Holiday Road Trip Tips

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally, silver Mazda6 with a white house and rock mountain, blue sky, giant red holiday bow

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally

This year I had already decided that not all holiday shopping had to be stressful. So when the guys over at DriveShopUSA offered to give me a 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring vehicle to try out around town for my Christmas shopping, I couldn’t resist. Here is what I did to make my dream of a less stressful Christmas come true with some simple holiday road trip tips that help create a “Christmas joy” trip, travel is what I do!

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally, silver Mazda6 with a white house and rock mountain, blue sky, giant red holiday bow

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally, silver Mazda6 with a white house and rock mountain, blue sky, car with a giant red holiday bow

Tip #1: Set Your Dial for Holiday Music You Enjoy

Music is such an integral part of a positive mindset, that I decided to mention this first. I already loved Spotify on my iPhone7 Plus, but being able to hook up Bluetooth and play my own selections of Christmas music was perfect for me.  It is not only intuitive with the Mazda6, it was easy as pie (not pumpkin or pecan). (See how I am already joking). I had my Christmas music from Spotify blaring in no time!

Mazda also has Sirus radio selections, so you can easily flip through the channels and set the station you prefer that has almost no commercials and plays the songs you like. I loved how it has the on-dash display of the name of the song and who the artist singing it is. With the center console controlled and 7-inch screen, I found the info-system interface intuitive and easy to use. Also loved the Bose Sound System in this vehicle. With a bump up of the base and treble, I was good to go.

 

Tip #2: Map Out Your Trip Before You Leave the House

That sounds simple enough, although many people don’t think about it or do it. I mapped out where I was going to go for the day based on the errands I needed to run. That way I pretty much had a plan of where I would be going, which route I was going to take to make things easier, which in turn made it less stressful for me and everyone in the car.

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally, GPS map to Scottsdale Fashion Square

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally

Tip#3 Pack Plenty of Healthy Snacks

I try not to go anywhere without my favorite protein snack of Think Thin Bars (salted caramel is the best tasting!). I buy them in bulk and try to never leave home without one. Sometimes when you are out shopping, things don’t go as planned and it is easy to pick up junk food that you simply don’t need. So if you packed healthy snacks with you during the trip out of the house, you can easily stop the cravings and continue on your journey of good healthy eating and contribute to your Christmas Joy mindset.

Tip #4: Make Sure You Buckle up and stay Safe on the Road

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally, silver Mazda6 in the Phoenix, arizona sun

Everyone know to buckle up before you even leave the driveway, so just do it.  It really doesn’t matter if you are just going for a few quick errands or leaving on an extended trip. It is just safer. Also, make sure that your vehicle has basic supplies that you may need in case of a breakdown or emergency. Make sure you have all the numbers you are supposed to call in case something happens. Mazda – when driving matters!

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally, car license plate, when driving matters

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally

Believe me, not all holiday shopping trips have to be stressful and as long as you prepare for it, you can make things go smoothly so that you can stay in the “Christmas Joy” mindset.

Holiday Road Trip Tips: Take a Trip, Travel Locally, silver Mazda6 in front of a massive white house

Disclosure:  As is common in the travel industry, I was provided with this Mazda 6 – Grand Touring vehicle for the purposes of writing holiday road trip tips by DriveShop USA. While it has not influenced my review, PointsandTravel.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. All Photos by the author.

 

 

2018-01-06T14:56:39+00:00