Red Roof sponsored this post, but all opinions expressed are my own.
The best part of a road trip is the freedom it provides. If there’s a scenic overlook, an interesting roadside attraction or just the need for a comfort stop, no problem. Stopping, going… it’s all your call.
The flexibility inherent in a road trip takes a lot of the stress out of traveling, so unless a destination is on the opposite coast, I’ll often choose to drive there rather than fly, and I very rarely book my hotels in advance along the route because I never know exactly where I’ll stop. In the winter, I’ll quit driving around dusk, but in the summer, I take advantage of the extra hours of light and push a bit further.
Usually, that means I pull into a hotel off the highway and check for vacancies. When I traveled with my family as a child, hotel signs flashed “vacancy” or “no vacancy”, so it was easier to find a room on the fly, but those days are over, and so when I wing it these days, sometimes I luck out, and sometimes I don’t.
I remember a family road trip where we’d driven all day and were absolutely exhausted when we stopped to check for a hotel, but none of the hotels in the area had any vacancies because of a “Mule Days” festival. Who knew? We stopped at exit after exit and couldn’t find a single room. We ended up having to drive three more hours and finally found a place to stay at about 3 a.m. It was awful!
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I still have several road trips planned for this summer and fall, including a big one to New York State with my daughter. I’ll already be in Virginia on another road trip, so I need to fly her to meet me “somewhere yet to be determined” along my route to New York State. Once I pick her up, we’ll head to our final destination for a week before driving back home. Believe me, I’m going to be relying on the simplicity of RedRoof.com to book and secure the best rate while traveling.
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