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Top 10 Retro Roadmap Roadtrip Tips!

Posted on: May 29, 2015


Mod Betty & Retro Roadhusband are heading home from a bucket list roadtrip and we had such an awesome time, we wanted to make sure you did too on your next Retro Roadtrip. Here are a few tips to make the most of your trip!

1. Make The Most of a Layover!

Make The Most of a Layover

OK so this doesn’t technically happen often on a roadtrip, but if you have extended time between flights or destinations, make the most of it! We had a 6 hour layover in San Francisco en route to Portland, and were able to meet up with pals who live in the area. We did some sightseeing, had a bite and a drink, and had a great time! So much better than spending that time in the airport.

2. Meet up With Friends – or Make New Ones!

Meet Friends or Make Some New Ones

Speaking of pals, if your schedule allows, it’s always nice to meet up with folks you don’t see often – and get introduced to their pals as well 🙂

3.Get Recommendations from the Locals!

Support Local Businesses

Social media is great for this – “send up a flare” and let folks know you’ll be in the area, and see what recommendations people have. We had an awesome breakfast and stayed in a great hotel, both I would not have known about except for the kindness of strangers.

4. Take Advantage of Unique Opportunities!

Take Advantage of Unique Opportunities

Are you near the biggest roller rink west of the Mississippi? Go Roller Skating! Remember, you may never be back here again!

5. Search Out Your Favorite Things!

Search Out Your Favorite Things

On the flipside – is there something you really like, like tiki bars for example? See if there are any in the area you’re visiting!

6. Stay in Unique Lodging!

Stay in Unusual Lodgings

I do my best to scout out cool vintage places to stay, and only stay in chains when there is nothing else available. How else would we have the memories to last a lifetime of staying in a hotel that was a renovated elementary school?

7. Stop to Snap Photos!

Stop to Snap Photos

Remember to snap some photos along the way – whether you dig nature’s beauty or tacky roadside signs, they’ll remind you of the drive.

8. Enjoy The Drive!

Enjoy The Scenery On The Road

Sing along to the radio, “goop” out the window and suck it all in – that’s why you’re on the road and not in the sky!

9.Try Regional Foods!

Try Regional Snacks

See a candy that doesn’t look familiar? Potato chips of a local brand? Use this opportunity to expand your culinary reach!

10. Send Postcards!

Send Postcards
While sharing photos online are swell for immediacy, nothing beats sending good ol’ postcards back home to folks – and to yourself, for lasting memories of your Retro Roadmap Roadtrip!

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