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8 Tips for the perfect road trip



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Going on with a mundane life can be bland and monotonous. Repeating the same actions every day might sap the energy out of you.

But there are always ways to pull yourself out of the dull life. One such way is planning a road trip that brings lots of excitement and new experiences.


You can plan getaways to nearby places without making it all hard by booking plane tickets for far-off countries and thinking about the cost.


You can experience the untamed regions of your country, explore immaculate landscapes, and spend each night someplace different.


It might involve a lot of planning, particularly for lengthy journeys lasting several days and covering hundreds of kilometers. But that’s where the fun lies.

Here are some tips to make your road trip perfect and memorable:


  1. Stay Updated On New Attractions

If you are planning a road trip, chances are you’d be stopping at many attractions along the way.

You can make a rough plan beforehand that includes rest stops, places to visit once you get there, and other things to keep everything organized.


Although sometimes, you may come across and discover new locations that weren’t planned on your itinerary and decide to explore them for a while, which can cause your pre-planned itinerary to change.

Let’s suppose you are moving towards Sevierville; it’s vital to keep track of new places opening there.

For instance, if you plan on traveling through Tennessee and are fond of marine life, keep an eye out for attractions like the Xperia ocean journey launching soon, which will offer an immersive digital experience of ocean life with its cutting-edge technology.

You can always stay updated on new places and their opening via an internet search to keep your timings matched while you travel across them. This way, you can incorporate them into your journey.


2. Download Offline Maps

Downloading offline maps on the get-go is one of the essential things to keep your road trip smooth.

Offline maps are handy when you might not always have access to data on your phone or wifi. They give you all the information you need to go to your destination while saving you a lot of money on roaming fees.

You can quickly lose track of your routes when there is poor reception – in mountains and rural areas. Even cities might come as a shock with their patchy coverage.


Having downloadable maps can considerably reduce travel anxiety and ensure you in knowing where you are.


You can even track ATMs, eateries, shops, lodging, gas stations, and parking lots, all without using the internet.


3. Carry Spare Parts

Consider a situation where you are in the middle of a journey, and your car/van breaks down with no mechanic nearby. You can’t abandon your car, and dealing with the problem would be nothing short of terror at that moment.


Even though cars have numerous parts, if even one malfunctions, you could still have issues.


It’s crucial to carry vital spare parts on hand that you can utilize in stressful situations – if you want to prevent this from happening.


You can keep jumper cables, a spare tire, a car battery, a timing belt, and a water pump. Even though you can carry more, at the very least, you should have these few in the trunk in case you experience a breakdown while on your road trip.


4. Carry A First Aid Kit

Being on a road trip means there is less likelihood of finding a pharmacy or clinic. It makes receiving immediate medical assistance hard if you or someone in your car experiences a medical emergency in a remote or rural location.

In this scenario, the importance of keeping a first aid box comes into the picture. If you run into an emergency on the route to your destination, your medical kit may prove beneficial and temporarily lessen the discomfort of your problem.

Your first aid box can include band-aids, antiseptic creams, pain-relievers, thermometers, scissors, antibiotics, and vice versa.

You can always carry a medical kit for short and lengthy trips that can fit in your vehicle


5. Carry Extra Cash and Stash

It’s critical to carry extra cash besides your credit card in case of any need or emergency.

If you’re passing through a small town or hamlet, you may need cash for places that don’t accept credit cards. You could wish to stop by a small food truck or stall for a quick snack, or you might get a flat tire and need to phone for roadside assistance. In either event, always have some cash with you. You should also refrain from keeping all of it in one place and secure it in separate pockets to save from pickpockets. It’s better to keep your wallet in your front pocket to protect yourself from pickpockets and unintentional falls. It’s easy to keep an eye on it there. You can also keep some cash inside your socks and wear it safely tucked in around your neck and inside your shirt.


6. Keep Snacks

If you are in the back seat, enjoying the views, you’ll need something to munch on now and then. But if you are in the driving seat, you might feel depleted during driving.

In any case, having nutritious snacks with you to keep your body fueled can help a lot.


The body absorbs natural energy meals slowly, providing you with longer-lasting energy as they are high in healthy protein and fat content and low in sugar. You can pack your car with nutritious alternatives high in protein, fiber, healthy fats, and low in sugar instead of the sodium- and sugar-filled chips and protein bars sold at gas stations. It can include nuts, dry fruits, popcorn, chocolates, citrus fruits, and chopped vegetables.


