Hungry for the road? It’s time to whip up your next delicious road trip.


  • 1 destination (optional)
  • 1 car (fuel efficiency recommended)
  • 1-3 road-trippers (if desired)
  • 1-2 weeks of research (to taste)

Prep time: varies
Yields: 1 tasty road trip


Find your radius. Empty your piggybank and count your vacation days. Road trips can be fairly cheap, but assume at least $100/day for gas, food, and lodging. Once you know how much money and time you can spend, you’ll know how far you can go.

Google stuff. If that doesn’t spark ideas for fun destinations within your radius, look at a map or check your Facebook friends’ photo galleries. Create a short list of what you’d like to see, then map a route to hit as many as possible.

Recruit fellow road-trippers. This one’s a no-brainer if you have kids at home. Otherwise, chances are you already have a few friends in mind. If you’re heading to a popular venue (like the Gorge in Washington) or a stadium, you can fill empty seats with like-minded folks by signing up to carpool.

Choose the car. Should you take your own or ask your fellow travelers? Consider your options – key ingredients include fuel efficiency, reliability, comfort, size, and a sound system. It’s a good idea to get a tune-up before you leave, and if it’s your car, you might want to think about cleaning it too.

Investigate the route. Look for points of interest along the way and loosely map your trip (while allowing built-in time for the unexpected detour). Things like the world’s largest fire hydrant and the dinosaur skeleton out for a walk provide perfect photo ops.

Map for food. Plan a few stops at some off-the-beaten-path restaurants — food plays a surprisingly key role in any successful road trip.

With the main ingredients in place, how you season your adventure is entirely up to you. Bon voyage!

To see what we’re cookin’ up around the nation, find us on Facebook. Hope to see you on the road this summer!

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Related links:

Top 20 Road Trip Snacks
Wired’s 15 Geeky Road Trip Gadgets

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about Ryan

During Ryan's tenure at Esurance, he headed up the online copy team, dedicating the majority of his time to improving the company’s (super gigantic) website. His blogging chops date all the way back to 2010, a mystical time when phones sometimes flipped open and his dog wasn’t even born yet.