It is summertime! Who is ready for a vacation filled with adventures and fun times?
One of the best ways that you and your family can enjoy your vacation, even more, is by taking a road trip. The freedom of driving can get you to some pretty awesome places that airplanes can’t, and it can often be more affordable than flying.
Whether you’re driving to visit friends/family or to see a piece of interesting scenery along the way, it’s easy to stop, see, and take pictures.
What is one of the real problems of long road trips? It quickly becomes boring and uncomfortable to sit in the car for 6, 8, or 10 hours or more.
Here are some tips and tricks to surviving long road trips.
- Do not drive tired, or drowsy.
It is important to consider exhaustion before you set out on your journey, not afterward. This means that you should get at least 7 hours of sleep before your journey.
Taking regular breaks and stretching your legs along the way will keep you awake and sharp. Stopping approximately every 100 miles or every two hours will do the trick. Make these stops part of your long drive, whether they are during mealtimes or when you can view interesting sights
- Bring Food/Snacks and Drinks
By packing vitamin-packed, healthy foods for you on the long drive, you will be able to last without stopping at the fast-food joints – saving money.
Staying hydrated is also important. Make sure you stock up on water and other beverages for maximum energy.
- Keep passengers entertained
Especially when driving with children, long drives often result in bickering. An aggravation like that can lead to fatigue among drivers. Provide time-killing diversions such as books, puzzles, and games for all passengers, especially children.
Getting Comfortable: Tips & Tricks
Do you know what one of the main problems you will encounter on long drives? Discomfort. Drivers and Passengers sit in the same position for hours, with little ability to shift, discomfort is something to be expected. Here are some tips and tricks to make a several-hour road trip more bearable.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing
The only thing that should be restricting movement on long road trips is your seat belt – and that is for protection. Make sure that you wear cloths that you are comfortable in.
Wear shoes you can drive in & easily slip on/off
A few road trip benefits can come from wearing shoes that are comfortable to drive in, but easy to slip on/off. Your feet are allowed to breathe, while your leg and foot are free to move.
Bring small pillows & blankes
There are many uses for blankets when traveling. You can use them to block the hot sun, to maintain warmth in cold weather, or at night while driving. Folding them up allows them to be used as an extra seat cushion. You can use pillows for lower-back support or to help you sleep.
Determine desiraed, optimal driving conditions
Other than the weather, one of the most important things to consider before you hit the road is when you will leave and how long you plan on driving. Planning accordingly is crucial.
A lot of people hate waking up early in the morning. For road trips, however, the sooner you start, the sooner you can arrive at your destination. If you have children, it’s likely that they will sleep for the first couple of hours of the trip. When you arrive at your destination around dinner time, you will be able to enjoy a few hours of free time before bedtime.
Next time that you want to take a road trip to South Florida, book a DesignedVR vacation rental. We have your dream rental on our website www.DesignedVR.com.
When you get ready for a vacation, especially a road trip, it can sometimes be stressful. Making a list of everything you need and packing it, and then re-packing it. Going over it in your head item by item. Praying that you remember everything, from your phone charger to your toiletries.
Like other forms of transportation, road trips can be stressful. But unlike other forms for transportation, they can also be the most enjoyable. The open road provides a certain sense of liberation. Yet even the most spontaneous road tripper knows that without some solid planning and smart on-the-road tricks, even the best road trip can be a bust.
Some common travel mistakes that have blown up more than a few road trips include:
Not taking your car in for a full tune-up before leaving.
Road trips can be great fun for the entire family – filled with memories that you will never forget. But, there are also the chance that it could blow up in your face. One thing that can cause this is you breaking down on the side of the highway
Taking your car in for a complete tune-up before hitting the road should be the #1 thing on your pre-trip to-do list/ ritual.
It is important to make sure your oil, tire pressure, brakes, and engine are working correctly by having a professional inspect your vehicle. This will prevent you from being stranded on the side of the road or asking AAA to come to your assistance.
Forgetting to download maps, trip entertainment, and road trip apps before hitting the road.
To simplify things, one of the first things you need to remember is to download everything you need, via WiFi, before you set off on your adventure.
It is highly recommended to download everything from maps, music playlists, travel entertainment (movies, TV shows, games, etc.), and other trip apps before you leave home.
Overlooking the tech accessories you need to stay online, in control, and safe while driving.
When driving long distances, no one likes to fiddle with their phones or look away from the road to adjust the charger – this can be dangerous. It is also not uncommon that, as you pack for your road trip, to overlook and/or forget some important accessories.
