How To Plan A Perfect Road Trip

My first road trip experience was the year when I just moved to Germany. We drove from Germany southern Spain and it took us two days of-stop driving to reach the destination. A single journey is almost 1500 km. After that trip, we also traveled around Europe such as Spain, Italy or Germany, of course, by car. Not only us, many also agree that having a road trip is the most popular way to enjoy vacations. There are many benefits to travel by car.

  • Flexibility: The schedule depends on yourself as you do not need to worry about the time of boarding, check-in or delay. You can also re-arrange your plans without changing any reservations. It is the most significant advantage of choosing a road trip.
  • Convenience : There is always a problem if we want to reach a destination by public transportations. For example, how do we go from one location to another? Should we take the bus, taxi or subway? Surely, we can get there. However, we always have to check the departure schedules beforehand and it is not so convenient than going by cars.
  • Easy packing: No matter how you pack, you can always pack what you need and what you like when you travel by car. There is no limitation of weight or volume of your luggage. A journey by car is particularly convenient for families with children.

In this article, I would like to share with you how to prepare and what to pack for a road trip. Moreover, I have some tips on how to plan a perfect road trip.

從定居德國便跟著另一半體驗自駕之旅的樂趣,第一趟便長征西班牙南方的臨海小鎮,光是去程不眠不休趕路就花了兩天時間,單程已經高達一千五百公里路程的紀錄。後來,西班牙、義大利、德國等區域因為地利之便都是自駕之旅的最先首選。不過不只我們,自駕之旅幾乎是所有歐洲內陸國家居民在長假期中最常度假的方式。自駕之旅有許多好處與樂趣是其他旅遊方式所不能相提並論的,比如說:

  • 移動方便:自己開車想去哪就去哪,不必趕時間到機場報到、不怕誤點,就算想臨時更改行程動線都可以馬上決定;高度自由性是自駕之旅最大的優點之一。
  • 動線銜接便利:如果利用大眾運輸做為旅行時移動的方式,那麼到達目的地區域後,在點與點之間的往返常常受限;不過如果是自行駕車,就算一天之內跑兩個景點也輕鬆自如。
  • 打包無慮:不管如何打包,都可以隨心所欲帶著需要的、想要的東西一起上路;沒有重量、體積過大不方便的限制,通通放到車上就解決了,尤其適合帶著小孩子出門的家庭(媽媽們一定都點頭如搗蒜)。

這篇文章將分享如何計畫一趟完美、令人留下美好回憶的自駕之旅。從出發前、到打包、所需物件等,詳細的資訊不要錯過了;同時也是一篇分享給台灣旅客想要在歐洲規劃自駕的文章,希望提供的資訊都好用。

