A couple’s road trip seems like a great idea for strengthening your romantic relationship. But it can be fraught with issues, too, many of which may well signal the beginning of the end – and that’s exactly what you don’t want to happen! Instead of winging it, we suggest keeping these tips in mind for a great road trip with your significant other.
Check Out the Car Rentals
Many national car rental companies, such as Lowe’s and Hertz, offer satisfactory terms and conditions on their services – and it’s an opportunity worthy for grabbing! You should be able to rent a car that suits your route and destination well, whether it’s in sunny California or in wintry Minnesota. You can also spare your car the wear and tear that usually comes with a prolonged road trip.
Be careful about reading the fine print on the rental contract, however, as these may not be in your favor. You should also read the reviews on the local branches since each brand will provide unique experiences, whether for the good or the bad.
Coverage for Eventuality
Travel insurance is always a must when you’re on a road trip in a rental car – or in your own car, for that matter. You may not want untoward incidents to happen on the road but you have to be prepared for their occurrence. You should then ask the staff about insurance and check the contract, just to be sure.
If you have a credit card with travel accident insurance, then it means more coverage for you and your significant other. Many of these credit cards also provide auto rental collision damage waiver for overage of theft and/or damages.
During the planning stage of your couple’s road trip, you have to think and act like a couple already, particularly a couple that agrees on most things and agrees to disagree on others. Your couple mindset will serve you well on the trip, especially when dealing with emergencies.
A few things to discuss with your partner:
- The route including the rest stops, such as restaurants and hotels, to your destination
- The stopovers for enjoying local activities and taking photos, among other activities outside of the car
- The people who may want to join the trip, such as another couple, and the ground rules including the sharing of costs
- The responsibilities of each person on the trip, from packing the things, booking the rooms, and ordering the food to refilling the tank, changing the tires, and repairing the car
Indeed, the more detailed your couple’s road trip was planned, the more likely it will be successful and enjoyable. But leave room for spontaneity, too, since it’s the spice of a relationship!