Holiday weekend? Time to hit the road!

Americans love to structure vacation time around holidays, especially when a national holiday (like the Fourth of July!) coincides with a weekend.

Traveling during a holiday can be stressful, though – so take a few of these World’s Best Adventures tips for smooth sailing this July 4th weekend.

  • Take care of your vehicle. This is probably the top tip, but maybe one that gets overlooked the most! In the excitement of planning a vacation, schedule some time to take your car for a tune-up. Make sure all of your tires are in good shape, the oil is changed and the brakes are braking. No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road when you could be relaxing in a hammock somewhere.
  • Plan for extra time. Always, always plan that things are going to take longer than you expect. Thinking of a four-hour road trip? Expect it to take an extra hour. This is usually a good thing to do, but especially over holidays when traffic can be heavier than usual. The worst that will happen is you will arrive ahead of schedule and have some extra time to explore your vacation spot!

  • Pack snacks. One of the best parts of a road trip is pulling over to some roadside one-pump gas station and emptying their shelves of all the junk food and candy. But let’s face it – that can get expensive and isn’t the healthiest way to kick off vacation. Packing a cooler with sodas, snacks and meals to enjoy on your way to your destination is a great way to eat healthier, save money and even save some time.

  • Ask about any holiday hours or changes. Touch base with your accommodations and any tourist site you’d like to visit to ensure operational hours or ticket prices are not different due to a holiday. (This is also good advice during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many locations are operating under capacity limits and different rules than usual.)

  • Download gas and break stop apps to your phone. In the age of COVID-19, having a plan in place is more important ever as some rest stops remain closed to the public. Downloading the apps of your preferred gas stations and break stops (like RaceTrac or Pilot Flying J) will help keep you informed of where you can pull over and top that tank off and get a much needed break to stretch your legs. That being said …

  • Be aware of your destination’s COVID-19 opening rules before traveling. It does put a bit of a damper on things, but living and traveling with COVID-19 is a reality we have to deal with for the time being. Be sure you look up what the rules are ahead of time – also, be sure to touch base with any individual landmarks you want to visit. Places are slowly reopening, but some remain closed or at very limited capacity.

With a little bit of planning ahead and preparation, your holiday travel experience can go off without a hitch.

What’s your best holiday travel tip? Let us know in the comments!

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