10 Tips for Spur-of-the-moment Road Trips


Choose the Right Travel Partner

Do you have a friend or family member who drives you nuts? Maybe she chews with her mouth open, or sings out-of-tune to every song that comes on the radio. You can't stand being around her for even a few minutes -- why would you want to bring her along on a long car trip?

Even people you really like -- if not love -- can get annoying when you're stuck in a small car together for hours on end. That's why it's so important to choose your travel companion wisely.

Ask yourself these questions before you choose your travel buddy:

  • Have you spent time alone with this person, and did you enjoy it?
  • What annoying habits does this person have, and will those habits drive you crazy if you are in close proximity for too long?
  • How are this person's hygiene habits? Is she the shower-a-day type, or the "I'll-shower-when-I'm-dirty-enough" type?
  • Do the two of you share the same budget goals? Is she eating at four-star restaurants when you can only afford fast food?
  • If you were stuck on a deserted island with this person, would you have a great time, grin and bear it -- or try swimming for shore through shark-infested waters?

Although it may sound strange, doing a trial run can save you from having a really awful vacation. Offer to take your prospective travel companion to a restaurant that's an hour away, and see how well the two of you do together in the car. If you're anxiously watching the clock the whole time, pick another travel partner.