There’s nothing worse than finding yourself without power when traveling. Whether you’re camping, trekking, or in a country where the power goes out every afternoon (3pm on the dot in the Solomon Islands!), these days we need battery life for most things we do.
And that’s where a portable power station comes in, and why it’s so essential to have one for travel; a power source, and way of charging your electronics regardless of whether you’re outdoors, far away from a wall outlet, or caught in a power outage.
The brand we’re reviewing today is the US based MAXOAK Bluetti AC20 Portable Power Station – it’s a lightweight but durable portable generator that is excellent for travel, as well as use as a backup power source at home.
Road trips are one of our favorite pastimes. They give you the opportunity to see the world in a unique way without spending a lot of money. Plus, you can bring along as many friends and family members that will fit in your car.
Packing correctly for a road trip is an essential part of having a great time. And the benefit of taking a car is that you have more flexibility in what you can pack without TSA or airline guidelines changing your packing list.
The bad news is, you might forget a few things if you’re not organized. Of course, you’ll probably do a good job packing your toys, toiletries, and other daily essentials, but there are a few things people often don’t think about.
So, here are 10 things you might want to bring on your next road trip!
Cabin fever has set in and you want to get away for a little while. With a destination in mind, you throw some clothes in a bag and settle into the driver’s seat. But before you pull out of the driveway, there’s a few things you need to check.
As easy as it is to just jump in the car and drive, road trips do require a little bit of prior planning, and there are some important checks you should run to ensure your safety.
While you know the Jeep Wrangler is tuned, the brakes are fine, and the oil was changed recently, take a look at these other four essentials. Doing so will minimize the risk of being left stranded in the middle of nowhere tonight!
It’s important to have reliable transport when traveling, and those who value their freedom tend to opt for the hire car option.
Renting a car offers one of the most reliable ways to explore a city and its surrounds without having to deal with the tediousness of public transport or the money-draining nature of taxis and day tours. However, many people shy away from overseas car rental, thinking it’s too complicated.
Spoiler alert: it’s not!
Renting a car can be an overwhelming process if you’ve never done it before, so to that end, we’ve put some tips and tricks for renting a car like a pro.
It’s easier than it looks, and the perks are amazing!
You’re probably very familiar with stories of traveler scams abroad; anecdotes of sophisticated pickpocketing gangs and tourist rip offs. From taxi drivers taking you the long way round, to magically inflated prices at the market when it’s obvious that you’re not local, scams and con artists come in all shapes and forms.
Some cons catch even the most street smart among us unaware, however one element of your travels that shouldn’t catch you out is your hire car company. As much as many try to!
Common problems with car hire include hidden fees, unforseen insurance costs, and bad customer service; sometimes you might be hit with unfair cancellation costs that can completely decimate your travel funds.
But it’s not too difficult to avoid a car hire horror story if you take your time and conduct plenty of research before hiring a vehicle. To that end, this this helpful infographic has been put together by the team at motoringoffencelawyers.com.
Read on for straightforward advice that will help you hire a car overseas for a fair price and with adequate financial protection – massively minimizing the risk involved!
Oman is a country of contrasts, from the steep mountains of Jebel Shams to the clear waters of the Arabian Peninsula, from the dunes of the Wahiba Sands Desert to the azure blue wadis.
The untouched beauty of Oman is only just starting to be recognised by world travellers, and the best way to immerse yourself in this amazing country and its culture is by wild camping on a self drive, cross country adventure.
With savagely beautiful landscapes that are untouched by both modern development and tourism, and laws that mean wild camping is entirely legal anywhere (with a few exceptions), you will likely have these amazing spots to yourself!
The following is everything you need to know about wild camping across Oman, complete with a full 7 day itinerary for a self guided roadtrip, 4WD adventure.
Beyond Kyrgyzstan and the 3,752 metre high Torugart Pass is China, a country where everything – and I do mean everything – is completely different from what most travellers are accustomed.
Laura and I are so-called “permanent overlanders”. We’ve been non-stop on the road now for many decades; our most recent venture a six-year motorcycle journey from Europe to Australia. And like so many other road-warriors who cross Asia with their own vehicle, we encountered a couple of hurdles along the way.
