All your bags are packed. You’re ready to go. But chances are you’re not leaving on a jet plane. According to a Travel and Leisure, the overwhelming majority of people traveling for the Fourth of July weekend, which is over 47 million Americans, will be hitting the road in their car. While road trips can be fun and full of adventure, you don’t want to channel your inner eight-year-old self constantly asking, “Are we there yet?” Below are three tips to help make your upcoming road trip more fun and enjoyable.

Pet Priority

If you’re traveling with a pet, the car ride can be prolonged if your pet is an unhappy passenger, causing you to stop more times than usual. It is important for pets to be secured in a pet carrier, like the popular and highly recommended SHERPA Bag®, while in the car. Before your trip, leave the carrier out with your pet’s favorite toy or treat inside. Encourage your pet to go in and out of it so they feel more comfortable. This will help relieve the anxiety your pet will have when you travel and hopefully get you to your destination quicker!

Listen Up

Reading is not only fun and educational, but it is an activity that helps pass time quickly! Obviously, you can’t read while driving, and if you’re a passenger reading might make you carsick, but you can download an audiobook to listen to for your trip! Need a suggestion? Check out the recently launched audiobook, It’s In the Bag: How to Turn Passion Into a Business by Gayle Martz, founder of The SHERPA Pet Trading Company, where she single-handedly designed, manufactured and marketed the iconic SHERPA Bag®.  The book, which is part memoir and part business book, is for any aspiring entrepreneur or pet lover! Learn how Gayle and her partner, a small dog named SHERPA, started with an idea and turned it into a multi-million-dollar business. Gayle provides listeners with tips and suggestions on how to start a business. The idea for the SHERPA Bag® came to Gayle on a road trip and so can yours!

Hourly Interviews

Take the time to learn more about the people you care about, including those you are traveling with. Each hour of your trip, choose one person to be the focus of that hour and ask them questions about themselves. Start with the people in the car, but if you’re riding solo or the time exceeds the number of people in the car, call a friend or family member (handsfree, of course if you are driving.) If you’re not a natural born journalist and need help with questions, here are 40 questions that will be sure to prompt a good conversation!

Between the happy pet, inspirational audiobook, and personal car interviews, your road trip is sure to be a success. You might even welcome the car ride home, which could be spent thinking about a business venture that Gayle Martz inspired!

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