Road Trips With Friends

Road Trips With Friends

Unfortunately, we live in a world today where it doesn’t necessarily make sense to just ‘jump in the car and go’. There are things to consider such as knowing where it is you are going, the condition of the roads that will transport you there as well as how much money you have in your budget for things such as food, gasoline and shelter. You would be amazed at how many people forget or neglect things as basic as these!
When planning a road trip, the very first thing that you will want to make sure of is the condition of the vehicle that you will be taking on the trip. If you are taking your car, make sure that you have all of the pertinent information that goes along with the car such as the driver’s instructional manual for how the car operates. You will also want to make sure that you keep the vehicle registration and proof of insurance somewhere inside of your vehicle, and make sure that your registration card is signed (police officer will ticket you if it’s not!). Other things to make sure that you keep within the vehicle include an emergency kit. An emergency car kit should include some or all of the following items: a first aid kit, a flashlight, a set of jumper cables, flares, batteries, Swiss army knife, non perishable food, an extra set of clothes and a blanket.
While technology has come a long way, it is far from perfect which is why  you should always make sure that your cell phone is charged up and ready to go. Bring along both your car charger as well as a wall mounted charger for the ride in case you get stuck somewhere. It is also a good idea to have a couple of emergency contact phone numbers written down and labeled as such in the event that something happens to you and emergency technicians or others need to reach someone in your family. Regarding more of the fun stuff, I like to always make sure that my iPod is charged and ready to go with hours of my favorite music. Take some time out to rearrange or arrange play lists so that you have something to keep you energized for the long ride.
While some don’t really care, it is a smart idea to bring along a paper version of map versus solely relying on a GPS device. Again, you don’t ever want to trust in technology too completely because it has been known to fail. Before you get in your car, check the tire pressure and know what your personal settings should be for each of your tires. The worst thing that you could do is drive around on tires that are either under-inflated or over inflated. Just making a few changes to your lifestyle can wind up saving you a ton of money in the long run.

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Top 3 Fun Road Trip Games

Top 3 Fun Road Trip Games

Finding fun road trip games can sometimes be the best part of a holiday. Spending time with your children and laughing all the way to your destination. I have put together my top 3 fun road trip games. I hope you enjoy them and they give your family hours of entertainment.

My Ultimate List of Fun Road Trip Games

1. Degrees of Separation

Rules: One person thinks of 2 separate things, people, places. . . . literally anything. The trick is that they have to somehow be linked. They will then say the two ‘things’ out loud and tell the other people how many degrees of separation they are linked by. It is then the job of the guessers to find all of the missing links.

For example

An Apple to Michael Jordan via 4 degrees of separation

Michael Jordan

Shares the same initials as

Michael Jackson

Was married to

Lisa Marie

Daughter of

Elvis

Both are famous singers

Chris Martin

Named his child after an

Apple

This is without a doubt the best fun road trip game I have ever played. Obviously you might need to give the guessers some help but the game is about fun not who wins.

Then once the guessers have figured it out it is your turn to make one up.

2. The List Game

This is best for 3 people. Take it in turns to be the judge. The judge names a list eg. Beatle songs or different makes of car. The first person then places a bid on how many ‘things’ in this list they think they can name. It then goes to the second person who places their own bid. This process is repeated until one of the players tells the other to name the list.

That person then simply tries to name the allotted amount of things that they bid. If they make it they win – if they don’t they lose. Pretty simple but definitely one of my favourite and best fun road trip games.

3. Who am I

An oldie but a goodie. Two people think of someone famous and then take it in turn to ask yes or no answers until you someone guesses it right. The rules differ slightly but my favourite rules are simply one question each (some play that if you receive a yes answer you get another go).

I hope you enjoyed my top 3 fun road trip games. Best of luck on your adventure, holiday or car journey.