Before you start your adventure, make sure you have: Your phone charger within reach, A phone cradle/mount to keep your phone hands free and to keep you from fumbling and looking down. You should also make sure all your music, maps, and directions are downloaded before hand as well.
Not stopping to stretch your legs often enough.
On long road trips, it’s tempting to drive as much as possible before stopping. Why waste time, right?
Most travelers make the mistake of not stopping often enough to stretch their legs when hitting the open road. But, there’s more to these breaks than stretching your legs. You are also able to relax and refresh your mind, allowing you to drive safely.
Driving without the gear, know-how, or ability to deal with a flat tire.
Have you looked in your trunk lately? Do you know where your spare tire is, as well as the tools need to change it? Do you even have any of these items in your car?
Did you know that not every car, personal and rental, come with spare tire kits?
It is important that, before every road trip, that you check and double check that you have everything necessary incase of a flat tire. If you dont have what you need there is the chance that you will need to go out and purchase the items needed.
But, if you do not know how to change a tire, then having a spare tire kit is kind of useless. It may be beneficial to watch a how-to youtube video. Worse comes to worse, make sure that you have Triple A (AAA), or any roadside assistance sevices.
Leaving home without a road trip emergency kit.
One more thing that is smart to have, though not a necessity, is an emergency road trip kit. You should stock your kit with:
- A flashlight with extra batteries,
- A tire pressure gauge,
- A charger for your car battery (and/or spare battery),
- Extra water, some energy bars,
- (and) Basic first-aid items – such as: pain reliever and bandages.
So remember, the next time come to vacation at a DesignedVR property in South Florida:
- Take your car for full maintenance check before hand
- Download everything you need before hitting the road (maps, music, entertainment, etc.).
- Make sure your phone charger is in reach, and your phone is somewhere that is comfortable to be hands free (so you don’t have to fuss while you drive).
- Plan some enjoyable rest stops, giving you time to stretch your muscles and refresh your brain.
- Make sure you have to gear, know-how, and/or the ability to deal with a flat tire, in case of emergencies.
- Finally, if you have one (or want one), make sure your road trip emergency kit is stalked up and ready to go.
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While visiting the Sunshine State, remember to see everything that Maimi and South Florida have to offer – which is more than just beaches.
Some amazing day trips you can take while in South Florida, that are fun for the whole family, include:
Family Fun DayTrips
Miami Children’s Museum – Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play, learn, imagine, and create together at the Miami Children’s Museum, through interactive exhibits, programs, and learning materials.
Miami Sea-Aquarium – Come and see why sea world is a Florida favorite attraction. See world-class exhibits with manatees, sea turtles, penguins, rays, and more at South Florida’s most popular aquarium. Enjoy incredible shows with dolphins and sea lions that are sure to enchant visitors of all ages.
Dolphin Cove – Dolphin swimming at Dolphins Plus Bayside is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before – it is a unique experience. Interact with dolphins and even swim with them in shallow water in a structured and hands-on environment or snorkel freely with them.
Eco Sail – The Eco Sail cruise offers a more relaxing alternative by taking you through the Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys on an eco-exploration cruise. Activities include paddling in tunnels, snorkeling at the edge of mangroves, and diving near sharks.
Kayak Shack – Located on Florida’s Nature Coast in Spring Hill, Florida, the Kayak Shack offers kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards for rent, as well as guide services for those interested in private, guided river tours.
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory – Come and stroll through the exotic tropical paradise filled with hundreds of butterflies and feel your stress ebbing away as you enjoy a magical and inviting experience. What are you waiting for? A spectacular collection of flowers, colorful birds, and cascading waterfalls await you.
Key West Seaplane Adventure – The National Park Service has approved Key West Seaplane Adventures as the only seaplane company that provides access to Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West.
Explore the history of Fort Jefferson and step back in time. You can also swim in the warm, crystal clear waters and/or sunbathe on a remote white sand beach.
Everglades Alligator Farm – Located near the entrance to Everglades National Park, the Everglades Alligator Farm is South Florida’s oldest alligator farm and has more than 2000 alligators. There are airboat tours, alligator shows, snake shows, and demonstrations of alligator feeding at the Everglades Alligator Farm. The Everglades is a must-see attraction in Key Largo and Key West for anyone visiting either one.
Palm Beach Zoo – West Palm Beach is home to Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, a non-profit zoological organization. Located within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat, the zoo houses more than 550 animals, many of which are endangered.
Lion Country Safari – Located in West Palm Beach, Lion Country Safari offers a unique and affordable opportunity to enjoy Florida’s largest drive-through safari. Here you can find large herds of animals roaming freely, while visitors are confined to their vehicles (while they observe the animals). The wide-open spaces of Lion Country Safari boast over 1,000 WILD animals, including: lions, wildebeest, giraffes, ostriches, chimpanzees, and rhinos.
