Planning the College Road Trip. We are at the point when our oldest son must choose a college to attend.  Since it has become a rite of passage for parents and children in America to take a tour of Colleges that students want to attend.  My family is no different.  This summer we are heading off to visit several schools that my oldest son want to apply to for the fall of 2019. Planning this trip has been one of the biggest challenges of my traveling life.  Planning the college road trip to visit 6 universities and get some sort of real vacation out of it, while visiting family has been full of challenges.

The Plan

Our trip plan is over 3500 miles of driving over 22 days.  Which sounds easy enough until you figure in time to spend with family, the youngest child who will have a birthday in the middle of the trip and of course American Independence Day, the 4th of July.

We are planning stops in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville Alabama, Mammoth Cave National Park, West Lafayette Indiana, Morgantown West Virginia, Charlotte North Carolina. Clemson South Carolina and Tallassee Florida and somewhere at the beach along the gulf coast.

We have been working on the plan for this trip for about 6 months now and we are really excited to get going.  But first a little about planning.  So as far as looking for hotels I looked at sites like booking and   hotels.com but I found really the best rates were available at the websites of the hotel brands.  I know using the aggregators seems to simplify the search process, but the best rates are on the hotels’ websites.

The Apps

To plan this great adventure I have used google maps on my desktop, Waze, Roadtrippers and gas buddy apps.  I must say that planning a drive on the desktop is much easier when working with other family members to plan stops and being able to change routes on the fly.

Waze is a combination GPS and traffic app.  It depends on users reporting traffic conditions, road hazards and other things that can influence the flow of traffic.  I have been using it consistently now for about 4 years and it has proven a time and frustration saver and many trips.  RoadTrippers is an application that allows you to find attraction and activities along your route.  We are making good use of the exit guides in RoadTrippers as we plan how to break up the drives.

Of course Gas buddy and Trip have been review all over the internet so I will not belabor those here.  However, Tripit remains one of the most used application I have used on my phone.

Look for more on this epic road trip coming soon.

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