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One automotive, 3000 miles, numerous experiences: a highway journey is the basic amongst journey goals. I met him final summer time and traveled with a buddy by the southwestern United States for 3 weeks. My suggestions for you:
Touring is my ardour. Organizing somewhat much less.
I typically solely maintain the naked necessities and let the remainder come to me.
Luckily, I traveled with a buddy who largely took over the planning and taught me in any other case. Spontaneity in all honors – however a highway journey wants preparation.
It is very important decide the route and to file distances, journey instances and details about all stations beforehand. Even when nothing is ready in stone and you’ll reject some issues: Solely on this means are you able to assess what’s temporally and financially possible.
You additionally save your self nasty surprises.
For instance, if you wish to go to the nationwide parks within the southwest of the USA (Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite, and many others.), it’s best to know that the lodging on web site are costly and booked up early – and the closest motels are typically greater than 100 kilometers away lie away.
Right here you may obtain our plan as .pdf: Our journey planning
The rental automotive
What would we have now accomplished with out Hilde?
Hilde, that was the title of our navigation system.
A navigation system was – along with air con – the one factor that our rental automotive completely needed to have. We notably appreciated Hilde when she confirmed us the following fuel station, the following rest room, the following restaurant within the pampas of Utah or Arizona.
And if it reliably guided us by the massive cities of San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Consider me: With six closely trafficked lanes in a single path, you may be comfortable in case you are despatched to the precise one in time!
With the automotive, you shouldn’t save within the incorrect place.
Particularly relating to insurance coverage protection: at all times select absolutely complete insurance coverage and not using a deductible. This fashion you keep away from having to pay for any injury your self. In spite of everything, the rental automotive can rapidly get a dent, a stone chip or a scratch on such a visit.
The roads within the rural areas within the southwestern United States are precisely as you think about them: straight and seemingly limitless, steppes left and proper, mountains on the horizon.
There’s not even oncoming visitors over lengthy distances. Very best for folks like me who do not drive a lot at residence – and do not notably prefer it both.
In giant cities, however, visitors and the numerous traces may be fairly intimidating. So let the extra skilled driver of you on the wheel as an alternative.
One other observe: In California particularly, there are various tire components on the aspect of the highway – and sadly additionally in the course of the highway.
The next applies right here: Drive with explicit care and frequently examine the tire strain on the petrol stations to stop your self from bursting.
We stayed nearly solely in motels and at all times booked the rooms on-line at quick discover, one to a few days earlier than our arrival.
It simply did not work out as desired in three locations …
- in Web page / Arizona (the one city on Lake Powell)
- in San Diego and
- in San Francisco
If you wish to journey to those cities, you’d higher maintain a pleasant, low-cost place to remain slightly earlier. In any other case, like us, you both need to dig deeper than deliberate or be content material with a grubby descent.
All different lodging had been low-cost all through (largely round 25 euros per particular person per evening with a small breakfast), clear and nicely outfitted.
The warmth tempts you to solely put on flip-flops on a regular basis. However do your self a favor and swap to driving and with sturdy footwear for longer walks on tough terrain.
Each are safer.
An instance: Decrease Antelope Canyon (one of many highlights of our journey!) Can solely be reached by way of a really steep staircase.
It’s best to at all times stow away change footwear within the trunk.
Similar to hotter or airier issues: In San Francisco we bought into the automotive at 16 levels – and bought out at 34 levels after a four-hour drive inland.
In San Diego, L.A., San Francisco and Las Vegas, queues in entrance of golf equipment and bars are frequent. It’s not uncommon so that you can queue up and anticipate admission.
It is best to go away your purse and valuables at residence.
Put solely the naked necessities and stow them near the physique.
What you aren’t allowed to go away on the lodging: your ID.
With out it, you might be typically not admitted, and there’s no alcohol. By the way, this is applicable not solely to golf equipment and bars, but additionally to eating places.
Are you now additionally on a highway journey fever?
What different questions or suggestions do you’ve got?
In regards to the writer: Till 2014, Susanne was an editor at program and ladies’s magazines in Hamburg. Nonetheless, she was at all times drawn out into the world. She at the moment lives and writes in Vancouver, Canada. On her weblog Flügge she tells tales about touring.