How to plan for an impromptu trip

David Smith visited South Padre Beach after a split decision to get away from his home town in Beeville,Tx. Smith planned only that he would go to South Padre, but did not plan on what he’d do while there other than making it to see sunrise with his girlfriend. Smith says he had a “fantastic trip, even though it was the beach and I burn like crazy. I’d go again in a heartbeat, but maybe next time plan more as far as my budget.” He plans to work in and move back to Belton for the rest of the summer, so the impromptu trips may take the back burner for a while. Photo by Jasmin Ortiz.

It’s officially summer for the vast majority of crusaders out there, and along with summer comes vacationing and trips around the state and around the world. Some people plan months in advance. However, there are those who prefer to go with the flow and take trips on the spur of the moment. These types of trips, while fun, could still be planned for and given some thought to make for a better experience overall.

  1. Budget

Whether you’re making a day trip to the nearest city or taking a weekend getaway to the nearest beach, make sure to know a general maximum you want to spend while out. Having a budget helps to guide you on spending, and it makes sure that you don’t overspend. Always factor in gas and lodging costs, as these can often be the biggest costs.

  1. Transportation is key

Make sure to gas up before a big trip, and make sure your car is in the best condition possible before making a long drive. Check your gas, and make sure your oil is topped off, and check the air pressure in your tires. Not sure how to do these things yourself? Check out your local Jiffy Lube and Discount Tire. Often, these stores will check your car for free. Making sure your car is in top condition before taking off on a trip ensures that you won’t end up getting stuck somewhere.

  1. Have a general idea

Even when making an impromptu trip, you should have a general idea of what you want to do when you make it to your location. Whether you want to wander the streets and ask locals for ideas of how to spend your day, or just want to do one specific activity, knowing what you want helps even when making a spontaneous trip. It can help with your budget, as well as knowing your time frame and how long you’ll want to stay.

  1. Be OK with being flexible

When making a spontaneous trip, it is important to realize that some of the luxuries of planning will have to be given up, like planned out visits to museums and monuments that might otherwise be sold out. Look up online what types of things are popular in the city that don’t require planning, and then try to abide by those. This can help you figure out a general idea of what can be accomplished while on your trip. Also, when planning an overnight trip, call ahead to see what is available. This can save you from spending a night in the car.

Spontaneous impromptu trips can be a fun way to get away this summer, but it’s important to be smart about how you go about it. If you follow these tips, you can be on your way to a safe and fun trip away.


Author: Jasmin Ortiz

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