Road Trips – Am I Missing Something? @kia #kiasocialclub

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A few years ago, I experienced my first real ‘road trip’. Together with my husband, daughter, and parents-in-law we drove across the southwest to visit the Grand Canyon and Zion/Bryce Canyon via Las Vegas. We saw breathtaking sites, got some amazing pictures, and really enjoyed each other’s company.

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That is one vacation which will stick with me for a long time. The only drawback? The trip seemed sooooo long! We had a pretty roomy SUV so comfort wasn’t a problem. It’s just that each day consisted of about 4 hours of driving and only staying in the same hotel for 1-2 nights. That had to be the roughest part.

I really enjoy just taking it easy, taking in the sights, and settling in for the night. Yet, during our 7-day trip, we were constantly on the move and either packing or unpacking. It was torture sitting in the car for hours at a time. How did my daughter do? She did better than I did – so typical.

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I’ve been avoiding future road trips but I’m sure I just need to figure out how to enjoy the ride more. What would be your #1 road trip tip for me?

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  1. says

    Rent a cheap car like a Ford Escort via Budget.com and use a BCD #( I have one if you need one) for discounts up to 30%. Renting a car might seem like much, but the wear and tear on your own car might come back to haunt you. I am not a fan of driving my car to far because its how I get to work, so it was money well spent. The Escort has great air conditioning and it’s really good on gas. Drive slow and take in the sites and don’t let you gas go below half a take. It helped make us think we were ahead of the game on what we spent on gas.

    Take a cooler with snacks so you can avoid making pit stops and waste money on tourist traps. Only stop at rest stops to rest and give your legs a break. Sitting in a car for hours will make you go bonkers and stretching will get your energy back. Plan ahead on where you would like to stay overnight to avoid paying any price at a cheap gross hotel. When we go to Utah, we stay in Kanab at the Comfort Inn for the last few years and it’s clean and comfy. Best advice: Sign up for AAA insurance to get the travel benefits. You will be surprised on the price discounts you get when you least expect it.

    Last advice: take a map. If you like traveling down roads-less-traveled you might want to see what nearby parks and lakes are in your surrounding area to take in the beauty of places you might ultimately drive by. We tend to hit the road in our own backyard and in Cali, there are tons of places to see.

    I love road trips! Since you don’t live far from me (sorry we missed each other at SF Expo), I would head up north. We love going up to Redding and ventured up to a small town called, “Burney”. It has been a place I wish I could move to, but their best gem is MacArthur park. They have the most amazing waterfall inside their park and it will take your breathe away. Then you can go back to Redding and check out the Sundial bridge. It’s doesn’t allow cars across, but when you walk on it, it feels like walking on “jelly”.

    After you visit that, head over to Trinity River and do some fishing on the most beautiful like out there. If you ever head up that way, let me know and I can tell you more places to visit. BTW, I took that trip to the Grand Canyon and Zion too, but next time head up a little further to Bryce Canyon. We missed it the first time around and didn’t make that mistake again. Amazing. Glad you had fun!

    • says

      Wow, those are all fantastic tips! Thanks so much for taking out the time to outline that future trip as well. I’ll have to let you know we get to see those sights! Hmm, I guess it’s time to give ‘roadtripping’ another chance :)

  2. says

    Work on your blog while you’re in the car, it’ll make time go a lot faster. :)

    The Grand Canyon sounds like a great vacation. I’d love to get out that way and see the sites.

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