What to do with your tax refund leads to all sorts of possibilities. Maybe pay down bills or buy something for the house. One option that can be both educational and entertaining is to invest in a road trip with family or friends. Unlike planned vacations, which can be costly, road trips are less regimented and are a perfect way to utilize those extra funds.
Map Out Your Route
Look online at the US, or go old school with a paper map and draw out your route. A road trip becomes an adventure that can take you into unexplored regions of America. Here’s a chance to see more of the Southwest or trek through Amish country up North. Once you mark out that linear destination on the main US arteries you can then take you time and stop at local towns and villages. The trip can go as fast or as slow as you want it.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Before you set out on your journey make sure your car is in top condition. Get a thoroughcheckup of your vehicle from your mechanic. Get your oil changed and your tires rotated and properly inflated. Make sure to pack an emergency kit including flashlight and blankets in case of a break down. Estimate your gas usage and then double that. Because your road trip is not focused on reaching a specific destination, your gas usage will increase. As you wander off … [Read the rest]