I recently participated in a road trip that was beyond terrible. If it wasn’t for the wicked deals at the outlet mall on the way home, I would have been completely miserable.
Here’s my list to make sure you don’t participate in a nightmare of a road trip – even if it’s with your friends.
1) Make sure you have directions and the person driving can admit to getting lost
There is nothing like driving for 45 minutes in the wrong direction because the driver doesn’t want to admit fault, but “thinks they’re going in the right direction”. Maps people, please make sure you have a map. I thought this was common sense, and you might think so too, but this happened to me for an entire weekend. Save the grief. Google maps is your friend.
2) Don’t road trip with people who act 15 years older than they actually are
Never mind having the reason for the road trip being cancelled, instead of exploring the new city you’re in, let’s have everyone take a day long nap so they can get up for dinner and then nap again during the supposed “pre-drink for the wild night out” because people act like they’re geriatrics. Sleep when you’re dead, or at least, when you’re back at home.
3) If you’re going across a border during the road trip – make sure everyone’s passports are valid
This is common sense to me and I thought it would be to others. Alas, I was wrong. Travelling with someone that reported their passport being stolen, finding said passport and thinking they could still use said passport only creates major delays. This adds minutes, if not hours, onto the final travel time, everyone gets irritated because no one likes dealing with egotistic border security guards and everyone hates you because you actually thought travelling on a “lost” passport would be okay with homeland security.
4) Don’t travel with a know-it-all
You know this person. They absolutely know everything there is to know about anything. This ranges from the music on the radio and how a song relates to something so amazing that they’ve done, to topics they think they understand, but don’t. Finally, my personal favourite, when they claim to know more about a culture of someone who is travelling with them. Annoying.
5) Last, but definitely not least don’t travel with the people who won’t put their fair share of money into the cost of gas or road tolls
This is the most irritating thing – ever. Some people have the audacity to think that they’re going on a free road trip and any time you come up to a road toll, they’ve conveniently lost their wallet, or purse, or money in general. They comment about how high the gas bill came to on the pump, but still don’t offer to throw a $20 bill down. This one provides to be tricky though, because you don’t actually know how cheap people can be. I suggest you lay out the guidelines on gas and tolls before the road trip to save yourself from becoming passive aggressive and ruining your trip.