This article was published on March 24th, 2019
It’s spring and that means only one thing – the annual spring gaycation! Apart from choosing the perfect destination for your gay road trip this year, it’s also important to pay attention to the small, seemingly unimportant things that can either make or break your road trip. If you want to have the time of your life, it’s not only the destination that matters, but the actual road trip as well. And in order not to encounter problems on the way, make sure that you have a checklist of all the things you need to take care of beforehand.
First of all, make sure that your destination is safe for the LGBTQ community. Of course, you won’t be choosing a country where gay people have no rights (so no Iran this year!), but it would be very good to browse online and see the attitude of the city/country you’re visiting towards gay people. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Speaking of safety, there’s another thing that you need to make sure, and that is that you get your car checked. Make sure to find a good mechanic who will do the necessary checkup of your car so that you can go on the road trip without any fear. The mechanic should check the tires, brakes and the car’s performance in general.
Make a plan
Planning doesn’t only mean to plan out the things that you will do there. Let’s start from the beginning. The first thing that you need to do is plan out your budget. See how much you’re willing to spend there, as you don’t want to spend everything on the actual road. We all know how much road trips can be fun, and if you make plenty of stops on the road, you might spend more than you actually wanted in the first place. Making a budget for every day on the trip is the right thing to do. Moreover, plan out your stay there. See if there are any gay clubs that you want to hit or historical landmarks you want to see. If you want to visit a museum, go online and see if you need to book your ticket in advance and take the price into account when planning out the budget.
Pack your stuff
Now it’s time for the fun part – the packing process. Of course, you will pack according to the destination you’re visiting, but there are some things that we tend to forget. It seems that we always bring fresh underwear and at least three fave outfits, but we forget about the footwear. You definitely need comfortable shoes, as you will spend some time in the car and then walk a lot. Having comfortable athletic sneakers is, for example, the safest choice – they look extremely fashionable and you can walk miles in them. Once you’ve packed the entire wardrobe you want to take with you, think of the health necessities you need. Equip yourself with a pack of bandages and if you get nauseated while travelling, some motion sickness medicine is a must. Vitamin and mineral supplements are also a good idea, so check out which multivitamin, zinc and/or magnesium supplement works for you and stock up. Of course, bring condoms and lube too, wink wink.
Plan rest stops
Depending on the distance between your home town and the destination you’re visiting, it will be required to take several rest stops along the way. You don’t want to start your gaycation without actually knowing where to stop, so take your map now, see what you have along the way and plan your stops beforehand. You will also use this knowledge to plan your drinks and meals and your bathroom visits. The latter is very important as you cannot stop just anytime to pee while on the road trip now, can you?
Planning a gaycation is always so much fun. So make sure that you plan everything in advance and that you always know what’s the next thing that you will do. Once there, you can definitely run wild. Let those Grindr notifications rain!