You deserve to take a break to maintain a healthy mental well-being. Good mental health enhances your ability to cope with stress and recover from challenges life throws at you. One way to take care of yourself is to go on road trips.
A road trip allows you to take a quick escape from your daily routine and spend quality time with yourself or with your family and friends.
Explore and Discover New Things
A road trip, either alone or with a group of friends, gives you more freedom. You will have full control of your trip, from deciding your departure time to choosing your itinerary and stops. It allows you to stop anytime you see something interesting along the way, as well.
Road trips are also a great opportunity to see natural wonders from a different perspective. You can witness how landscapes change as you drive farther. You’ll also be able to learn about different communities, and engage with locals.
This is a cost-efficient way of travelling, too, especially if you’re in a group. Driving somewhere with your car is more affordable than buying a plane or train tickets for each of you. Your group can also pack as many things as you can fit in your car trunk.
But where will go?
Options for Your Destination
Canada is a traveller’s haven. The places to visit are almost limitless. Here are the top three places you shouldn’t miss when you go on a road trip:
- Vancouver – located in western Canada, the coastal seaport city features endless outdoor activities and delectable food that offers diverse flavors, from Vietnamese to traditional North American cuisines. You can spend your morning skiing and your afternoon at the beach.
- Kamloops – this location is popular for being the tournament capital of Canada because of the world-class sporting events that happen here each year. The city hosts hiking and biking trails during summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the colder months.
- St John’s – this destination showcases unique vibes and endless charm. The hilly streets are lined with electrically-colored houses where you can draw inspirations. The city is home to artists, musicians, and small-town heroes.
Of course, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle’s well maintained before exploring Canada. It can’t travel where you want it if the tires blow out or the engine stalls. Take your car to a local garage, get it inspected, and repair what needs repairing. Don’t overlook what may seem like a minor issue; chipped windshield auto glass, for example, may affect how you see the road.
Getting your car ready isn’t the only thing to do before you go on a road trip across Canada. You’ll also want to spend time on research to give you an idea of what to expect during your trip. Language, for instance, can be a problem. Depending on where you go, not everyone in Canada speaks English. Many speak in French, particularly those in Quebec. Be sure to learn some basic French phrases before you hit the road.
Then, learn the traffic rules. You don’t want to be pulled over because you’ve been overspeeding.
The speed limit on all motorways is normally 100km/hr but it can go up to 120km/hr, depending on where you are. In some provinces, switching your car’s lights on is a requirement even when you’re driving during the daytime.
A road trip is an exhilarating way to manage stress. So prep your vehicle, plan your destinations, and explore the scenic roads.