Adventure that’s just for you!
Sharing an adventure with friends and family undoubtedly creates priceless memories. Every once in a while, it’s also nice to head out on your own to get lost in a piece of art or an activity, get some fresh air or pamper yourself. It can be freeing to spend time with yourself and explore exciting destinations all on your own. Traveling alone can also come with its own set of unique challenges. To help set up your adventure for success, we have some tips to consider before hitting the road. Let’s dive in!
Call ahead for hours and availability
These days, many businesses are limiting their hours and guest capacities at various times in order to keep everyone involved safe and healthy. Before you head out to see the latest exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art or grab lunch at Bedré Café, give them a call to make sure they’ll be open when you get there. We’ve indicated which destinations have reopened here on our site, but we highly recommend double-checking as normal business hours fluctuate as they see fit. Many of our partners have face mask requirements, so be sure to pack one to be safe!
Don’t overdo it
Road tripping alone means no taking turns driving. With the reins solely in your hands, make sure you pull over to rest when your body needs it. We all have different bandwidths for driving (and varying attention spans), so being mindful of our own limits keeps us and other drivers safe on the road. Stop in a Chickasaw Travel Stop for a hot coffee or rejuvenate at some of the best hotels in the state, like The Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa. Call and book your stay in advance for best results.
Prep your car for the road
Air up your tires, fill up with gas, change the oil, replace windshield wipers – all things you may be reading and saying, “Duh,” but a solo road trip isn’t the time to ignore any “check engine” alerts. Items like water bottles, snack bars, a phone charger, first-aid kit, a blanket, car jack and wrench, tool kit, etc., are good to have in case of emergency. It’s also not a bad idea to have your car inspected before your trip.
Equip your phone with apps
Using apps like Waze for navigation, PackPoint for efficient packing and WeatherBug for weather tracking will be a saving grace for when you hit the road on your own. These crucial road trip elements are big responsibilities that require attention for a successful adventure, and you definitely don’t have to do it on your own! If you want to avoid traffic, getting caught in the rain and more bumps in the road, check out our 6 Travel Apps to Try blog, where we dive a bit deeper into helpful tools you can use to ensure smooth sailing.
Make the journey worth it
You may be setting out with an end destination in mind or simply cruising to explore what exciting attractions Oklahoma has to offer. Either way, using our collection of travel partners to plan out stops along the way is the best way to squeeze every bit of fun from your time on the road. Know you’ll be passing through Ardmore on the way to OKC? Plan ahead by booking a reservation at Café Alley, scouting out ideal viewpoints at Lake Murray or see what’s happening at the Goddard Arts Center that day. You can create so many adventures between Point A and Point B, and it’s our mission to help you find them! Need suggestions? Reach out to us on social; we’d be happy to hear from you.
Share your itinerary with friends or family
It’s important that someone else is aware of what you have planned for your solo adventure. Not so they can track your every move, but so you know you have people in your corner as you travel. We’ve made it really easy to share the custom Adventures you create with your Adventure Road account once you’re done. Whether you send via email, share on social or copy the link to text, doing so will put your loved ones at ease and make you feel that much safer. Don’t forget to use the new Check-In feature when you arrive at each Destination on your list!
Embarking on a journey or visiting exciting destinations on your own can be highly rewarding. What are your favorite places to visit when you have some time to yourself? Let us know in the comments below.