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I think we can all agree that one of the bucket-list items for the summer break is going on a road trip.

Spending long drives with friends, jamming to your favourite music, enjoying adventurous new destinations…what’s more to love? As spontaneous as it sounds, it doesn’t hurt to do a little bit of prepping before you hit the road. Here are a few tips that’ll help you make the most of your holiday and plan out the best road trip for you and your crew.

Figuring out the basics:

First things first, who do you want to go with, how many cars will you need and where do you want to go? It seems simple, but usually this step takes the most time. Availability, who’s the driver, and locking down destinations may involve some back and forth, but it’s important to settle this before you head off.  The go-to road map for Aussies living on the NSW east coast is to head north and hit the Gold Coast, theme parks, a quick visit through Brissie and if you have the time, check out the Sunshine Coast. Alternatively, if you live up north Queensland or in Brissie, you’ve got the option of either Gold or Sunny Coast or can take it further south and check out Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

Watch your wheels:

It’s important to pay attention to your ride as you go on road trips. Because of the lengthy nature of a road trip, make sure you’ve planned for any unexpected mishaps along the way. Did you double-check what your insurance covers, if you have road-side assistance and if everything in your car is in good condition before your big trip? Simple things like making sure your tires are in good condition, have air in them and have good treading, are very important. Have all the relevant documentation you need just in case of any fender benders or small mishaps. It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared, as the last thing you want to be doing is stressing out on your holiday.

Prepare to pitch in:

As everyone knows, holidays aren’t cheap. It involves a lot of planning and budgeting for different factors. With road trips, the usual costs include; fuel (a lot of it), food, accommodation, activities and any toll roads. Because you’re going as a group, there’s a little financial ease as its split between the group. If you’re up for it, you can save some money by going to a campsite or pitching in for an AirBnb. Do some research into the destinations that you’re exploring and choose what activities you want to do beforehand so you can factor in those costs too.

Going on a road trip is definitely much cheaper than an overseas or long-distance destination. So make the most of it and go on an adventure. There’s so much to see in so little time, you’ll be thanking yourself for planning out your trip in advance. Following this simple guide can make your vacay way less stressful, letting you fully take in the joys of holidaying with your friends. So what are you waiting for? Time to hit the road!

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