Rapids Water Park – Rapids Water Park is a water park located in Riviera Beach, Florida on a 30 acre plot of land near I-95. The park has 42 slides and attractions, including: a wave pool, dual seven-story speed slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool. There are also slides available for young children and toddlers.
Book a DesignedVR vacation rental for your next vacation, and experience everything that South Florida has to offer. Visit our website at www.DesignedVR.com to book now.
South urban landmarks: These are somehistoric and interesting locations in south florida.
Freedom tower-This historic building started its life as the home of the Miamidaily news until 1957. In 1962 the building was used to assist Cuban refugees. The center provided resources to Cuban refugees so they could successfully rebuild and start a new life in America.
Ocean drive-This historic strip along the beach is the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks of Miami. This street is lined with art deco style hotels from the 50’s across from a beautiful palm lined beach park.
Calle ocho-This historic neighborhood is the heart of Cuban culture in Miami. This is an authentic Cuban neighborhood that has stood the test of time. There are a variety of Cuban restaurants and bars in this area that offer a dive into Cubano culture.
Guitar hotel-This hotel has become a staple of south Florida, finishing construction in 2020 this luxury hotel has 638 luxury guestrooms. This hotel is on the hard rock casino campus,so a state-of-the-art casino hall is just below your room. This hotel often has light shows where the entire building lights up and displays patterns, truly a sight to see.
Sawgrass mall-This is the second largest mall in the state with 2.38 million square feet of retail space. This mall is shaped like an alligator and has three separate sections for shopping. The oasis is an outdoor shopping area which features anarcade an IMAX theater. The colonnade is focused on upscale merchandise and feature a variety of luxury stores. And fashion avenue which features casual apparel stores.
Las olas-Las olas is a historic main street that starts in the heart of downtown ft Lauderdale and ends at las olas beach to the east. This street features many upscale and exciting bars and restaurants. Las olas is always a happening place and is a great place to catch some night life.
South Florida sports venues:Sports may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a vacation to Florida. However south Florida has a team for every major sport.
Hardrock stadium Miami Gardens: Here the Miami dolphins football team plays. This is a state-of-the-art stadium that is partially covered which allows you to enjoy the game without the sun beaming down at you, it also shields most of the fans from rain as well.
Loan Depot Park Little Havana:This is the stadium where the FloridaMarlins play,this stadium is fully covered and air conditioned so rain or shine the games are on. This Park is in historic little Havanaand seats 36,000 fans. This Park features over 8 different concessions stands which offer a variety of food, a break from the normal hotdogs and burgers. In addition, the Biscayne Bay brewery is a 3000 square foot bar inside the park.
FTX arena Downtown Miami:This is the arena the Miami heat play in, this arena is located along famous Biscayne boulevardin downtown Miami. This arena seats 21,000 fans This arena is commonly used to hold concerts.
Bb&t center Sunrise FL:This is the arena the Florida panthershockey team plays in. Hockey in Florida? yes that’s right!here you cancatch a game of some ice hockey in the tropics. This arena sits 20,000 fans and features a Funky Buddha brewery room where you can taste some of south Florida’s best craft beers.
Drive Pink Stadium Ft Lauderdale:The MLS soccer team inter Miami plays here. This is the most recent addition to the south Florida sports venues both the team and stadium have just recently been created in 2020. The stadium seats 18,000 fans.
Florida is known as the sunshine state, but any Floridian will tell you the state gets a fair share of rain. While you are visiting Florida, you may encounter a rainy day which may cancel your plans outside. Here somethings you can do when you are rained in.
•Play Board Games -Many of our rentals come equipped with a plethora of different board and card games, a perfect rainy-day activity. Some of our rentals come equipped with a game room, this is a great time to put it to use.
•Cook a meal-Take advantage of your full kitchen and cook a delicious meal. In South Florida there is a wide variety of super markets that are known to sell authentic foods from various cultures around the world. Some of these are Presidente supermarkets, El bodegon supermarkets, Caribbean best mart, and various kosher and oriental markets as well. This could be a great time to try out a new recipe.
•Watch a movie or tv show-Our rentals come equipped with Roku tv’s these give you access to a massive library of both live and streaming content. Whether you like comedies, action, or horror Roku has you covered. Make some popcorn and enjoy your cinematic experience.
•Read a book-During a Florida shower, a good book is a great companion. This could be a great time to catchup on that book you have been meaning to read. Just be careful the sound of South Florida rain can easily put you to sleep