TIPS FOR A SUMMER ROAD TRIP – The Frugal Gypsy

TIPS FOR A SUMMER ROAD TRIP – The Frugal Gypsy

My Gypsy friend, Irene, is addicted to travel. Each summer she embarks on an extended road trip. Weeks before she hits the road she begins her preparation with an extensive ‘TO DO LIST’. First, with her destinations in mind she creates a budget by mapping her route to determine how many days and miles each leg of her trip will encompass. Next comes budgeting for gas, food and lodging. As a premium member of AAA road side assistance she uses AAA Trip Tik for maps and directions and the GasBuddy app to find the cheapest gas prices. Her next step is to perform a basic maintenance check on the most important parts of her vehicle including the tires, oil, battery, brakes, fluids and wiper blades. Finally, confirming that the spare tire is properly inflated and the jack is in place. Packing like a pro she collapses the back seats of her Jeep and lays out her sleeping bag, pillow, blankets & a flash light. On the floor of the front passenger seat she loads an emergency car kit, a first aid kit and folder with important phone numbers, including AAA and state police for each state she is.traveling in.  She also takes maps and an atlas, since GPS and cell phones can lose a signal. She leaves the front passenger seat open for a cooler with food and drinks. Lastly she packs several tote bags. One with cool weather attire, one with summer wear and a smaller tote with a few changes of clothes and toiletries. With the car loaded she’s ready to roll. Her traveling day starts at first light and ends at dusk. Her nights are spent at truck stops which allow her to sleep in her car, feeling safe and having access to showers and bathroom facilities. On the last night of each leg she checks into a motel so that she arrives at her destination refreshed and well rested. As a friend and as well as a neighbor I am responsible for a weekly check on her home. On my first visit this season I noticed a folder on the dining room table with my name in bold letters. Opening the folder I found a calendar with her itinerary including the names and phones numbers of each person she is visiting as well as all of her emergency contact info plus bank account and credit card numbers. Her closing words to me were, “Thank you my friend and always remember to prepare for the unexpected”. This Frugal Traveling Tip is brought to you by VRM Telematic/Sentinel Pro.         https://www.drivewithsentinel.com/    http://www.sentinelprofleet.com

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