Luxury road trips on a budget

Have you ever dreamed of cruising down a sunny highway in your beautiful vintage car? Why not make it happen? It doesn’t need to cost the Earth, and it’s something you can do with friends or family, ensuring an exciting experience for everyone.

Dream destinations

When you’re driving in a beautiful car, you really need the scenery to complement it. Classic American drives include the Pacific Coast Highway, taking in San Francisco and Los Angeles beside the dazzling blue ocean; Highway 67 across the Arizona desert to the Grand Canyon, with the most stars you’ll ever see appearing when the sun goes down; and Highway 411 up through the Smoky Mountain National Park, where you can see elk grazing by the side of the road. If you really want to do something special, you could fly to Paris and hire a luxury car for a road trip across France along the long, tree-lined roads that Napoleon had built for his armies to march along.

Planning a trip

The secret to a successful trip lies in good planning. This doesn’t mean you can’t be spontaneous later on, but it does mean you’ll be well prepared and less likely to run into any significant problems. Start by going over the route and identifying accommodation and good places to stop for breaks in between. Work out your budget and set up a TransFast account in case of emergency. Plan your packing, including not just clothes but things like snacks, water, a first aid kit and any documents you might need.

Preparing the car

One of the most important things, naturally, is to prepare the car. Older cars were simply not built with safety in mind, and they don’t contain all the useful gadgets you can find in modern ones either, but you can do something about this. It’s simple to switch to radial tires and upgrade your braking system, and you can fit effective seatbelts that still suit the style of your vehicle.

If you’re traveling somewhere remote, you may not be able to find a mechanic with the skills to fix the car if it’s damaged, so it’s best to be prepared to carry out basic repairs yourself. This means carrying a good toolkit and educating yourself about how the car works. If it’s a relatively new purchase, never assume that your knowledge of a similar machine will be adequate.

Saving money

If you have room in your car, you can save a lot of money by packing food so that you don’t have to keep stopping when you get hungry. Plan your route so you can keep these supplies topped up, and avoid depending on drive-thrus or small towns where there’s so little competition that restaurants can charge what they like. You can even carry a small camping stove so you can cook by the roadside, and you can consider staying in a tent to save on the cost of lodgings.

Fun for everyone

Finally, don’t forget to make sure the trip is fun for everyone. Pack some games and a stereo (with plenty of batteries). If you’re traveling with kids, encourage them to look out for wildlife. Welcome their suggestions and you’ll have an excellent vacation.


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