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Tips For a Road Trip

Tips For a Road Trip

A road trip holds many pleasant and not so pleasant surprises for the adventurer and it is described as driving in a vehicle for several hours with, or without a particular destination in mind. Every year some individuals and some families pack their luggage and set off for a week or a bit longer on this adventure.

A few things that can be done to help make the trip a bit more enjoyable are:

Games

If you will be travelling with children, walking with board games and electronic games, toys and CDs will be worth it. Additionally, playing games such as “I spy” and how many cars can you see with a particular color or vehicles that has a specific number plate. You can also make up games like these along the way.

DVD Player

If you will be travelling with a vehicle that has a built-in DVD player, all you will need to do is to grab some DVDs. On the other hand, if the vehicle does not have one, you can purchase a portable one or see about having one install in the vehicle.

Food

Stock up on a lot of healthy snacks. If your plan is to stop at restaurants and supermarkets along the way, you can stock up on your food supply during these times.

Do not forget to keep a lot of water in the vehicle and drink a lot of it, especially when you feel like drinking soft drinks. Keep your body hydrated.

Cash and Card

Although we are living in an electronic age, cash-in-hand is still welcome by many. However, do not walk with a lot of cash. Instead, walk with a debit card that you can access money with and only store in that bank account the amount of money that you are going to use on the trip. This will help to keep you from spending more money than you want. Also, with the cash that you will be walking with, do not only walk with notes, walk with change as well.

Record

Make a record of your journey. You can take out many photographs, write a journal, or perhaps videotape the journey of your adventure on your road trip.

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Planning a Road Trip

Planning a Road Trip

Preparing for a road trip is a daunting task. Road trips can be nightmare experiences if not properly planned out. However, with just a little preparation, you can make your road trip truly enjoyable. Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure your road trip is smooth, and you avoid any potential potholes.

A good road trip is all about preparation. Obviously, you are going to plan your route ahead of time, but it’s actually a good idea to plan at least one alternate route, in case you run into road closures or major construction. Make sure you have a good atlas, or road guide on your trip. Mapquest and GPS systems are great, but you might find yourself in areas without signals, or your gps system might fail. Give yourself plenty of time, calculate how long the trip will take doing the speed limit, then add an additional hour for every four hours needed. That will you will have plenty of time for rest stops, and mishaps along the way.

If possible, make reservations at hotels along the way. You never want to be stuck in the only town for 50 miles with no rooms available. Don’t plan on driving for more than 12 hours in a day. You want to be refreshed when you arrive at your destination. Bring plenty of drinking water for emergency situations, along with some non-perishable snacks. If you have children, be sure to bring a variety of activities that are safe to do while riding in the car. The monotony of the drive will lead to restlessness, and the children will want to switch activities frequently. Be sure to take into consideration the climate changes will driving, bring appropriate clothing for the trip.

A couple of days before leaving, get your vehicle serviced, and all the fluid levels checked. Give yourself a little time to drive the car around town after the servicing, to make sure everything is working properly. Check the wear on the tires, to make sure they are good for the trip. If at all possible, bring a spare tire. Be sure to have jumper cables and emergency flares, as well.

Following these steps will help prepare you for your road trip, and let you focus on driving and enjoying the scenery.

Larry Thomas provides Rand McNally maps, Mapsco maps and travel guides, and has enjoyed traveling for most of his life.

