Car travel gained prominence as a safe option during the pandemic, boosting demand for destinations close to major centers and accommodation for short periods. And this trend came to stay even with the end of health restrictions. This is a cheaper alternative that allows you to escape your routine for just a few days.
According to research by Google, released in March 2023, in Brazil, searches for routes at a distance of up to 250 kilometers have increased by 156% since 2019. Those dedicated to destinations of 3,500 kilometers or more, which mainly include international destinations, have fallen by 77%. At the same time, searches for the term “3-day trips” grew by 130% in the first months of the year compared to the same period in 2022.
Car trips also support another trend: exploring unknown places. According to a survey of Expedia Regarding global tourism trends for 2023, tourists have chosen to experience new destinations to the detriment of large urban centers. Therefore, there is a preference for cities that are closer and that are not always on the axis of traditional tourism.
If you're thinking about hitting the road, check out the tips we've put together to help you to plan Your trip:
Research and do the math
Even if it's a trip lasting just a few days, it's essential to research the destination in advance for a positive experience. In addition to planning the itinerary, it is possible to obtain more advantageous rates on hosting means, especially in low season, and ensure you book at an establishment that meets your needs.
It's also worth doing the math and checking whether it's worth taking your own car or renting it. To do this, consider fuel and maintenance costs, and also whether the space will be enough to accommodate all passengers and luggage. In some cases, it may be more advantageous to rent a more economical vehicle or one with more space to ensure everyone's comfort.
Maintain your car
If you decide to travel with your own car, don't forget to have it serviced by a trusted mechanic. It is essential to ensure the proper functioning of the vehicle, not forgetting to check the condition of the tires and oil, and the water level, so as not to be left in the lurch along the way. The tip is also to always have your emergency contact at hand in case your car has any problems on the road.
Depending on the distance and the travelers' needs, the ideal is to plan stops to refuel the car, eat food and use the bathroom every two hours. If the trip includes children, elderly or people with special needs, the interval may be shorter. If the trip is long, the driver needs longer periods to rest. Therefore, consider this when planning your route, making sure there are suitable stopping points.
In fact, these moments can be an opportunity to discover other cities or points of interest that are on the way. Therefore, advance research can enrich the experience.
Bring snacks, water and an emergency kit
Even with everything planned, travelers can be surprised by traffic jams and other unexpected events. So, the recommendation is to take on board snacks that are easy to consume in the car, water and an emergency kit with first aid items and basic medicines.
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