In my book, trip planning is half the fun of the whole travel experience. It’s a joy for me to think about all the cool places I can go, all the great roads waiting for my two wheels to come and experience them and all the interesting characters I will meet along the way. Plus, I absolutely adore maps.
There’s nothing more satisfying than having your morning cup of coffee and looking at all the cool places that map can take you to. So many possibilities and so many places to explore! Sometimes, when it gets overwhelming to me, I make a plan a, b and c, and then just head out and make a decision based upon the scenery where the map and my motorcycle meet reality.
I have a GPS on the bike, but I always still have maps with me. There’s something rewarding about seeing the whole picture, not just the small square that the GPS screen shows me. But for navigating to specific addresses, nothing beats the GPS.
I tend to travel prepared for anything. I have several layers of clothing with me, plenty of water and snacks, and if it’s more than a day trip, I always have my tent and sleeping bag with me just in case I get stuck somewhere. Having the tent along also gives me more flexibility…if I find a beautiful spot where I want stop for the night, or if I am having one of those bliss-in-the-saddle days and all I want to do is to pound the miles until I drop from exhaustion, I’m prepared.
Have you heard about the Roadside America website? It’s an online guide to some of the strangest tourist places you could imagine. They have a drop-down map systems that helps you see what's nearby using Google Maps loaded with Roadside America sights. Another really cool feature of the site is when you click on a roadside attraction to read about it, the page also displays nearby lodging options with prices, so it makes trip planning super easy.
What are some of the tools you use to plan trips? I’d love to know.