Solo Road Tripping Through The East Coast: What You Should Know

By Parker Diakite


In an increasingly connected world, it comes to no surprise that people are vacationing more and choosing to do it alone.

A recent survey by Agoda, a group of online travel agents, revealed that travelers are opting for solo travel adventures to take a break from the stresses of modern living. The survey found that 61 percent of respondents prefer to travel alone versus 48 percent of those surveyed who would travel with friends.

And while places like Japan and Thailand rank among the top destinations for solo travelers, domestic road trips are up there on the list.

Related Post: The Pros And Cons Of Traveling Solo 

It may come as a surprise that what many thought to be an experience left in a time capsule could be so popular, but for many people, the nostalgia from road trips that keep them yearning for adventure, according to a survey by Zipcar. 

With beautiful cities such as Atlanta, Washington, Miami, Boston, Baltimore, and Charleston, the East Coast offers a great road trip for people looking for a variety of scenery.

If you’re planning a road-trip adventure on the East Coast, here are some things you should consider:

Safety First: Car Inspections

You cannot take a road trip without a car that’s been fully inspected.  You want to be prepared for the unpredictable weather on the East Coast. Be sure to have your brakes, tires, lights, battery, and fluids fully inspected before your trip

Communicate Your Plans

Speaking of safety, because you are traveling alone, be sure to tell someone about your plans. Discuss your accommodations and the routes you plan to travel. Don’t forget to check-in with your person of contact as you reach each destination.

Have Your Technology and Battery Backups

It’s wise to have backup devices and batteries to charge your phone, tablet, or laptop in the event of an emergency.  Put backup batteries in the glove compartment and purchase a converter to plug in during your drive to charge your things.

Even though technology is wonderful, we can be too reliant on it at times. Dig out your physical road map and have it as a backup just in case you wind up in a dead spot.

Pack An Emergency Car Kit

AAA strongly urges drivers to keep emergency kits in their cars at all times. Kits should include jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, warning devices such as flares, first aid supplies, a basic tool kit and nonperishable snacks and water.

Stock Up On Entertainment

Chances are you are embarking on a solo trip to enjoy the scenery but there are those ugly times where you may be in traffic.  Be sure to stock up on entertainment, including music, audiobooks and podcasts.

Know The Laws

If you are renting out an RV or planning to camp in your car, know the laws in each state you are visiting on the East Coast. Some states allow you to stay overnight at rest stops and others do not.

 Take Breaks

Don’t overdo your adventure. Make sure you are taking frequent breaks from driving and getting an adequate amount of rest.

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