By Jessica Russo
While some people have their heart set on a road trip, others may be skeptical. Am I ready to drive in another country? Will I be able to read road signs? What if I have to drive on the other side of the road?! Hey, you- take a deep breath. You're not the only one who feels anxious about self-drive vacations. It's normal!
With today's technology, (yes, we mean GPS), road trips have gotten a lot easier. Type in your destination, and hit the road! Here's why we love self-drive vacations; and we hope you will, too.
Explore at your own pace
Self-drive vacations grant you the potential to see a lot. With free range to roam far and wide, it can feel like there's a lot of ground to cover. Whereas escorted tours usually run on strictly timed schedules, self-drive vacations run at your own pace. If you're the type of traveler who loves jam-packed days, by all means, go for it! If you're a more relaxed traveler who prefers leisurely immersing yourself in day-to-day culture, put the car in park and lay low. With a self-drive vacation, you're on nobody's watch but your own.
Comfort and privacy
Let's admit it- cars are for more than just driving. They're for eating when you order a meal to go, they're for changing into a swimsuit when you pass a pretty lake - they kind of turn into homes on the road. In a car, you don't have to worry about other people on a bus or a train, just you, your travel partner, and the open road.
Freedom and flexibility
When you have your own car, you call the shots. You're the one who chooses what sites to see, which towns to visit, where to eat, and when to do it all. Let's say there's a city you reeeeally want to visit, but your GPS says it'll take 5 hours to get there. A self-drive vacation is one of the only times you'll be able to say, "let's just go for it."
Off the beaten path stops
Sometimes, the best memories take place in the most unexpected places. Take the scenic route and find cute farmstands, hidden beaches, quaint shops, and inviting restaurants! When you get that urge to pull over and explore, don't hesitate. Who knows what you might find!
Stories to tell
Any and every vacation will leave you with stories to tell, but there's something about a road trip that makes stories a little more special. For years, you'll find yourself reminiscing about the time you stopped in a small town to use a restroom and you unexpectedly came across one of your favorite restaurants - or something like that. The uniqueness of a self-drive vacation is that you are in the driver's seat, writing new chapters as you roam!