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Tips for a Movie-Worthy Road Trip…

We’ve all seen a road trip movie and thought, ok, that’s what I want, right?

I think road trips never work as well anywhere but America. Something about narrow roads, roadworks and swerving around potholes rather kills it for me. It’s supposed to be about open top Cadillacs or Mustangs, long, long straight roads, a group of friends with a tendency to scream ‘wooo’ at the slightest thing, and a great mix tape – even if no one has used a tape since what? 1997? 98? Basically, this:

Take a cross country road trip, without worrying about how much it will cost to fill up!

Or, you know, as this is England, this:

weekend escape = country road, picnic basket, roadtrip

Or if you’re really going for it, this:

I love a good road trip. I can’t tick off the Mustand/Cadillac yet, but I can say that I have been on  road trip in a Mini. And a yellow camper van. Both of which were brilliant.

Top 10 Tips for a brilliant road trip:

1. Company. Obvious, I know. Nothing sucks more than grumpy company. Except for the person who throws up all over everyone else. Luckily that’s never happened, but I imagine it would be pretty hard for a trip to bounce back after that. I’m not even going to bother explaining why good company is such a must for a good road trip.

#friends #RoadTrip | photo shannon lee miller

2. Music. It’s always a good time for music. The Black Keys are perfect. As are Sigor Ros when you hit ‘downtime driving’ mode. You know, when you need to recover from having laughed so hard for so long, it feels like you’ve done about a million sit ups. Not that down time driving ever lasts long with friends about. It’s all about laughing through the pain!

3. Record your memories. I’ve been on a few spur of the moment trips… without a camera to hand, despite trying to always have it within reach. It sucks. Folks, always take a camera on a road trip. Or a video camera, and you can make a lovely movie of your road trip, like these.

4. Picnics. They go hand-in-hand with road trips, I reckon. Especially as I have a few crumb-phobic friends, so snacking in the car is a no-no. I’m a bit of a ‘picturesque picnicker’ too. Pink lemonade, berries, cupcakes. I like my meals pretty.

not a specific place, but fall weather in Dallas is a perfect place for a picnic!

5. Sleeping under the Stars. Sun roof, convertible, or good old fashion sleeping back in the grass, I love sleeping in the middle of no where beneath the stars. You don’t realise just how few stars are visible from the city until you’re on a hill surrounded by mile and miles of fields in a Cath Kidston floral sleeping bag.

6. Fashion. I admit, I tend to be the girl who carefully plans her road trip outfits. Apparently that’s sad, but I’d hate filling a suitcase to find that nothing is suited to my trip, or nothing goes together and everything clashes and blah blah blah. I personally love Free People for the girly, boho-but-not-quite-hippy clothes that I take on my road trips. And of course, good old Asos.

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7. Freedom. It’s the whole nomad-lifestyle calling to me again. When you’re on a road trip, you’re just leaving all of your worries and responsibilities behind and throwing yourself into life. However, don’t be as free as a certain anonymous someone I know who was feeling so free and spontaneous and crazy that he decided to abandon his phone and his wallet at home and just drive… a great idea, but money is needed for petrol, people!

8. Glamping. I spoke about glamping back in May. I still loveit. Again, picturesque. I think this is the influence of years of admiring Tim Walker‘s work. I seem to live my life like it’s one big Walker-esque spread. Minus the over-sized props. I would if I had the budget, though. One of my favourite things to take along on a road trip is a portable projector. Or rather, I love to take along my friend’s portable projector – and my friend too. Not just because he has a portable projector, either. (♥ H) Picnic blanket of food, sky full of stars, a sheet draped over a tree, an old movie projected against it, a cluster of deck chairs and blankets over our legs… perfection.

Love this photo~

9. Getting Lost. I love getting lost. I always find the best places when I’m lost, be it the amazing ice cream bar in Venice that I stumbled into to ask for directions (which, sadly, I haven’t been able to find since), or a tiny village with an amazing bookshop because I’m terrible at map reading and sent my designated road trip driving friend in the completely wrong direction. Oops, but so worth it.

10. Be Spontaneous. I know that spontaneous road trips can mean that packing the above items just don’t happen. Like me and my camera. Picnics and glamping and carefully co-ordinated outfits need a chance to happen, especially if you’re on a budget (I’m sure you could whip up a great picnic of berry-topped-cupcakes and pink lemonade from Marks and Spencers and Waitrose, but I prefer homemade. Still, there’s nothing more exciting then grabbing the car keys, finding a friend or two with a) a license to drive and b) a car (neither of which I have), and just going. No map, no plan, just laughs and that amazing feeling of having no responsibilities for a while.

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Oh… I’m so itching for a road trip right now. Anyone?

I guess it’s not the best time of year for road trips… I suppose I can keep myself busy until the sun finally arrives with a few road trip movies. Little Miss Sunshine, On the Road and the last 30 minutes of Elizabethtown (I don’t even bother with the first hour and a half).

Ah… summer.

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Glamping

I think every girl wants to go glamping (glamorous camping) at some point in her life.. I mean, look!

1 roundhouse exterior wide front door

Technically anyone can go glamping and it can fit all budgets, but it would be stretching it for a backpacker to ‘glamp it’. I mean, it can be enough of a hassle carrying around a tent, sleeping bag, a pillow, a sleeping mat/air bed. For glamping, you have to go that step further. Instead of buying your camping gear purely for practicality, you’re pretty much designing a set for a photo shoot or a movie set. It’s vain camping. If I was on a road trip, I’d go all out with the glamping and fill the Mary Poppins boot with a big white canvas tent, Urban Outfitters bedding, cushions, blankets and rugs, there’s be an adorable wicker picnic basket and Cath Kidston dishes and cutlery on the back seat, bunting and candles in my suitcase and I’d spend hours and hours perfecting it all each night before I could finally sleep on my big king sized air bed. But that would be a bit of a nuisance.

There are now campsites dedicated to Glamping, and some festivals such as the Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire (19th-22nd July) has begun to offer Glamping sites as an option for those who prefer not to get muddy. Canopy and Stars is a very good site for finding a glamped up tent, teepee or hobbit house for a night or two, as is Go Glamping, but its definitely not in a backpacker’s budget. Prices vary greatly but just to give you an idea, a Mongolian yurt for two in Carmarthenshire is currently on offer at £64 a night on the Canopy and Stars website.

Still, it is possible to ‘glamp’ up a normal camping trip, particularly for festivals. The high street is full of more fashion-worthy camping gear around at the moment.

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Cath Kidston is a very good brand for glamping. Her website has a whole section dedicated to picnics and camping, including the tent above and cutlery below.

And Urban Outfitters are brilliant for bedding, cushions and rugs.

Black Rug

Yellow Floral Rug

Pink Floral Rug

Reversible Quilt

Patchwork Quilt

Floral Quilt

So not really a realistic option for serious budget backpackers, just something that girls who love both fashion and travel dream about. Like I said, if I ever buy a car/campervan and go away on a road trip, maybe I’ll glamp it. Or (more likely), maybe I’ll splash out for a short glamping trip somewhere, and save myself the hassle of having to set up my camp site.

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