What to prepare :
  • Vehicle safety check : Always have a vehicle safety check before the road trip if you are driving your own car. However, if you are a tourist and plan a road trip by renting a car, make sure you get all the information about road safety or in case of accidents and emergency. Prepare a child safety seat for the little one and make sure the it is tied correctly with the seat belt.
  • Plan the driving mileage : Our very first road trip was planned in a hurry. We were quite nervous although we saved a few days’ hotel fees. It is better to plan your daily driving mileage by setting a certain amount of distance or driving hours every day for the trip. Take it easy and enjoy the journey.
  • A map : The navigation system is very advanced nowadays. However, do not forget to update it to the newest version in order to get the latest road information. Moreover, it is also important to prepare a paper map that we used to check the way in the past in case the electronic system gets a problem.
  • Neighbors : There are a few families living in our apartment building. When one of the families are on vacation, we inform each other. In this way, we can help each other to collect parcels or to water the plants. Most importantly, it is also a kind of security awareness when a family is out of the apartment for a few weeks.
  • Music playlists : It is important to listen to the latest traffic information on the radio, but a few favorite music playlists are also necessary for entertainment. For example, before we drove to Amsterdam for a one-week vacation, we had prepared a few playlists of movie soundtracks. That was a joyful journey.
  • Highway license or toll:The highways in Germany is free of tolls. In Austria, however, you will have to buy a highway toll sticker (Vignette) in order to drive on the highways. In most European countries, there are toll booths. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare some coins for that.
行前準備
  • 行前車檢:開自家車自駕旅行是最方便舒適的,不但熟悉車子的性能、也不需再額外負擔保險;不過出發前做一次全車安全檢查是必要的。如果是到訪旅客租車自駕,應該在交車前詢問所有關於交通意外險的相關事宜。有小孩乘客,除了強制使用兒童安全座椅之外,請事先檢查座椅與安全帶是否正確繫上、繫牢。總之,關於安全一事,省不得也大意不得。
  • 規劃每日行駛里程:第一趟西班牙自駕之旅規劃得過於緊湊,只以兩天半的時間抵達目的地,雖然省下了幾天旅館費用,不過卻惹得神經很緊張。最好的方法就是每天計畫好固定的行駛里程數、或是駕駛時數,以點和點連接過境城市抵達目的地;不但可以欣賞沿途風景,同時行程也不過於緊湊,而失去的自駕之旅的意義。
  • 地圖:現在行車導航系統已十分先進,不過出發前應該先將導航系統更新為最新版本,才能接收近期施工改道的資訊。不管如何,都應該準備一本紙地圖,以免任何電子系統突發狀況發生。
  • 請託鄰居:我們這棟樓幾家不同住戶在長途旅行前都會互相打過招呼,一來可以在住家安全上有所照應,另外也可以幫忙簽收包裹、照顧家裡盆栽等。並且在旅遊途中挑幾份簡單大方的小禮物回來送給鄰居表示心意,對鄰居關係大有幫助。
  • 音樂播放清單:雖然開啟廣播注意即時路況很重要,不過事先準備好音樂播放清單、並且下載到手機裡,在感覺無聊的時候可以隨時派上用場,還不會佔用手機網路連線的流量。就好比我們在前往阿姆斯特丹途中所聽的歌單,更拉近了兩人間的距離。
  • 公路過道執照、收費資訊:德國的高速公路免付費,不過奧地利則必須事先購買高速公路通行證,黏貼在前方擋風玻璃上。而歐洲其他大步部分國家則以收費站的形式收費,所以也應該事先準備好小面額鈔票、零錢。
What To Pack :
  • Dress well : It is important for both the driver and the guests to dress comfortably during the trip since you have to sit for long hours. Some even prepare a pair of slippers for a more convenient and relaxing driving time. Besides, do not forget a shawl or a jacket in case of any unpredictable dropping temperature. Note that some Germans whom I know do not wear slippers while driving so as to avoid any accidents.
  • Food and Drink : No matter where we go, we always have one pack of snacks with us, not to mention when the road trip takes long hours to reach our destination. You cannot find a store anytime and anywhere so easily in Europe. Make sure you get your favorite snacks in sweet and salty flavors. We also prepare a few bottles of water on the way and only buy them in the chain-supermarkets which offer a lower price than a normal store.
  • Diapers : Yes, Diapers. Traffic jam in peak travel season is common. A diaper is the best tool when you need to go number one. Cover your lower part with a jacket or a shawl, take off the trousers and sit on the diaper. It is the easiest way for both man or woman to solve the problem. Also, it is not smelly.
  • Cleaning supplies : Never forget a few packs of chewing gum, wet tissue and tissue papers. You will need them during the journey under any situations.
必備打包、注意細節:
  • 舒適衣著:開車旅行不管是駕駛或是乘客最重要的還是穿著舒適衣著、鞋款;有些人甚至會準備一雙容易穿脫的便鞋以備一路上之需。尤其是在歐洲自駕,特別需要另外準備一條披肩或是小外套,早晚溫差、或是一陣雷雨過後驟降的溫度真是令人吃不消。特別提醒:我認識某些小心嚴謹的德國人在駕駛時絕不會穿著拖鞋,以免造成意外;也讓你們參考。
  • 食物:每趟旅行出遊,都會準備一小包慣吃的零食乾果;更別提如果是自駕旅途,就會準備一個提袋,各式各樣的食物、乾果零食通通備齊。你或許會想,沿途買不就好了?歐洲不比亞洲,不僅沒有全天候營業的便利商店,而且設店密集度也不高,加油站的單價更是天高。所以隨時準備好自己喜歡口味的食物頗為重要。
  • 飲水:我們會買一大包六瓶裝的瓶裝水沿途帶著;要再買新的,就會到大型連鎖超級市場購買、補充。亞洲人出門旅行習慣帶著自己的保溫瓶,然後在店家、餐館或是旅館請服務人員裝滿;如果問熱水,那麼請給一點小費,如果問冷水,那麼你得有心理準備,因為店家會給你自來水。最好的辦法就是自備瓶裝水,然後確實回收水瓶。
  • 嬰兒尿片:歐洲假期高峰期在高速公路或是省道上塞車的情況十分常見,為了解決憋尿問題,可以準備幾片尿布以便不時之需,不只男生適用、尤其是女生完全沒有”對準瓶口“的問題。使用方法:用外套罩著下半身,脫下褲子之後再將尿布墊著,就可以就地解放,完全沒有外漏的煩惱,也不會臭;既隱密又方便。
  • 清潔用品:潔齒口香糖、濕紙巾、面紙等清潔用品也都不要忘了,一路上包準用得到。

A well-planned road trip will bring you a lot of fun and unforgettable memories. I hope you will find this article useful and interesting. How about you, do you have some unforgettable travel stories that you would like to share with me? Below, I have a list for you about our 2017 road trip from Munich Germany to Peniscola Spain, a total of almost 4000 km. The list might give you some inspirations for your next travel destination.

一趟事先規劃好的自駕之旅可以帶來的樂趣無窮,也可以製造許多無限美好的回憶;做好完全準備與計畫,我們一起出發吧。希望你覺得這篇文章裡提到的小提醒都受用。你呢,有沒有特別精彩的旅行回憶呢?歡迎你與我們分享。以下也提供這趟將近四千公里,從德國經過瑞士、法國最後抵達西班牙的自駕行程文章;或許也可以給你一些旅遊目的地的靈感唷。

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Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.

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