There’s nothing better than exploring the world out on the open road. Driving is freeing, relaxing, and a more spontaneous form of travel. In fact, road trips accounted for 39% of the total vacations taken in the US, according to MMGY Global’s 2017-18 Portrait of American Travelers. If you’re driving long distances, having the right vehicle is essential. You need something comfortable, reliable, and capable which suits your individual travel needs and budget. So, take the time to thoroughly research and consider all your options — this guide will help put you on the right track.
What will you be using it for?
Other than driving, what will you be using your vehicle for? Are you going to be sleeping in it? Alone or with an SO? Do you need another bed for a friend or relative? Then something like a Eurovan would be a good choice. If you want to cook in your vehicle consider an RV or VW Westfalia. Also consider how much time you’ll be spending in your vehicle. If you want space to stand upright, consider something with a high ceiling like a Ford Transit or Iveco Daily van. But, if you’re going to be eating and cooking outside and you’re okay sacrificing standing upright, a hatchback van with room to sleep in may be all you need.
Where will you be going?
Your travel plans may require your vehicle to have better maneuverability. For example, if you plan on driving off-the-beaten path on rougher terrain, you’ll need a four-wheel drive. Something like a Chevrolet Colorado is a reliable, practical, and capable vehicle able to cope with trickier roads. But, if you’re sticking to the safety of regular, well-maintained roads, you won’t need to bother with a four-wheel drive. If you want greater flexibility on your journey, consider a towing a camper. You can therefore park it at your campsite and adventure out on tougher roads in your van.
What can you afford?
Your budget obviously plays a big role in your choice of vehicle. In addition to the initial cost of the vehicle, you’ll also need to consider ongoing costs. Work out a rough budget for insurance, maintenance and repairs, and gas or diesel — preventing bad gas mileage is essential if you’re driving long distances. You’ll also need to factor in campsite fees if necessary.
Ultimately, the right vehicle for travelling depends on your personal needs and preferences. You may prefer a vehicle with certain features like bluetooth capability, air conditioning, a backup camera, or cruise control. If you take the time to research, compare, and contrast all your options, you’re bound to find the perfect vehicle for you.