Guest Author - Claudine Williams
Traveling with female friends or female family members can provide you with an ultimate bonding experience. You’ll have the opportunity to experience a new place with people you know and love. Even if you think you know the participants well, you will probably learn something new about the person while you are on the trip. Preparing in advance and developing a Plan B before your trip can relieve some of the stress that you might have when you are traveling to a new place on a girl’s only trip.
Do use your GPS on road trips, but carry maps and written out directions to help you just in case of bad weather or overcast traveling days. Sometimes GPS systems have trouble finding the single during these occasions, and you do not want to second guess yourself on which exit you need to take or which way you should turn. Be aware of the GPS during the trip, because you could end up lost, not realizing that the GPS is not working.
When determining your arrival time, consider the pit stops that you will have to take. Children will need restroom breaks and food breaks. Bring snacks for your hungry passengers. You can try to plan out your stops, but understand that you might end up having to make extra stops or maybe even fewer stops than you planned. Be flexible.
Get your vehicle serviced before your trip. You will need for the mechanic to check your tires, brakes, battery, spark plugs and fluids. A full tune-up might be in order to prepare for a long road-trip. Ask the mechanic to give your vehicle a complete inspection, if for no other reason than to put your mind at ease. I strongly recommend that you sign up for an auto club that provides 24-hour roadside assistance and towing. Do not forget to bring an emergency kit for break-downs. You will also need a first aid kit for travelers. You never know when someone will get a cut or other injuries during the trip.
Make sure that your phone is fully charged and keep it charged during the trip. I also suggest that you ask any other adults to make sure that they bring their cell phones, too.
Are you parking at or near the airport and flying? Be sure that you keep any tickets for parking at the airport in a safe place. You should also make sure that you have written clear directions so that you can easily find your vehicle when you return. Some airports have similar markings in every section, so be sure that you list distinctive information. You do not want to have to waste time searching for your car when you return.
Those of you who are taking flights need to make certain that you have a rental car waiting for you somewhere when you land, know where they taxis are located, or have someone who will pick you up when you arrive. Bring telephone numbers of your ride with you. Double-check the area where you will be picked up or where you will pick up your vehicle. If you are hiring an airport shuttle, make sure that you know how to identify the company’s shuttle or the person who is going to meet you at the airport. Try to avoid arriving during rush hours, especially if your group will travel by taxi.