Road trips are some of the greatest holidays you can imagine. Travelling the open roads, either alone or with friends. You’ll see some amazing sights. You’ll meet some great people. What if you want to go on a road trip in another country though? Is it even possible? Well, yes it is. You need to be prepared though. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the road.
Plan Your Trip
Are you going from coast to coast? What major cities do you want to hit on your way there? Which sights do you want to make detours to stop at? Knowing your trip will make it easier for you to plan your route. There’s an appeal to just taking off down any direction, but if your road trip is aimless, then you’ll never get to see or do anything fun.
Hire A Car
If it’s impossible to bring your own car over, you’re going to have to hire one. The good thing is that airport car rental exists. Meaning you can rent the car straight out of the airport. So long as you return to that airport to go home, they should agree to let you take it as far as you like.
It’s good to check over your hire car before you leave though. Just to know everything is in fairly decent working order. You don’t want it breaking down in the middle of nowhere.
On that note, you should probably put together some supplies. If the worst happens and you do break down, you don’t want to be caught out. You should at least have some basic tools to try and perform quick repairs to get to the next town or city. A spare tyre wouldn’t hurt either, but you may struggle for space.
A canister of fuel might be helpful too. Some countries have very long stretches of road before the next refuelling station. You may be caught short sometimes.
Apart from that, you should bring some general survival supplies too. That includes water and a few long-lasting items of food. If you have space, you could pack a tent too. Sometimes you might not be able to find somewhere to sleep for the night. A tent is at least more comfortable than sleeping in a car.
Know The Language
You don’t have to be fluent, but if they speak another language in this country, you should know the basics. Know how to ask about finding fuel, food, a place to sleep, or even some entertainment. Keep a phrase book on you too. If you’re struggling to find a way to say something, see if the book has it.
Obey The Rules Of The Road
This is a no-brainer, but it needs to be said anyway. Other countries may have different road laws to your country. You have to obey the road rules of the country you are in. You won’t be able to feign ignorance to the local Police if you get caught. Just err on the side of caution.