Some Things Change, Love of Road Trips Does Not

By: Jody Smith

You hear a lot about seniors who are happy to leave the driving to someone else. They're hopping -- well, maybe not hopping exactly -- onto a bus, train or airplane, or they're floating on a cruise ship, content in the knowledge that their only concern is having a good time. But that isn't your style, is it. If you're the type who likes to choose your own path, and set your own speed, determine your own side trips, then there is really only one mode of transportation you are interested in -- your car, on a road trip.

If you love giving your car a once-over before take-off, if you get off on the feel of the steering wheel in your hands then you'll want to make your vacation a road trip, solo or with a favorite passenger -- a passenger who knows who their pilot is, and who is happy to be chauffeured.

Chances are, you are no newbie when it comes to preparing your chassis and yourself for an extended drive to holiday land. Still, like it or not, time may have brought a few changes over the years. You may need to travel shorter distances between breaks, and breaks might be longer. In fact, instead of driving marathons from dawn to nightfall, you might stop at a few more hotels and get more sleep at each of them.

Food may be more of an issue than it was in your younger years. Keep your blood sugar stable by having snacks and meals on a regular basis. Having a stash of food in the car protects you from long stretches without something to eat if rest stops or restaurants are few and far between. You may be tired of hearing that you should eat less sugar and fewer processed foods, but you know it's going to make your trip more enjoyable if you knuckle under and do it.

Time has also brought some great advances in technology, since you were a kid with your first car. No more standing at the side of a road with a flat tire or an overheated car. No more knocking at the door of a house near your accident or breakdown, trying to look safe and benign so the homeowner will let you in to make a phonecall. Make sure you travel with a cell phone, so road side assistance is easy to hail, and neighbors don't have to be a wild card in your fate.

Map out your route beforehand, researching where you want to stay, and make reservations ahead of time. Check out the Federal Highway Administration website to find out about possible construction and road closures, and to know where rest stops are, and to pick out choice scenic areas to incorporate into your journey. A little preparation goes a long way toward making the road to your adventure smooth and wide open.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for EmpowHER.com.

Sources:

Road Trip Tips

http://www.over50web.net/personal-growth/travel/road-trip-tips

Stay Healthy on Road Trips

http://www.babyboomers.com.au/travel-brochures-holidays/stay-healthy-on-road-trips.html

Related Links:

Ways to Reduce Stress While Driving

http://www.empowher.com/mental-health/content/ways-reduce-stress-while-driving

Tips for Eating Heart Healthy on Vacation

http://www.empowher.com/heart-amp-blood/content/tips-eating-heart-healthy-vacation

When Seniors Hit the Road: Conquer The 3 P's

http://www.empowher.com/active-adult/content/when-seniors-hit-road-conquer-3-ps

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