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7 Things to Plan For Your Long Distance Road Trip

7 Things to Plan For Your Long Distance Road Trip

Everyone enjoys a good long distance road trip. It’s an experience friends and family can share for years. All successful road trips have certain things in common. It takes the right people combined with the right attitude who have made the right preparations.

Route

One of the first things that need to be done is to determine destinations and routes. This will depend on the travel style of those going on the road trip. Some people enjoy staying at hotels; some are content with an RV, while others look forward to an opportunity to do some camping. This preference will impact route selections. It’s also good to determine sites to see while traveling toward a final destination. An interstate may be good for some people who want to get to a destination as fast as possible. Rural roads and their unique attractions may be the preference of others.

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Budget

It’s important to understand that road trips cost money. The important thing is to know they often come with unforeseen costs, and it’s important to budget for them. Unforeseen costs could be a surprise: accidently losing something important, a desire to try a unique eatery, need to replace clothing, unexpected car repair and more. Some travel experts recommend people determine the costs for their food, lodging, gas as well as entertainment and add an additional fifteen percent to ensure money won’t be a problem.

Visuals

When people go on road trips, they will want to photograph the experience. One of the most important methods is with cameras, cell phones and more. The next thing to decide is if the pictures and video recordings are going to be taken on impulse or planned out. Some people invest in tripods, special camera lenses, selfie sticks, GoPro cameras and more. Others are content to just take some random pictures and video with their cell phone and move on to the next destination.

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Packing The Car

The goal of packing a car is to consolidate all of the bags and other items to the maximum possible capacity. Some people like to put all of one type of thing in each bag. They put things into bags based on a category. Some travel experts suggest there will be more room when packing a car if the focus is on item size and making the best use of space. People need to try and pack light and only take what they’ll need. This will provide ample room to bring back items purchased during the trip.

Car Maintenance

According to Consumer Reports, it’s important to make certain that any vehicle used for a road trip is properly maintained. It’s important that all scheduled maintenance on the vehicle be performed. This includes checking the wiper blades, fluid levels and more. The battery needs to be checked to make certain it’s strong, and its terminals are clean. Tires need to be inspected for any tears or bulges. There needs to be a sufficient amount of tread on the tires. The vehicle’s brake system, including the brake pads, need to be checked and more. Prior to leaving on a road trip, the vehicle being used should have an emergency kit as well as a flashlight and first aid kit.

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Roadside Assistance Plans

Nothing could ruin a perfect road trip more than having something unexpected happen in a remote part of the country. It’s important to have a roadside assistance plan in place prior to leaving. Most of these plans provide 24/7 assistance in most areas. It can cover such things as jump starts, towing, lockouts and more.

Auto Insurance

Auto insurance is an important part of every ideal road trip. Before leaving, it’s essential that an auto insurance policy is current. Depending on the vehicle, it should have liability, comprehensive as well as collision coverage. If a person believes they are paying too much for auto insurance, it is time for them to get some car insurance quotes. When people know they have the right car insurance, it always makes the road trip much better.

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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