Today, one of the all-time classic road trip movies gets a reboot with the release of “Vacation,” based on the 1983 favorite. You know we love a good road trip here at Best Western, so in honor of the family vacation taking front and center in the movie theaters, we rounded up some road trip tips inspired by the Griswold family.
- Become a AAA Member
AAA membership boasts a wide range of benefits, and is especially helpful when you’re driving in unfamiliar territory. Depending on your membership level, you can count on AAA to provide towing, emergency fuel, and AAA Battery Service. AAA members who stay at Best Western earn additional perks when enrolled in AAA PreferredSM Best Western Rewards®.
2. Check, double-check and triple-check the operating hours of any attractions
Clark Griswold didn’t have the convenience of a smartphone with a data plan back in 1983, but travelers today have smartphones, tablets and any number of apps to stay informed before, during and after a trip. Resea
rch your trip ahead of time and stay apprised of information on the road, keeping tabs on your destination’s goings-on. Popular attractions like Disney World even have their own apps to plan trips and itineraries.
- Pack smart
Like Clark, you never know what kind of weather conditions you’ll end up in – especially in Arizona where you can be in the parched desert under the blazing sun one scene, and practically drowning in a monsoon the next. Prepare yourselves for the elements and the unexpected by keeping an emergency kit in your trunk and plenty of water and sunscreen. Our Latino family travel expert, Manny Ruiz, also has a few tips for road trip packing essentials.
There’s still time to fit in a family road trip before school starts – whether or not you’ve seen the movie, now you know how to avoid Clark Griswold’s mistakes.