“As people continue to be eager to take trips, we are seeing a huge emphasis on experiences, especially ones that are personalized and centered around travelers’ passions,” says Audrey Hendley, president of American Express Travel in an interview with Travel + Leisure. While many may plan on flying and taking trips abroad, however, turning a seemingly bland experience – like a classic road trip – into one of luxury can be achieved rather easily. From the advantages of more space while on the road to the details that can make or break a trip, here are just three ways you can turn a road trip into a luxury vacation to remember.
Choosing luxurious experiences
Choosing a theme for your road trip is another great way to ensure that the whole trip is one of luxury, and doing so ahead of time can only work to your advantage. Whether you’re interested in sports, winemaking, collecting fine art, or history, tailoring a route to your interests will allow you to curate a high-quality trip you’re sure to enjoy. If you’re simply looking for a trip that focuses on relaxation, however, planning a route that stops at various beaches or national parks (and perhaps even a spa) can easily make for a trip filled with both nature and luxury. One post from the U.S. News and World Report highlights several of the best beaches in California, from the photogenic and secluded Pfeiffer Beach off Highway 1, to Catalina Island (22 miles off the coast of Southern California), which is only accessible by high-speed ferry and private aircraft. Whether you choose to stop at a beach along the way for a picnic or make a whole day-trip out of it, there’s no question that the experiences you choose can bring a road trip to the next level.
The benefits of a spacious vehicle
When looking to transform a road trip into a luxury experience, the vehicle that you take out on the road can make a major difference. For those who wish to embark on a journey that’s kinder to the environment, taking an electric vehicle (EV) can sound like an impossibly great idea – especially if you’re worried about not finding a charger along the way. However, the idea of not having anywhere to charge an EV is actually one of the most common myths surrounding such vehicles – according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are nearly 50,000 public EV charging stations in the U.S., making a road trip entirely possible with a little planning ahead of time.
If you’re going on an extended trip or your final destination is a luxury resort (in which case you’ll need plenty of room for luggage), choosing an EV with plenty of space is essential. One AutoGuide.com post highlights a variety of EVs that offer plenty of space, including the Tesla Model S (which features a rear lift gate and front trunk) to the BMW iX, which is capable of hauling 35.5 cu ft. of gear behind the rear seats. Not only will a spacious vehicle allow you to bring everything that you need for the trip, but it’s a consideration that will make the trip much more comfortable for everyone in the car.
Little details can make a massive difference
Transforming a road trip into an experience of luxury can further be achieved through smaller details. From a warm blanket to high-quality on-the-road snacks, what you bring can easily turn a boring and uncomfortable trip into an elevated experience. One HGTV post, for instance, highlights a variety of products and accessories worth bringing with you on the road, from noise-canceling headphones to silk eye masks and travel pillows. The post also points out the value of investing in something as simple-sounding as a car diffuser, which can help create a pleasing aroma while on the road. However, it’s worth mentioning that even the basic staples of a road trip – such as a trash can or an organizer for other items (like wet wipes, bottles of water, etc.) will further make for a more comfortable experience.
For those seeking a vacation full of luxury, a road trip doesn’t usually come to mind. However, by reconsidering key elements of the trip – such as the vehicle itself, the stops along the way, and what you bring along with you, you can easily transform the humble road trip into an extravagant experience.
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