Packing up for a road trip is another tick off the bucket list; there’s no better feeling than the open road. The adventure, the fresh air, and the sense of freedom all wrapped into one make a road trip an experience that you’ll never forget.
There are a lot of things that can go right and wrong during a road trip. If you want to plan for the perfect social media-worthy getaway, then planning and preparation are key. Try not to get wrapped up in the excitement too much and forget these three points below.
Research and Plan Your Route
Canada is a huge place consisting of 13 provinces and territories. Heading out without a route can see you wasting a lot of time pulled over, staring at the map. It’s best to do some research about the tourist attractions, climate, and activities across the provinces so that you can decide upon a route that suits how you want to spend your time.
Some places are impassable by car, like the Rocky Mountains. Other provinces may take you weeks to reach from your departure destination. Doing some prior research and planning may seem the opposite of the spontaneous freeing road trip you planned, but not achieving any of your adventure goals is more regrettable.
Canada is the second-largest country in the world and does not disappoint when it comes to views. You can find nearly every type of landscape, from mountains to beaches and palm trees to snow. It’s home to culturally rich cities and sleepy forgotten in time villages.
With hundreds of miles of national parks and impressive river systems, Canada is home to an array of wildlife for the nature lover and adventure rafter to enjoy.
Top tourist attractions that people hate to miss are:
- Niagara Falls
- Rocky Mountains
- Old Quebec
- Whistler ski resort
Legal Obligations for a Smooth Adventure
When crossing Canada’s border, it’s essential that you’re aware that they have a few different and important road laws from the U.S. For a smooth cruising adventure, you must take these into consideration and plan accordingly.
For example, don’t hit the highway foot down, in Canada, most major roads have a strict 50 kph speed limit.
Some provinces at certain times of the year will require you by law to install snow tires or chains to your vehicle.
Lastly, you must speak with your auto insurance broker before heading there. This way, you can be reassured that your insurance policy covers what you need it to by law and for the duration of your trip. For those of you that are road tripping for an extended period, you may have to change your policy or bump up your coverage to abide by Canadian law.
Once you’ve prepared your route and done your research, you can make a picture-perfect itinerary. From here, take some time to focus on your vehicle and ensure its Canada roadworthy and brush up on the law, so you don’t put a damper on your adventure with a ticket. Finally, get packing, and most importantly, don’t forget the camera!