When planning our Coast to coast travel through the United States and Canada, there are four important aspects that we had to take into account before it.
As a fundamental requirement for the success of this trip, it is important to be aware that happiness is in the way, not in the goal.
It's about a road trip, so that peace and meaning must be found in make the way. This is a basic aspect in this type of routes where the highway It becomes an essential part of the experience.
Rental car requirements
In our case, we prefer to use a saloon car, staying primarily in roadside motels essentially. Another alternative would be to make the trip in type vehicles motorhome (Recreational Vehicle or RV, as they call them in the United States), but it would have an absolutely different approach.
In my opinion, the vehicle must meet the following minimum requirements:
- spacious and comfortable, because we will travel many kilometers.
- automatic gearshift
- highly recommended that the vehicle has the device cruise control in order to set the speed. The long lines, the use of highways or interstate They require a relaxed driving.
- it is necessary to carry the international driving license, together with the original driving license of our country.
- he GPS It is a great facilitator of the trip. For us it has been really essential to improve the conference; we took one from Barcelona, already updated with the roads of the USA and Canada. It is cheaper so rent a car with built-in GPS.
Rental car next to a motel
Accommodation in motels
In our trip we have spent the night essentially in road motels more or less close to our destinations. The reservations have been made online, and we had permanently booked the next two or three nights, updating these reservations almost daily.
However, in some places it is convenient to book well in advance (Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, San Francisco and New York).
The motels offer reasonable prices, generous rooms, simple breakfast (usually included), Wi-Fi in the rooms and free parking in front of the room.
Laptop and internet
Carrying a laptop is, today, essential to optimize the trip, to gain peace of mind and comfort, to save money from calls, and to plan the trip as it goes by.
In our case we used two laptops with Internet modem connection, which allowed us to be in touch with family and friends (mails, Skype), stay connected to the world (news, professional management) and be able to go looking for information for the following days of the route. And, likewise, download movies to watch them in the hotel room.
Obviously, carrying a credit card with sufficient limit is essential to make hotel / motel reservations via the Internet.
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