Cross Country Road Trip

Cross Country Road Trip

When my friend, Leslie, first got accepted to Stanford, she was elated. She had a green Volkswagen Jetta that she insisted on having with her while she was there. Rather than fight her on it, her parents agreed. Not only did they agree to let her have her car at college (she’s from North Carolina), but they suggested that they take a cross country road trip to get it there! Leslie has always been the adventurous type, so to hear that she would be taking a cross country road trip with her quirky father to get to California from North Carolina, I couldn’t really say that I was all too shocked. All I know is that if that was me, I probably would have opted to just have the car shipped there instead while I hopped on a plane flight.
My boyfriend is one of those people, but this is only because he is deathly afraid of flying. One too many bad flying experiences may have just grounded him for life. In any even, taking a cross country road trip is a great way to see the world or at least the country that you are living in. Not only this, but it gives you a chance to see sights that you might have not otherwise seen had you taken a plane ride. While flying is certainly more convenient (most times) than driving, there is something to be said for those who have braved the back roads that criss cross around the United States.
In addition to taking a cross country road trip, it is important to make sure that you really plan things out effectively. For example, always make sure that you have plenty of access to cash (not just credit cards). Not everywhere that you are going to stop is going to be as up-to-date as some of the places that you may be used to. Call hotels ahead of time and/or friends who live along the way, this way you can make sure that you always have a place to stay. Besides this, knowing that you have mini destinations can help to reassure you that you are near civilization should you ever get lost or feel a little lonely. You should also ALWAYS make sure that you travel with someone. This is an even bigger deal if you are a young woman. Unfortunately, women are still targets for many criminals and predators, so if you can, travel with a male associate or a group of friends.
Packing should be kept to a minimum if you can help it because, again, you don’t want to make yourself look like a target for theft or other criminal activity. Bring a GPS unit and then bring a backup up-to-date road atlas just in case. Make sure that your cell phone is charged and ready to go. Last but not least, make sure that you have your car inspected before you go. Have the names and numbers of local mechanics along the way handy just in case you experience a problem. If you are super paranoid, you can even give a few of these places a call to let them know your intentions of possibly stopping by.

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Math Road Trip Project

Math Road Trip Project
Math storytelling is essential for connecting math to the real world and helping students problem solve. One project I use with my students involves storytelling with math and helps them with multiplying decimals. I have them choose a vehicle of their choice (dream car) and tell me a story about a road trip they took or would like to take with their family. In the story, they have to tell me how many times they stopped for gas, how long it took to get there, hotel cost, tickets, and food. They also have to tell me the total cost of the trip.For example, I planned a trip to SeaWorld with my family this summer. My husband Chris, daughters Ciara and Camia, Chris Jr, and I piled our luggage into the car at 11:30 a.m. because we wanted to get there by 3:00 p.m. because the tickets we purchased were “Twilight Tickets” for after 3p.m. At the time, SeaWorld was running a promotion so the tickets were $ 39.95 each. Teachers get in free and so did my son C.J. because he is two years old. The total cost of our tickets was 119.85. I don’t require my 6th graders to include the tax.

We only had to fill up twice. Once on our way there and once going back home. It cost us 2.47 per gallon to fill up which is $ 65.80 for the first trip. The trip home was a little more expensive because we went to a different gas station which cost us 2.37 per gallon and came up to $ 66.25. From my house to SeaWorld is a total of 200.64 miles. We had enough gas to get to SeaWorld and from SeaWorld to the hotel. I tell my students to use MapQuest to determine the total number of miles from their house to their destination. They have to show work when calculating time and miles per hour as well as miles per gallon and the number of gallons their car can hold.
With a full tank of gas, my Ford Expedition can travel 392 miles. This is the reason we did not have to fill up again. We drove at a speed of 70 mph and have to travel for 200.64 miles. To calculate the time we first dive 200.64 by 70 mph which is 2.86. So it took us close to 3 hours to get to SeaWorld. We purchased an all day dining deal for the kids that was $ 14.95. C.J. ate from their plate. This was a great deal because they could eat and drink whatever they wanted at diners who participated in the deal. Chris and I brought a sub and drinks from home. We left around 9pm and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. In the morning, we woke up and ate a complimentary breakfast provided free before leaving. We filled up our tank and was headed back home. The kids had a blast. It was Chris’s and my first time at SeaWorld. We enjoyed ourselves as well. The Shamu show was our favorite.

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39.95
x 3
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119. 8 5

Fuel Costs at Cheveron:

2.35

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RV Road Trip

RV Road Trip

There are any number of ways to see the USA. An RV road trip is one way you might want to consider.

