How to Plan The Great Indian RoadTrip
Road trips are awesome. It lets you set your own pace and makes you discover the inner land. Those quirky road signage, dhabas, the food and vistas keep you excited about your next turn. The joy of discovering new places and roads makes your journey most rewarding.
But road trips and not always relaxing, It has its own share of challenges. Here’s how you can plan it so that it becomes an affair to remember. Your Great Indian RoadTrip
1. Know your Travel partner.
Get to know Who will be travelling with you and how comfortable they are travelling long distances by road. If you are travelling with kids or elders, you would probably break the journey in such a way that it’s not so tiring for them.
2. Identify your destination.
The second step is to identify which all places you want to visit, of course it is dependent on your travel partners and their interest.
3. Identify the route.
Take help of Gmaps to identify broader route which you plan to take to your destination.
4. Ask for Road condition.
Ask your friends and family about the route conditions, Join forums such as bcmtouring and team bhp and ask around. People in these forums are very much friendly and will go an extra mile to help you out. Another great tip is join HVK group in Facebook, they are expert, probably Google will fail in front of these people.
5. Read travelogues from fellow travellers.
Don’t just ask but take sometime to go through the travelogues from your fellow travellers. A well written travelogue not just help you to pick some of finer details about the trip like places to see, things to do en route, and other helpful tips but it also gives its reader a feeling if living through their dreams and imagine that’s about to come true.
6. Optimize your route based on feedback.
And then ask again to confirm your drive plan.
7. Plan for Adequate refreshment breaks.
Driving long hours are taxing and specially with kids and elders it becomes challenging, Keep buffer for adequate refreshment breaks in you drive plan. Identify stopovers for lunch breakfast, dinner etc. If you are not sure about the highway, better to keep some snacks and biscuits in your car beforehand.
8. Plan your overnight breaks.
Long drives such north south, or north-west, requires multi day drives. Identify your stopovers and keep a list of hotels and their numbers handy (in case you are not pre booking)
9. Don’t always rely on credit cards for fuel.
Indians love cash, you may not always find pumps accepting cards and sometimes their card machines may not be working at all. So keep some handy cash to not to run out of fuel.
Don’t forget to keep your source of entertainment with you, Ipod, CD, for music and videos. Games to keep your kids busy.
11. Book Hotels at major destination in advance.
The last thing you would want is drive thousand of miles to your destination only to find your preferred hotel is not available, which may eventually ruin your complete vacation. So as soon your major destination are finalized, book your hotels. Overnight stopovers can be left to book at random during the drive as you may sometime want to keep flexible stopovers
12. Get your vehicle serviced.
Very important partner of your drive plan and it needs proper pampering so that it serves you well throughout your journey.
13. Keep important numbers.
you never know when you need to make important calls, Numbers such as Your car company helpline, nearby hotels, and other emergency services should be handy.
14. Get a Gps.
India is a country with vivid language and dialect. A GPS comes handy to overcome language barriers as you are less dependent on asking routes at every crossing. But keep in mind, don’t blindly trust your gps device. A better approach will be to research your route well in advance.
15. Understand weather pattern.
Do some research on weather and the type of clothes needed for your trip. Climate condition and weather pattern do affect your drive plans, an example would be north India will be covered with thick fog if you plan to drive in winters. Similarly a monsoon drive in west India is beautiful as well as challenging compared to dry season.
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