Many people may know Gen Zs as tech-savvy and always connected, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a good old-fashioned road trip. Studies show that Gen Zs are already starting their travel plans, with up to 72% of Gen Zs considering spending more on their next trip. This shows just how much spending power this young generation has nd how willing they are to spend this on travel experiences.
If you’re a Gen Z planning a road trip, know that there are ways to make the most out of your road trip.
Choose Between Renting or Bringing Your Car
Since you’re off for a road trip, you have the option to rent or bring your own ride. Renting a car for your road trip can be more convenient and often more economical, especially if you’re not planning to do a lot of driving. It also allows you to try new cars and have someone else worry about maintenance and repairs.
However, one downside of renting a car is that you may have to deal with rental car companies’ age restrictions. Another thing to consider is that you’ll be driving in an unfamiliar vehicle, which can be challenging if you’re not used to it. If you bring your vehicle, ensure it’s in good condition before hitting the road. You don’t want to deal with car trouble in the middle of your trip. It’s also a good idea to bring along a spare tire and some essential tools, just in case you need them.
If you’ve been planning on buying your car, now is the perfect time to go car shopping. Consider your needs and wants, as well as your budget, when choosing the right car for your road trip. For instance, you plan on buying an SUV that you can take to work and on road trips. Consider your budget and make sure to factor in the cost of gas and maintenance.
If you can’t afford a new one, consider second-hand SUVs like a used 4wd SUV. Many dealers sell used SUVs in excellent condition, with minimal mileage, and sold at a fraction of the price. Make sure you buy one from a dealer that prioritizes car inspections, maintenance, and Carfax certifications to ensure you get a quality used vehicle.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
Since you enjoy being online, why not use this to your advantage when planning your road trips and even while you’re on the road? There are lots of technologies that can make your road trip more enjoyable. You only need to prioritize your comfort, safety, and convenience to make the most of your trip.
If you are not sure what devices or apps to use on your road trip, here are some of our suggestions:
- Use your smartphone as a GPS to get to your destination without getting lost. Your phone can also double as a digital map you can reference anytime.
- Download travel apps to help you plan your itinerary, find gas stations and restaurants, and even book hotels.
- If you’re traveling with others, use a group messaging app to stay in touch and coordinate your plans.
- Pack a power bank to keep your devices charged during long drives.
- Bring a portable WiFi hotspot to stay connected in areas with weak or no cell signal.
Plan a Flexible Itinerary
An itinerary is crucial, especially if you want to make the most of your trip and not waste time. This will help you avoid getting lost and missing out on attractions. Planning an itinerary ahead of time will also help you enjoy your road trip more, as you’ll know what to expect and can make the most of your time.
When planning your itinerary, allow some flexibility if you want to make spontaneous stops or detours. When traveling with others, ensure everyone is on board with the plan and that there is a consensus on the route and the activities you’ll be doing. This will help avoid any disagreements or arguments while on the road.
Since you’ll be driving for long periods of time, factor in rest stops and overnight stays. You don’t want to push yourself too hard and end up exhausted. Book your accommodation in advance, especially if traveling during peak season. This will ensure you have a place to stay and won’t have to worry about finding one when you’re tired and ready to call it a night.
When packing for your road trip, be sure to pack light. This will make driving more comfortable and reduce the risk of overloading your vehicle. Bring only the essentials and leave anything that you can live without. If you’re traveling with others, assign each person a bag to ensure you distribute everything equally.
Be sure to pack snacks and drinks for the drive. This will help keep you hydrated and fueled for the journey. It’s also a good idea to pack some blankets, pillows, and a first-aid kit, in case of emergencies.
Don’t forget to bring prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, especially if you’re prone to motion sickness, has allergies, or get car sick quickly. It’s better to be safe than sorry. As for your gadgets, only bring what you need and keep them charged. Nothing is worse than running out of battery in the middle of nowhere.
Last but not least, be sure to bring cash and credit cards. While you may not need them, having a backup plan is always good. You can use these to pay for gas, tolls, and food.
Road trips are a great way to see different parts of the country and bond with your loved ones. However, this can be tricky, especially for young adults going on a road trip for the first time. By following these tips, you can ensure that your road trip is safe, fun, and memorable.