Americans love their road trips…. and our foreign friends seem to like them pretty well too when they visit. Much of the U.S. is easier to see by road than by using buses or trains.

A rental car has usually been our vehicle of choice when we take road trips far from home, but recreational vehicles are also an option. There are plenty of places that rent RVs for a week or a month.

You may find these recreational vehicles called RVs or motor homes. Outside of the U.S. they are often called caravans. Whatever you call them, they are self-contained accommodations on wheels complete with beds, kitchen, toilet and shower.

Until recently we had never considered an RV road trip for a number of reasons. The top two reasons are that RVs don’t get good gas milage, and if you don’t own one, they are a little expensive to rent. Then we had the opportunity to take an RV road trip with friends, and we saw the positive side of this kind of travel.

In the U.S RVs come in sizes from a little bigger than van size to really large, so you have to consider that you will be driving a vehicle bigger than what you’re used to…. maybe lots bigger.

We discovered that this was not quite as limiting as we thought. Most attractions and stores have parking lots that accommodate even the largest “rig”. You have to watch height limitations at gas stations and road underpasses, and narrow lanes can be intimidating… but once you’re used to it, you will travel just as quickly in an RV as you will in a car.

Stopping for the night is not a problem. There are RV parks all over the country, and many county, city, and National Parks have spaces for recreational vehicles, so there is no problem finding a place to park for the night. There are even some large store chains that allow you to spend the night in their parking lots… though that is not really a very scenic option.

You need to learn a few things about full hook-ups and partial hook-ups for the night, but your rental agent will give you the basics you need… and people you meet in RV parks are friendly and helpful. There are plenty of websites specifically about the RV experience and RV road trips where you can find lots of information if you’re interested in trying it once.

One nice thing about this kind of travel is that once you’ve got your RV set up, you have your clothes and food with you all the time. No need to go finding restaurants…. though you could if you didn’t want to cook. You will meet lots of friendly travelers…. people in RV parks seem to like to talk to each other and share their experiences.

You might even find that it doesn’t cost you any more than a rental car and hotels or motels along the road, and you might find an RV road trip a whole new kind of adventure that you like.

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On a Road Trip

On a Road Trip

When I was a kid growing up in Brazil, my family used to take every opportunity to hop in the car and go visit new places. My father was a master road trip planner and he would take care of every detail including of course the dreadful early (very early) start. I can’t tell you how many beautiful, tropical sunrises I saw through the window of our family SUV.

As a kid, I barely knew where we were going, and I don’t recall ever asking the “are we there yet” question. I used to love the ride, the different scenery and to feel the wind blowing on my face.

Now as an adult, I still love packing my stuff and heading to a new destination and driving for miles away. The big difference is that now I am the one on the driver’s seat making the decisions and the preparations for the trip. Both responsibility and opportunity come with this new role. And I love it! Now I get to go where I want, when I want, stop whenever I feel like it and design the trip I want to take. Yes, it is quite a bit more work than napping on the back seat of the car, but it is my time now and I wouldn’t change it for a second.

Road trips are excellent metaphors for life in general! As we journey through this world, our lives move from one destination to another with several different pit stops, missing turns, bumps on the road, beautiful landscapes, great company and sometimes even car issues. The question is: on our personal life “road trip”, where in the car are we going for the ride?

Back seat
Kids are usually the ones riding on the back seat. They never take charge of the wheel and they take very little responsibility for the trip, if any. Most of the time they don’t even know where they are and have very little control over the place where they are going. But, it is an easy ride and if anything goes wrong, it is certainly not their fault. On the other hand, they never get to go on a trip of their own and live their own true personal adventure.

If you are sitting on the back seat of your life, you feel like you have no power and no personal direction. Yet another day goes by and your dreams and purpose begin to turn into wishful thinking. Maybe one day, if you get lucky, life will take you to where you really want to be. The convenience of this position is that if anything goes wrong and life takes an unexpected turn, it is easy to pass the blame to somebody else. You are not in charge so therefore it can’t be any of your fault, correct? Meanwhile, life is passing by — sometimes complacent, sometimes fun, most of the time aimless.

