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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Top 10 Tips for a Top Road Trip

If you're planning a road trip this summer here are a few tips to make it run smoothly

  • Switch off the satnav - great for finding your way from A to B but not great when it comes to finding interesting places en route
  • get yourself lost - if you have a Satnav, phone or a road map you're not really lost as you can always find your way back...eventually. I have found all the best shortcuts to places by getting myself lost, especially when moving to a new area
  • bring out the Ordnance Survey map - a big book road map is good for following the main roads but if you want to find some out of the way places then an Ordance Survey map is great

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  • Fill up your tank - In some areas petrol stations are very few and far between off the beaten track
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  • turn off the main roads - there's not a lot to see on the main roads and motorways apart from lay-by's and service stations, turn off somewhere along the way and discover something new

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  • Food - pack a picnic and plenty of drinks, even if you are lost for a while you know that you won't starve
  • Company - take a friend, not only to keep you company but as a pair of hands to change the music, hand you snacks and keep your spirits up if you do become well and truly lost
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  • Slow down - take time to look around at the scenery and wherever possible pull over to the side of the road, get out of the car and take in the scenery

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  • Music - charge up the ipod with your favourite driving tunes, you cannot beat Sweet Caroline blasting out when the sun is shining

  • Money - take some cash with you and small change as you don't see many cash points out in the country but you may need some cash for stopping off for a cream tea or ice cream or paying for a beach car park

We set off to discover some beaches along the Dumfries & Galloway coast. The A75 is no fun as it's often just a single lane in each direction and full of lorries en route to Stranraer. Just off this A road there are lots of quiet lanes leading to beaches, villages and Lochs.

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We found a few little beaches on our road trip - one that was great for digging and burying big brother....

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one that was great for finding sea creatures in the rock pools....

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and one that sold great ice creams...

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The weather was absolutely fabulous, which helped make the trip extra special but even when the days started off a little miserable there was plenty to do in the area including touring an ice cream factory and making chocolates at the chocolate factory.

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I received £50 towards the cost of filling up our tank for our Moneysupermarket #roadtripchallenge 


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