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A 10,000-Mile Road Trip: Prepare to Enjoy the Ride

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10.09.2021

My wife and I are planning a once-in-a-lifetime, 10,000-mile, coast-to-coast road trip.

The dream is an epic journey along roads less traveled, but the reality is careful planning to lower our stress, prevent mishaps and spend money where it matters and save where it doesn’t. In doing so, we’ve unearthed some great resources and made some hard decisions.

Having a plan doesn’t mean no surprises. Indeed, surprises are the point.

“Road trips are unpredictable by nature — things like inclement weather, traffic, road closures, vehicle issues … can sneak up on you,” says Sanna Boman, editor in chief of travel planning site Roadtrippers. She recommends leaving just a little room for improvisation. A detour, she says, “often lends itself to more unexpected experiences and adventures.”

So if lockdowns or working from home has made you restless, here’s how to explore our amazing country by car.

This part suited me since I like buying cars and fantasizing about what to get. Here are the basic options for road trippers.

Buying or renting a van. This vehicle is often the go-to........

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