Passenger seat
If you are on the passenger seat you have a closer look of the road and direct contact with the driver. You may be able to give suggestions about the ride, but ultimately it is the driver who makes the final decisions. It may be that you don’t know how to drive or perhaps you don’t have the courage to do it. In any case, someone else is in charge and you are following his lead.

Sitting on the passenger seat of your life road trip means you are living a life that somebody else has designed for you — not your own. You are only the co-pilot and your personal goals are secondary or even forgotten. Your life is focused on what someone else wants for you or taught you to be. Not based on your own inner values.

Driver’s seat
The driver is in full control of the car. He maneuvers it to the direction that he wants to go and makes the decisions to stop, go faster, take a short cut or simply cruise along. The driver must be focused and he responds and adjusts the car to the conditions of the road, its layout and the unexpected bumps and potholes. Most importantly, this is his ride and he takes the car to the destination of his choice.

When you take the role of the driver in your life, you are the one in charge. You are the one that sets your goals and chooses your way. It is you who make your own choices and you design your life trip based on your own true purpose. If something goes wrong, you don’t blame somebody else. Instead, you learn, you correct it, you adjust and especially, you keep moving. To be in this position you must be willing and able to take responsibility and be ready to make decisions. Best of all, you know that the trip is truly yours and only for you to take.

Where are you on the road trip of your life? Are you letting life just pass you by? Are you letting other people take the lead and steer you in the direction that they want you to go? Or are you ready to take charge, set your own goals and design your own true journey? As a coach, I work with individuals who are ready to sit on the driver’s seat and take the steps to move their lives guided by their own true purpose. They may not know exactly how to do it and how to create this road trip for themselves. They may have lots of doubts and hurdles to overcome. But somehow inside of them, they know they must and that it is possible. They are also not afraid to ask for help, support, inspiration and accountability. And that is why they come to work with a coach. They know that the trip is going to be much more enjoyable, successful and effective when they bring along someone who knows how to bring the best out of who they are.

Are you ready to take the trip of your life? Let’s start packing now!

Elias Scultori is a personal and professional coach supporting individuals who are ready to make positive choices out of ordinary and even difficult situations. He conducts both individual and group sessions over the phone and in person, and customizes each coaching plan to meet his client’s needs.

Road Trip Tips

Road Trip Tips

The Joys of summer – Piling into the car with the kids and happily setting off for the beach, or camping trip. Sure the setting off is happy, but the ride itself can get tedious, noisy, and sometimes downright unpleasant. Let us take a look at some ways of approaching the family road trip to make it a pleasant experience for all.

First, let us keep in mind that much of this is age dependent. So, let us address first the family with kids under 12. Then we will talk about older families, and finally, a couple of points just for the adults.

My experience has taught me, that if you have little kids, the best thing to do is to leave really, really early in the morning. That way, you get a few good hours of sleep out and a quiet start to the trip. Dress them in their traveling clothes the night before and tuck them into the car, belt em up and hit the road. For winter trips, it goes without saying that you should warm the car up first so they will be comfortable right away.

Next thing, when you do need to stop, do not go to one of those big roadside stops. Pick a quiet rest stop, and provide your own refreshments from your car refrigerator. The good thing about the quieter rest stops is it provides a more relaxed atmosphere for the kids to run around some before getting back in the car for the next leg of the journey.

There are some great car cooler products on the market today, in particular 12 volt cooler just like having a fridge in your truck or camper. These 12 volt appliances everything from portable food warmer to popcorn makers can give you the conveniences of fresh food on the road, without the crowds at busy rest stops. Pack your own 12 v products, and road trip happily ever after.

I personally love making my own coffee on the road nice and fresh without any lines to wait in. With a 12 volt extension cord, you can make the coffee on a picnic bench near the car.

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