In Destinations, Travel, Travel Tips, USA

People often ask how I’m able to travel so often. The truth is: I just make it a priority. It’s that simple. There are a lot of things you can do to make it work: budget, eat out less, travel offseason and, if you have a full-time job, take advantage of long weekends. (Seriously, there are sneaky things you can do with a long weekend.)

And in my opinion, one of the best ways to sneak in some travel is a good old-fashioned road trip. Not only is it easier to hop in your car, but there’s something so personal about exploring in a car. The opportunity to pull off the side of the road to grab a great foliage shot (like the above shot), singing at the top of your lungs without offending anyone (no, of course, you sound great) and being able to pack all of your full-size toiletries (I like to be prepared).

Living in New England, I’m pretty lucky to have some road trip friendly destinations that are perfect for a quick getaway. Regardless of how close you are to your final destination, being prepared is key to planning a road trip.

Here are three of my road trip hacks so you can jump in the car the minute your Saturday morning coffee is brewed.

1. Book a cozy hotel.

There’s nothing like feeling at home after a day of driving or exploring. Booking a cozy room with a comfy bed is key to a great road trip.

2. Make a great playlist.

I’m a playlist maniac so this is a no-brainer for me. I make a new playlist every month, which you can check out here. I even have a road trip playlist that I keep updated so I have all of my favorite tunes ready to go when I am.

If you’re into podcasts, then I would recommend downloading a few. I’m a big fan of S-town, Pod Save America, and Lovett or Leave it. (The last two are political, so apologies if that’s not your jam.)

3. Have AAA.

Last, but not least, get a AAA membership. Seriously, this is key. You never know when roadside troubles might pop-up and the peace of mind that AAA offers is priceless. I was recently heading out on a road trip to Portland, Maine when my car alerted me that one of my week-old tires was flat. Yep, a huge piece of metal was the culprit. (Ah, city living.) Luckily, I had my AAA card with me and my roadside hero saved me. He arrived within an hour, put on my spare donut tire, and I was on my way to the auto repair shop to get a new tire. It’s was quite the adventure.

Do you have any adventures with AAA? If so, I want to hear about them!

Head over to Instagram, and share your stories with me on either my Instagram post. Make sure to include the #AdventureswithAAA hashtag and tag AAA. (Additional entries for tagging a friend and following AAA.) One lucky winner will win a one-year membership to AAA Northeast! (Terms and conditions apply. See bottom of the post for details.)

In the spirit of the classic New England road trip, here a few trips that I can’t recommend more highly.

Portland, Maine | Road trip hacks with AAA | The Stopover with Meaghan Murray

Portland, Maine

Just two hours north of Boston, Portland is a charming seaside town that is home to countless breweries and incredible restaurants, like Honey Paw and Central Provisions.

Nantucket, MA | Road trip hacks with AAA | The Stopover with Meaghan Murray

Nantucket, MA

A quaint island off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a quick road trip (and boat ride). It’s the perfect place to rent a beach cruiser, or Jeep, and cruise around exploring each cozy corner of the island.

Stowe, Vermont | Road trip hacks with AAA | The Stopover with Meaghan Murray

Stowe, Vermont

I’m not a skier but Stowe in the winter is a ton of fun. I recommend a gondola ride to the top of Stowe mountain, then a stop at the Alchemist Brewery and dinner at Doc Ponds.

If you want to check out my other travel tips and hacks, head over to my Travel Tips section.

This post was created in partnership with AAA Northeast. All opinions, thoughts, and images are my own.

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