Road trips are not new concepts; explorers have been taking them for years. But what about hitting the road solo? Travelling alone can either be a meaningful trip of introspection or a dreary lonesome journey that has you trundling along roads wondering when you will get there – wherever “there” is. The good news is that there are ways to make a solo trip an enjoyable experience. Here’s how
If you are setting out on a pleasure trip of your own, it’s best not to have a fixed agenda. By all means, chart out a tentative route you – but keep an open mind and hold off on bookings along the way. That way if you come across a spot that you love, you have the luxury of spending some extra time there before moving on. Or you could take a detour to visit a place that a fellow traveler suggested at your last stop.
Music for Company
There is nothing more peaceful than driving at dusk along an empty road through the hills or by the ocean with your favourite music as a backdrop. This becomes so much easier with Ford SYNC 3 – a class-leading infotainment system with a touchscreen offered on all Ford cars. SYNC 3 easily lets you connect your smartphone or any other media device so you can listen to your favourite music, podcasts or audio-books. It is easy to operate with simple, conversational voice commands so that you can keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times. Set it up to your Bluetooth or simply plug through a USB cable, and you’ve got the perfect travel buddy!
Tip: Create different playlists for different moods. That way you’ll have the perfect musical company to match your emotions.
Navigate Like a Pro
While solo trips are a great way to find yourself, getting lost (geographically) isn’t a great idea. So, use a navigation system to find the best routes; this way you don’t have to worry about driving around in circles. Use the SYNC 3 infotainment system on Ford cars to your advantage. This smart in-car entertainment system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and supports navigation via Google Maps.
On the other hand, if human interaction is what you crave on your solo trip, stop and chat with fellow travelers over a steaming cup of tea or coffee. You may also learn something new about the region you are in.
You know how they say, ‘Life is a journey, not a destination.’ Well, the same goes for solo road trips. Don’t rush your trip; take your time and enjoy the solitude that it brings. To make your drive even more enjoyable, the Ford EcoSport Automatic includes a Cruise Control feature that lets you adjust the speed according to your preference. So, you can sit back and enjoy a pleasant journey.
Rather than burden yourself with carrying loads of foods, try to sample as many regional cuisines as you can along your way. When you decide to make a pit stop, look for places that “look local” and are crowded. Chances are they will provide you with authentic and freshly cooked meals from the region. But make sure you have plenty of water and easy-to-eat snacks at arm’s reach, to keep yourself hydrated and maintain energy levels. With the many smart storage spaces in the Ford Endeavour, this is more than possible.
Travelling solo is not as dull or lonesome as people make it seem. It’s a great way to connect with yourself while exploring the world. So, map your route, pack a bag and head for the open world. There’s so much you will discover.