One of the things I love the most about travelling around the United States and Europe is that if you have the time, there are so many options other than flying. Backpacking, bus rides, train rides, and driving all become viable options. But most people are likely to go with what they know, sticking with familiar routes rather than trying something new. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of both.
Old, Familiar Routes:
There is a sense of safety in familiarity. If you've already happened to enjoy a Monaco trip, with a nice luxury car rental and everything...why do something new? When preparing for a trip down a familiar route, you know that should anything happen, such as a car breaking down, an essential item getting left behind, etc., you know if there are places to get your car serviced or where you can go to get the essential item replaced.
Being familiar with the route also means that you have a much clearer idea of how long it should take you to get to your destination, which allows for a clearer timetable. Knowing you’re ahead of schedule will allow for more rest stops and the like instead of always worrying how much longer it will take to get there.
Too much repetition can feel like work. Part of the joy of travelling lies in discovery. Taking the same route to your favorite weekend spot can be a little TOO reminiscent of work. This can make the journey feel less like vacation and more of routine, which is something that vacations should avoid feeling like.
Another issue with being too familiar with a route is that it can lead to overconfidence. Leaving late because you know you can make the trip in a certain amount of time, not worrying about whether you remembered to pack something or not because there are stores on the way. This can lead to disaster if it turns out your usual route isn’t passable and requires a detour or the stores don’t have stock.
Trying Out New Paths
The chance to discover something new is always great. Just imagine a Ferrari hire in Marbella, cruising through the streets and turning heads in your awesome ride. If you’re travelling around the continental United States, a lot of the road routes often have little tourist traps and eateries that aren’t widely known outside the area. This can lead you to discovering new favorites and making your trips all the more memorable!
Exploring new routes can also be helpful in the long run in the event your usual route isn’t available or becomes over congested.
When travelling abroad, routes that aren’t along the more popular tourist paths often offer better prices for their food and wares. This makes it a lot easier to try out local delicacies or local crafted items without eating too much into your budget.
Even with GPS based apps to help us get to where we’re going, the chance of getting lost or turned around still exists, especially in areas where there’s poor signal. This is especially true when travelling abroad and can even be dangerous.
Now that we’ve discussed the pros and cons of each route type, what would you consider trying? Would you focus on the routes you already know, or would you try out new routes when you can?