Road Trip Directions - The Nitty Gritty of Your Journey
Wherever you're heading on your drive, you'll need clear road trip
directions. That's not to say you can't take detours along the way or
change your route. But do bring along directions as your Plan A.
Here are some thoughts on how to approach the task:
- Use a clean sheet of paper. Sounds obvious, but too many
people reach for the nearest torn scrap or back of an envelope, and they
end up scribbling directions that will be impossible to decipher later
- Type everything out. No matter how neat your handwriting may be, type will be easier to read in the car.
- Better yet, use an online driving directions program.
There are tons of good, free services out there. They'll give you clear,
consistently formatted directions for your entire trip.
- Review the directions carefully before you set out. It
can take a little while to get used to how a particular program explains
things. And the program may have sent you on a highway you didn't
expect - or a road may have changed its name since last time you drove
- Generate separate directions for side trips. In other
words, if you plan to end your second day of driving by arriving at your
hotel in Anytown, but then you plan to go out that evening and see an
attraction 10 miles away, generate directions from your hotel to the
attraction and back. Keep these side trips in a separate section of your
trip folder or binder.
We've used most of the online programs as well as good
old-fashioned maps. When we planned our 4,393-mile road trip, we printed
out pages from MapQuest, but we supplemented those with some notes from
an atlas and also brought along some maps from AAA.
You might want to
MapQuest Road Trip Planner
yourself, following our simple instructions.