampling local foods is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen destination.
Plan on eating at restaurants, going to food truck parks, and visiting food fairs while you’re on a road trip.
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If you have food sensitivities or allergies, Google the ingredients of the food that you want to try so you can stay safe and healthy while you’re on the road.
Going on a road trip is one of the best ways to travel this year.
Consider these tips if you’re going on an international road trip to stay safe, have a smooth traveling experience, and have a great time while you’re abroad.
Do you have any tips for planning a road trip abroad?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.