Solo this summer? Try a road trip

Solo Travel Guru Tina Richardson talks tips on solo road trips

I don’t know about you, but I quite enjoy a good road trip. There’s something to be said for the freedom of hopping in the car and enjoying a relaxing ride with your favourite music in the background. Even on little road trips to my nearby family cottage, the journey there is what makes the getaway in my opinion. Here are a few things I’ve learned about road tripping as a solo:

Do at least some of the planning ahead of time.  

Like all happy wanderers I sure do like to mosey at leisure, but it’s always a good idea to plan your route ahead of time. CAA Members have the ever-popular TripTik® at their disposal. Use them to plan a route and even your stops along the way.

Don’t be afraid to stop.  

I once took a road trip from Ottawa to Saratoga Springs, New York. A relaxed drive through the Adirondack Mountains turned into 11 hours of pure entertainment. There were comfort stops, food stops, shopping and those ever popular Kodak moments.  

Have a purpose—or even just an idea.  

I am often asked, “So where should I go on my next vacation?” I always answer with the same key question: “What do you love?”  It’s incredible what happens when you combine your solo journey with something you love. Take food for example. Exploring the cuisine options of your stop overs or even participating in local cooking classes are great ways to spice up your travel plans. Not a fan of planning ahead? Wineries make great drop-in destinations as do museums and flea markets.

Do your research.  

Read up on where you’re headed. I’m a firm believer that there’s something to see everywhere, even in the tiniest of towns. Stop by local tourist offices for the small town stuff and for state and province-wide maps and TourBooks®, pop by your CAA Store.

Go with the flow!  

Expect the unexpected and don’t worry about it when menial problems arise. The best part of travelling solo is having no one to answer to but your inner travel voice. Stay an extra night or grab a last-minute ticket to see a show and allow yourself to take a wrong turn! The very best part of any trip is always the lasting memories made from the strangest surprises.

Happy Travels,

Tina Richardson