The greatest logistical challenge, by far, was obtaining legal permission to ride through China without a guide. Very, very few overlanders have managed to achieve this. We may have even been amongst the first, who knows?
But we certainly weren’t the last. A handful of vagabonds on wheels have transited China independently since our crossing in 2014/2015.
While there are tons of new and exciting holiday experiences popping up every day, from glamping, to walking safaris, and hot air balloon races, sometimes you just can’t beat an old fashioned road trip.
But, a road trip isn’t as simple as just jumping in the car and driving; they do require some prior planning.
If you’re considering taking your first roadtrip, but not sure where to start, use the following step by step guide – everything you need to organize before setting out on the road!
Whether you’re spending a year in a foreign country and planning out 12 months worth of road trips, or looking to travel cross country in and around home, the most essential part of road trip planning is making sure you have a car to drive.
While renting a car is often the most popular option among road trip fanatics, if you plan on taking multiple trips throughout the year, buying a car may be the most feasible and cost-effective option in the long run.
But before you jump the gun and buy the first car you see, consider these tips about what you should know about buying a car.
You can pretty much guarantee that every road trip will come with its own unique set of bumps in the road, but with careful planning and a few handy travel accessories, most of the time you can be prepared for anything.
The accessories you throw in the back of your car will depend on a variety of different things – the environment you’re heading to, the length of your journey, and even the weather. The rest of the time extra gadgets come down to personal preference.
Accessories most commonly found in a travelers trunk include a good first aid kit, flashlight, camera, air compressor, and perhaps even a compact jump kit, or cordless impact wrench. Though to cover all possible bases, we’ve listed a couple more of our favorites.
Whether you’re planning an unforgettable road trip across Portugal or the USA, the following are five of the most useful gadgets and accessories to take with you.
Road tripping is an incredible way to quench your thirst for adventure. Kicking back to your favorite tunes, munching on gas station snacks, and leaving all your worries at home as you hit the open road.
As far as road trip scenery goes, North America has a fantastic mix of perfectly sun-kissed beaches, natural landscapes and attractions which constantly sees drivers pulling over to the side of the road.
Byways and highways wind through dramatic scenery here, and connect some of the biggest cultural hubs in the United States, and you have a diverse range of exciting cities, coastal towns, and natural wonders to choose from.
There’s no doubt that the USA is an epic destination for a road trip, but being that there’s so much to cover, we wouldn’t blame you for feeling overwhelmed. So, whether you’re struggling with choosing a route, or just looking for some inspiration, the following is a list of our favorites.
Portugal has been at the center of world tourism for a while now, particularly Algarve, Lisbon, and Porto. And while these destinations are undoubtedly worth visiting, it’s Northern Portugal that largely remains an unknown gem.
Portugal is the perfect destination for a road trip, and the country’s north is one of the most authentic regions, often completely forgotten by international tourists. So this road trip itinerary will take you through undiscovered parts of the country.
You’ll start and finish in Porto, the gateway to (and biggest city in) the north. This itinerary will take you to UNESCO Heritage sites, beaches and the often forgotten interior. You’ll also discover what is arguably the country’s best food!
Would you be surprised to know that 56% of pet-owners transport their dog by car, at least once a month?
Not only do visits to the Vet usually involve transporting Fido in the car, many dog-parents take their beloved four-legged friend on vacation with them, or simply decide to go to the lake for the day.
Whilst many dogs cope well during travel, we have put together 5 of the best tips for training Fido to travel in a car, safely.
Most travelers, particularly those who like to travel like a local, prefer to use public transport when moving from one place to another. It’s cheap, usually reliable, and an easy way to get from A to B.
However, hiring a car on vacation can make a lot of sense, and, after-all, who doesn’t love a good road trip!
The thought of driving in a new country can definitely be overwhelming. But thousands of travelers opt for car rentals on vacations, and having your own vehicle can open up a whole new world of possibilities.
Granted, some destinations are more suited to having a car than others, for instance LA is a city where it really pays to hire a car, where-as if you’re visiting New York you probably won’t need one. But going through this list will help you decide whether your next vacation could benefit from a car rental.
LA is one of those iconic destinations that every traveler should experience at least once in their lifetime; a sprawling urban metropolis that is deeply creative, and bursting at the seams with culture, personality, and access to Mother nature.
