Expedia trip tips: What to know before you hit the open road
Itching for a memorable getaway this summer? Love the idea of a long drive and a big adventure? Two words: Road. Trip.
You won’t be the only one hitting the highway. According to Expedia’s recent American Traveler study, conducted by Harris Interactive, 50 percent of Americans will take a road trip this season.
So, whether you’re planning your cross-country concrete cruise to take you to one of the most popular road trip destinations (the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty or Washington’s National Mall), or just visiting friends or family a few states over, check out these helpful hints that will make your drive a success.
Entertain the kids
Of the Americans that will travel via the road this summer, 50 percent will bring their kids along for the ride, according to the Expedia study. And it’s expected that after a couple hours in the car, your kids will start to get a bit restless. Instead of listening to multiple back-seat dwellers whine, “are we there yet?”, try one of these options to keep your kids occupied.
- Hand out headphones. According to Expedia, 61 percent of traveling children listen to music through headphones. Let them create a playlist before the big trip, so they can have the choice to listen to their favorite beats.
- Play a movie or TV show for your tiny tots. Expedia finds that 60 percent of kids watch movies or TV shows on a mobile device to keep occupied during a road trip.
- Play an interactive car game like “I Spy.” Have some good laughs and create memories with fun activities. According to Expedia, 40 percent of little ones play interactive games with the family to enjoy the time spent passing scenery.
- Bring books. A road trip is the perfect opportunity to check off those books on your child’s summer reading list. Thirty-eight percent of kiddos read books on the road, according to Expedia.
Bump the jams
Ten hours in the car can be brutal without good music to sing and groove along to. Can’t decide which type of playlist to create? According to Expedia, the most popular road trip genre is classic rock; nearly a third (32 percent) of Americans plan to make classic rock their road trip soundtrack of choice. Country and pop are preferred by 15 percent, followed by R&B/hip-hop (12 percent), classical jazz (4 percent) and, finally, dance/techno music (4 percent). And to celebrate the great American road trip, Expedia’s travel bloggers have created the perfect playlist for your summer car cruise. Check it out here before you hit the road.
Bring your smartphone or tablet
Not only can you use your smartphone or tablet for entertainment (movies, games, books, etc.) on a road trip, but the technology also can be very helpful along the way. According to Expedia, mobile devices are critical on the open road. Get a look at these helpful ways to use your smartphone or tablet while enjoying the views from the passenger seat.
- Never get lost again. Using GPS on your mobile device can help you find the closest restaurant and even gas station. Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of Americans use smartphones for maps and directions, according to Expedia.
- Book last minute hotels from your car with your device. Expedia says 25 percent of road-trippers use smartphones to book hotel rooms from the road.
- Capture memories. As many as 64 percent of people use phones or tablets to take travel photos, according to Expedia.
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