I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I had gotten some books. Unfortunately, many of the "open road" books have to do with RV living. While I certainly don't think that traveling RV style is bad (some of my best blog friends travel this way), it would be nice if there was literature addressed to those of us who road trip in a regular vehicle and pay for lodging. Perhaps that's where my future book likes? I also explored some traditional "road trip" books with some magazines. Many of the magazines were actually originally motorcycle magazines, which I found interesting. Later on this week I'll write about frugal road tripping, especially as a single gal (for example, yes, I eat in restaurants. No, I dont carry a weapon). First, though, a few thoughts my recent readings and travel resources:
- American Road Magazine, is in theory a motorcycle magazine. They are all about epxloring America's two lane highways.They have a lovely website with many itineraries and a magazine that is published four times a year. While the magazine can be a bit advertisement heavy, they always have four to five routes, with full descriptions and advice. Two that are mentioned in the current issue are Route 66 and driving along the Columbia River.
- RVing Solo Across America is half advice, have travelouge. Louis Requist describes her preparations and her experiences traveling the USA and Canada alone. The beginning session describes her decision making (and her concerns), the main desction describes her roadtripping, and the end includes appendixes and resources. While most of these were things I alread took into consideration (and will write about this week), the resources provided were helpful.
- For Women Only, Traveling Solo In Your RV was an interesting book,but one that I just scanned because I prefer to travel in a car. Women looking to travel alone in an RV will probably find it helpful as it has lots of technical advise about choosing vehcles, packing and the like-most of which is meant for RVers.
- My experience in road tripping is that I rely less on books than other resources. However, when it comes to books, Road Trip USA is the standard for two lane US travel. They also have a website. Both this book and and books-at least for routes and suggestions where to eat. This book and Lonely Planet USA's best trips have in my opinion the best route suggestions.
- Here in Texas we have a variety of magazines dedicated to Texas travel and roadtripping, and I expect that most states have similar magazines. I'm not talking about the big glossies that the major cities put out, but rather magazines that talk about other parts of the state. Here in Texas we have Texas Hiways Magazine for example, along with Hill Country magazine. Most of these have websites, and when I travel my roadtrips, I make sure to check them out extensively.
These are just a few of the resources I've explored lately to up my road trip experience. In all fairness though, I should add that a couple of my best road trip experiences were when I ignored common sense and directions and followed my instincts. Getting off the road and ignoring the route have worked well for me.
What about you-do you travel on the road? How do you decide where you will go and what you plan? Are you a seat of the pants person or a "must have a plan" kind of guy.