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How to plan a road trip that doesn’t get bor­ing af­ter two hours.

ELLE (Canada) - - Lifestyle -

RE­MEM­BER: YOU’RE A TOURIST, NOT A COM­MUTER. A good road trip is not about get­ting from point A to B, says Dar­ryl Sleath, ed­i­tor of the new book The Road Trip Book: 1001 Drives of a Life­time. “It’s some­thing you can savour and en­joy in chunks.” That means plan­ning mul­ti­ple stops and In­sta­gram photo ops at land­marks along the way. PLAN IN AD­VANCE. Sure, it seems ro­man­tic to hop in your car and hit the road, but “it’s not much of a hol­i­day if you spend each night look­ing for a ho­tel and pray­ing for a room,” says Marc Télio, owner of bou­tique-travel com­pany En­trée Des­ti­na­tions. Bet­ter yet, get some­one to plan for you. Whistler’s Cana­dian Wilder­ness Ad­ven­tures of­fers a three-hour off-road guided tour...all from be­hind the wheel of a Porsche Cayenne. Ready for some­thing longer? En­trée Des­ti­na­tions’ Peaks to Pa­cific trip will take you ev­ery­where from the Rocky Moun­tains to the coast of Van­cou­ver Is­land over the course of 15 days. PLAN­NING IN­CLUDES YOUR PLAYLIST. Your sound­track will def­i­nitely set the tone for your trip, says Sleath. Our demo­cratic rec­om­men­da­tion? Give each pas­sen­ger 30 min­utes to play their mix and al­ter­nate along the way. FOR THE LOVE OF THELMA & LOUISE, RENT A CON­VERT­IBLE. “To re­ally get into the spirit of a road trip, you’ve got to get the roof down,” says Sleath. It doesn’t even have to be a fast con­vert­ible, he adds—just some­thing that al­lows you to en­joy the drive (as long as the weather co-op­er­ates, of course). EAT WELL. It is tempt­ing to raid the Bulk Barn be­fore a road trip, but foods high in carbs tend to make us sleepy. In­stead, sug­gests Abby Langer, a Toronto-based reg­is­tered di­eti­tian, fill up with fi­bre- and pro­tein-rich sa­ti­at­ing treats like al­monds, co­conut chips and med­jool dates stuffed with al­mond but­ter.

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