Life is a highway, it is often said. I couldn’t agree more. There’s nothing like packing the trunk, loading up the kids (maybe even the dog) and hitting the open road for your next adventure. There are many things that I love about road trips. It’s so easy to change your itinerary and just make it up as you go along. You can pack a lot more stuff. I much prefer the entire trunk of my car to a single carry-on suitcase. Even if you stay in your own state or just cross the state line, you feel like you are a million miles away from home.
This post is sponsored by Navdy. However, all opinions and road trip adventures are my own.
During spring break last week, there were some last minute events that postponed my plans for a Tennessee road trip. But, I didn’t let that keep us at home. My 8 year old and I did some road trippin’ right here in sunny Florida. There are so many fun things to do in Florida. It can be hard to narrow it down. For this road trip we went with 2 sure bets – Disney World and the beach.
I scored a reasonably priced last minute reservation at Disney’s Port Riverside Resort for a couple of days. We had such a great time enjoying the pool and waterslide, and spent a day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Then we went on to Clearwater Beach for some fun in the sun.
Port Orleans Riverside Resort is one of Disney’s moderate resorts. It didn’t cost a whole lot more than the budget resorts and I felt it was worth every penny. The pool and waterslide were fantastic, and the food court was great too. We didn’t dine there, but there is also a reservation-only restaurant on the property.
Our room was located riverside and in a beautiful Louisiana style mansion. The grounds were gorgeous.
I found myself wishing I had booked another night at Disney, but knowing that the beach was our next stop helped.
It took a little longer than expected to get to the beach, but once we made it to the beach the sun was shining, the sand was soft and the water wasn’t all that cold. I even got a little bit of a sun tan. If you look real close. My little nephew came with us, and the kids had an absolute blast together.
The beach is my happy place. I wish we could spend every day at the beach.
Tip: Depending on when you visit, Florida beaches can get very crowded. It is best to arrive early for parking and to claim your spot on the beach.
We experienced a lot of traffic on this road trip, since Florida is such a popular tourist destination. This was the first road trip I’ve taken since I started driving with Navdy in my car. I’ve been relying on Navdy around town the last couple of months and love it, but can now say that it is also a road trip essential. If you didn’t read my earlier post about Navdy or are not familiar with the device, Navdy is like a traditional HUD (head-up display) only far more technologically advanced. It uses an augmented reality display to project information as a transparent image over the road ahead. The device does much more than just display your speed or RPM like most HUDs on the market.
What Makes Navdy a Road Trip Essential
When it comes to road trips, nothing is more important to me than safety. New experiences, and having fun is great, but none of that matters if your family isn’t safe. There are a lot of things to distract you when you’re on a road trip. The kids in the back, navigation, using your cellphone, sights along the road, and looking for your next pit stop can all take your eyes and attention away from what’s in front of you. Using Navdy is great because it sits in front of you on the dashboard, and is far enough away that you can clearly see it without it being an obstruction.
GPS navigation is one of those things you can’t really live without on a road trip.You have your phone and and there are other devices that you can plug in, but both take your eyes away from the road. If you’re like me and choose the most crowded destination on the planet for spring break, keeping your eyes straight ahead can make a world of difference in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It only takes having your eyes off the road for a second for a fender bender to occur.
When you are on a crowded interstate like the ones in Florida, you don’t want to take your eyes off the road for a second. I really came to appreciate this on our spring break trip.
As much as I appreciate having my navigation front and center, there are some other nifty Navdy features that I used a lot on this road trip. Being able to see my incoming calls and texts while still looking ahead, came in very handy. Navdy enables simple hand gesture-based access to some of your phone functions. You can screen and answer/ignore calls and see incoming text messages with a swipe of the hand or by turning the steering wheel dial. You can manage all your necessities like maps, calls, and messages, while keeping their eyes on the road.
Via the Navdy companion app for iOS and Android you can get display notifications from your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and more. Perfect for a social media addict like me, although I did a pretty good job of staying unplugged for most of this vacation. It also lets you browse your music library. I can’t say that I had the pleasure of using the latter on our spring break trip, since I was listening to Kidz Bop CDs most of the time.
There is one last feature I want to mention that comes in very handy on longer trips. I always worry about gas consumption and where the next gas station is located. Since Navdy connects to your car’s OBD II port, it will tell you if you are low on gas and redirect you to a nearby gas station. It also lets you see vehicle data such as your miles per hour, engine RPM and more directly in your line of sight. Learn more about Navdy.
We made so many great memories on this vacation. Since we just moved down to Florida last year, it really was nice to explore just a little closer to home and see why so many people choose to vacation in Florida.
Wherever your next road trip takes you, I hope you get there safely.