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You Can’t Always Rely on Your Phone For GPS

While driving across the country, you'll run into plenty of dead zones, meaning you'll have absolutely no cell service (sometimes for very long stretches of time). The first skill my dad taught me when I was about to embark on my first road trip was how to read a map. I can't tell you how many times it saved me from what could have been a disastrous detour! Don't underestimate the basics.

8 Lessons I Learned After Road-Tripping 10,000 Miles Across the US

With 22 states under my belt, I think I'm pretty lucky to have had the experience of driving through almost half of the United States. While I've visited additional states by plane or train, I do believe taking road trips is one of the best ways to travel and see our beautiful country. From deserts to farmland to oceans to mountains, the picturesque views are worth the long hours on the road.

One of the best decisions I made was going to a college about 1,800 miles away from home, which means I got to travel by car to and from school every Summer. I was able to cross a lot of cities and national parks off my bucket list, and had so much fun doing it. And throughout all of my cross country road trips, I've learned many lessons that I'm eternally grateful for. Keep reading for eight tips I've picked up during my travels that'll make you want to hit the road, too. Happy driving!

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