Whatever draws you to LA, whether it be laying underneath palm trees on a golden coast, the glitz of Hollywood, upmarket bars and boutiques, or lacing up your hiking boots for treks across the rugged mountains, LA truly has something for everyone.
But with such a huge range of experiences, in a city more than ten times the size of Paris, the most difficult part of planning isn’t going to be figuring out what to include on your itinerary; it’s going to be how to maximize your time.
For that reason alone we highly recommend renting a car.
Whether you’re going out of town or crossing borders to a neighboring country, a road trip can be an incredible way to quench your thirst for adventure.
While many road trips entail a regular vehicle, and booking hotels for each night you’re away, you might also consider getting or renting an RV, especially for long distance travels.
Modern RVs come equipped with everything you need to make the journey easier for you, and everyone else who comes along for the ride. From bathrooms to recreation areas, RVs have the amenities that add to your overall comfort.
While it’s many people’s dream to own their own RV, finding one that’s both right for you and fits your budget can be the tricky part. Fortunately, there are many strategies for finding the right RV. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Our most recent road trip saw us hire a car in Cancun. We were wary about driving in Mexico, but ultimately wanted the freedom to get around without being stuck on a tour bus.
And while the trip itself went smoothly, picking up the car hire almost took longer than the flight did.
Despite the ridiculous wait, I didn’t plan on complaining; the Hertz girl was copping an earful already. The guy in front of us was trying to return his vehicle, and wasn’t thrilled that his credit card was being charged $5,000 for, what he argued, was minimal damage.
He had taken out car hire insurance, but didn’t have an excess waiver, and had a really shitty deductible.
After having listened to an hour of his yelling, we finally got the keys to out own vehicle, and, drove out of the lot having learnt a very valuable lesson.
Who doesn’t love a good road trip! Kicking back listening to your favorite tunes, munching on gas station snacks, and leaving all your worries at home as you hit the open road.
As far as road trip scenery goes, California has a fantastic mix of perfectly sun-kissed beaches, natural landscapes and attractions which constantly sees drivers pulling over to the side of the road. So if you’re ready to plan your next road rally, consider cruising down California’s coast.
Byways and highways wind through dramatic scenery here, and connect some of the biggest cultural hubs in the United States. Southern California is one of the most iconic destinations for a road trip, so we’ve deiced to center our focus on hidden gems of the North.
Here are six fantastic spots you may not have thought of between Santa Rosa and Los Angeles.
A road trip through the UK is by far the best way to experience all the region has to offer especially as it isn’t all that large.
Filled with abundant natural attractions that can easily be explored by renting a car, you will find wonderful hotels throughout the country in both iconic cities and charming small towns, all of which make great overnight stopping points or bases from which to explore the UK’s greatest natural landscapes.
But beyond planning your itinerary, there are many factors that you will need to consider when you’re actually renting your car. Answers to common questions like ‘do I have any specific vehicle requirements’, or ‘do I want it delivered it to us for free?’
With this in mind, here are 5 things to consider before choosing a car rental for a road trip in the UK.
People planning a vacation in the western United States usually make two big mistakes.
The first is that they spend too much time in Los Angeles. But there is so much more to do in the western United States than explore the bubble of rich homes and Hollywood clones, that we would argue you should skip LA completely.
The second mistake is that they assume Las Vegas is all about the gambling, and miss out on the geological wonderland and incredible natural surrounds. And while we’ll include Las Vegas in this itinerary, we do so as a base for exploring further out.
Western USA is an incredible region for a road trip, and travelers have a diverse range of exciting cities, coastal towns, and natural wonders to choose from when planning an itinerary. But being that there is so much to cover, we wouldn’t blame you if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
If you’re struggling with planning your route, use the following guide to fill two weeks worth of driving. These are the highlights of Western USA … not including LA.
Road trips can make for an amazing adventure, even if it’s only for a short amount of time. But even short road trips don’t guarantee that you won’t encounter an accident or vehicle damage on the road.
Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway in your local region, or heading overseas to hit the open road, it’s important to be well-prepared with car insurance for the many unexpected things can happen.
And don’t fall into the trap of thinking that if it’s your car you don’t need car insurance! On the contrary, you might actually need it more so.