Travel Tips for Your Next Road Trip Adventure!

Including how to save money at your hotel.

As spring and summer approach, many travelers are looking to explore the open road for a much needed getaway! The quintessential road trip is all about making memories, exploring new terrain and having fun; however, it’s important to plan ahead so that you make the very most out of your trip! To help you do just that, we’ve pulled together our top 10 tips that will help you prepare for your next road trip adventure!

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1.  Consider your travel companions.

If you’re heading out with your family, consider having shorter drive days, making frequent stops and ending your day in the late afternoon rather than in the evening. Choose hotels that will be a welcome destination at the end of the day. Consider family-friendly brands that offer pools, hot tubs or water slides. With a shorter drive day, you can arrive with time to relax and enjoy the hotel amenities.

2.  Research places to visit ahead of time.

Have you ever arrived at your destination after a long day of driving only to spend hours Google-ing what attractions to visit or which businesses have survived through the past few years? Researching these things before you hit the road will save you a great deal of time, ease stress and reduce potential frustrations. The more you know, the smoother the ride!

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3.  Don’t forget to fuel up… on good food! 

As you hit the road, stock up on everyone’s favorite snacks and drinks for an easy way to stick to any budget and time restraints. Consider a mix of both healthy snacks – like fruits and veggies – as well as special treats and sweets – like cookies and chips. It is a vacation after all! And when you’re looking for a place to stop and eat, consider looking up fun restaurants or markets that are unique to the area! Trying special foods or treats from the town or city you’re visiting is a great way to experience and connect to the local culture.

4. Enjoy the journey – not just the destination!

The magic in road trips is quite often found in the memories made along the way. Consider stopping at scenic lookouts, family-friendly attractions, or a new place to eat. Sometimes it’s the smallest moments that make the biggest memories. And don’t undervalue the importance of rest. Stop at a rest stop and give yourself time to stretch your legs, rest your eyes and take any necessary breaks. It’s a good idea to stop every two or three hours when you’re driving for an extended time.

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5.  Take advantage of AAA rates.

Savings on hotel stays is one of the top benefits consistently noted by AAA members. Book online or through your local AAA Travel Advisor to take advantage of the AAA member rate at any Best Western-branded property in North America. Best Western has been named the AAA Lodging Partner of the Year every year since 2008.

6. Disconnect. Don’t text and drive.

Few things are as dangerous as texting and driving. Put your phone down and consider using the “do not disturb” feature when you’re behind the wheel. Every day, distracted drivers kill an average of nine people and injure more than 3,000 people in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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7. Leverage loyalty programs for added value.

Many attractions, restaurants, gas stations and hotels offer loyalty programs. Find the programs that are right for you and make sure your loyalty pays off. Consider planning hotel stays and other stops along your route with just one brand so that by the end of your trip you’ll have enough points for an excellent reward! The AAA PreferredSM Best Western Rewards® program offers bonus points that never expire and are redeemable for free nights and more.

8. Remember that a great day always starts with a great breakfast.

Did you know that breakfast is the meal people skip most? Don’t miss a good start, particularly when preparing for a day of driving with the kids. Look for hotels that offer breakfast—either complimentary continental, hot or from an on-site restaurant. If you’re planning an early departure, many hotels offer a grab-and-go option.

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9. Bring your dog along for the ride!

Let’s face it – pets are family and we love to spoil them. Take your fur baby on the road with you and rest assured they’ll also have a great trip, as many hotels offer pet-friendly rooms. Consider bringing along your pet’s bed, a favorite toy or a special blanket so they feel right at home.

10. Be aware some things have changed.

The last few years has changed how businesses – especially those in the travel landscape – offer some of their services. While some of these changes were temporary, some look like they’re here to stay. For example, daily housekeeping services at many hotels may not be standard and may be by request only. While housekeeping staff may not be permitted to enter your room for daily standard service, think about requesting additional linens or garbage pickup when needed.

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Find the perfect hotel (and save)!

AAA members save on room rates at Best Western-branded hotels throughout North America. Plus, enroll in the AAA PreferredSM Best Western Rewards® Program and earn 10% more bonus points and an automatic upgrade to Gold member status.

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