7. Stay Updated On Weather Forecasts

Weather can be unpredictable, and scheduling your road trip according to it can be a clever step to make it the perfect one.


You can save time by considering the weather when making your travel arrangements. Finding reliable and current information on the current weather conditions is simple with the help of the internet and weather applications. When you’re off the beaten road and don’t have phone service, it can also be a good idea to tune in to the weather report on the radio while driving.

It’s essential to refrain from driving in downpours, blizzards, or extremely dense fog. In these situations, stopping somewhere like a rest area or gas station and waiting it out is your best option.

8. Keep Power Banks

We all travel with various technologies and gadgets that require power, including phones, smart watches, laptops, fitness trackers, and headphones.

In case of any emergency, it’s critical to have your phone charged. You can also stay connected with your loved ones and respond to work-related calls. The wrong time and a dead cell phone may seriously ruin a day.

You can make your road trip perfect by keeping all the devices charged and being stress-free even while on the go.



This idea of jumping in a car or van and driving long distances is timeless. It might need some finances, but once you set off for a road trip, you can keep it as wild as you like. We hope the above tips will help you make your road trip perfect and memorable.



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Among his VIP clients are the likes of Russ Millions, 6 Kenza, Wizkid, Beenie Man, DJ Spinall, Eva Apio and Andy Cole.

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Lamar’s mission is to help more promising young businesspeople break into the industry and uses his platform to help others overcome adversity.

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Culled from DailyMail

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To find out more about MusicSplit on ARTSPLIT, please visit or contact

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The ARTSPLIT app can be downloaded on App Store and Google Play Store. Start investing today in Afrobeat for great returns.

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Employee experience is a key factor in determining customer experience outcomes. For companies to achieve optimal customer experience, they need to invest in their employees first. This can be done through employee motivation management or even an entire employee engagement software and other initiatives that create a positive work environment for employees. In this article, we will discuss how to leverage employee experience to drive customer experience outcomes. 

Happy Employees Create Happy Customers

The idea behind this phrase is that employees who are satisfied at work are more likely to provide better customer service. When employees are happy, they are more motivated, productive, and engaged, which creates a better customer experience. When customers have a positive experience, they are more likely to return, and this, in turn, leads to increased customer loyalty and revenue. In short, when employees are happy, they tend to create an environment that encourages customers to come back and make repeat purchases. 


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5 Ways to Improve Customer Experience through Employee Experience 

  1. Encourage a Positive Workplace Culture: Creating a positive work environment is key to providing employees with a great experience. This can include fostering an atmosphere of respect, open communication, and mutual trust. Employees who feel valued and appreciated are more likely to go the extra mile for customers. 


  1. Offer Career Development Opportunities: Investing in employees’ career growth, such as through training and development programmes, can give them the skills and confidence to better serve customers. 


  1. Reward Employees for Good Performance: Rewarding employees for a job well done can help to create a culture of recognition and appreciation. This can help to boost morale and motivate employees to maintain high standards of customer service. 


  1. Support Employees’ Health and Well-being: Creating a healthy and safe work environment, providing access to mental health resources and offering flexible working arrangements can help to improve employee well-being. This can lead to a more engaged and productive workforce. 


  1. Listen to Employees’ Feedback: Gathering employee feedback is essential for understanding their needs and the issues they are facing. Listening to employees’ ideas and suggestions can help to identify areas where customer experience can be improved.

How Can Employee Motivation Management Help?

Employee motivation management is an essential component of employee experience. It involves creating an environment that encourages employees to work hard and achieve their goals. This can be done through incentives, recognition, and other employee engagement initiatives. Companies should also ensure that their rewards and recognition programmes are tailored to the needs of their employees. 


Nowadays, leading companies use employee engagement software to measure and track employee motivation. Such software can provide valuable insights into how employees are feeling at different stages of their employee lifecycle and what they need to be successful. Companies should use this data to create meaningful employee engagement initiatives that can help to boost employee motivation, performance, and a customer-oriented mindset.


Employee experience is key when you want to see positive customer experience outcomes. Companies should invest in employee motivation management and ideally use advanced employee engagement software to create a positive work environment for their employees and measure their engagement. This can help drive improvement in customer experience by increasing employee motivation and performance.

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