Driving to a new destination can often be intimidating, especially at night. When you are driving somewhere that you have never been before it is easy to overlook important landmarks and road signs, which may result in you getting lost. When traveling somewhere new try and follow these tips to stay calm and enjoy the trip, rather than be overwhelmed by unfamiliar roads and impatient commuters.
The most important thing to remember when driving to an unusual destination is to pay attention. After all, this isn't the neighborhood you grew up in. Driving long distances can often be hypnotic, and everyone has experienced the phenomenon of reaching your destination without remembering exactly how they got there. Especially on highways and interstates, the mind has a tendency to wander. By actively paying attention to your surroundings, and not just the cars sharing the roadway, you will be able to locate the landmarks and road signs that will help you find your way as well as help you stay safe.
Remember, many hazardous situations can be avoided if you stay on the defensive. This doesn't mean you have to be overly paranoid but you do have to keep your wits about you. We all have internal red flags that can be raised when something doesn't feel right. Therefore, be savvy about where you stop for rest, meals, or bathroom breaks. Don't go into unfriendly looking areas and if you get vibes that something isn't right when you do get out of your car, do yourself a favor and get back in. Regardless if your four year old "really needs to go" or your ten year old says they are thirsty, use your instincts and gauge your surroundings. This will provide for your safety in the long run.
Keeping a relaxed and positive attitude is important when traveling somewhere new. To avoid getting unduly frustrated and stressing over your trip, leave early to give yourself enough time to find your way. You definitely do not want to be rushed when trying to find an unfamiliar destination, and there may be some things you would like to stop and see while you are on the road. If you know that you will be driving through a tourist area and want to check out the sites, give yourself the time to do so. When you have the ability to explore your new surroundings you will be much more likely to enjoy your drive. You also may find your next vacation destination.
Although traveling to a new place can be overwhelming, do not let yourself succumb to the frustration that many traveler's feel. Make sure that you get plenty of sleep before you start your drive and do everything you can to remain relaxed. Keep a positive attitude, after all its your vacation and we are betting that your family would rather have you in "vacation mode" rather than the normal stressed out, overworked you.