Go On A Family Road Trip
One of the beautiful things about summer break is that you can get in the car and head out for a road trip. Even if it is what used to be termed, “going for a Sunday drive”.
It could even be visiting family that you don’t see very often because of the distance that separates you. Or perhaps, you have a cottage you retreat to when you need to relax and unwind.
Whether you are going on an actual vacation or simply heading out for the afternoon to see where the road takes you, there is no time like the present for a road trip.
Make Time For A Road Trip This Summer
Spontaneous road trips are great, but that doesn’t always work out. If you’re not the type of family that just gets in the car and goes off somewhere, make it a point to make time for a road trip this summer. Take the time and do some planning if “spur of the moment” doesn’t work for you.
You’ll be glad you did when you have those memories to look back on. And once you get on the road, you’ll realize just how much fun this can be.
Who knows, you may become a road trip enthusiast yet.
Since we’re on the topic of time, make sure you have plenty of time for your road trip. Don’t rush it. Fun road trips are about so much more than traveling down the highway at maximum speed. If everything is just rushing by, how much are you enjoying it? Remember to make the time to stop and smell the roses.
Prepare As Much As Possible
Yes, spontaneous road trips are fun, but if you’re traveling with kids, a little preparation goes a long way. Did you pack enough clothes, diapers, and the such?
It is important to know about where you want to go, When you are traveling with children you also need to know how long it will take you to get there.
Search out good stopping points along the way where you can get out, stretch your legs, burn off some energy, and see something fun and exciting at the same time.
For instance in our community, our local McDonald’s restaurant, although it does not have a playpit section, is conveniently located beside a grassy park. So it is a great midway spot for many families whether heading north or south to stop for a break. Grab a meal, a treat, have a bathroom break, and take the kids over to the park. This way, your children have an opportunity to run around and burn off some of the excess energy that has been cooped up in the car.
Take Food With You
But if you need to keep your road trip as frugal on your budget as possible, pack some food and drinks to bring with you. After all the gas prices might determine just how far you can go on your road trip. Not only will it make the trip more enjoyable if you don’t have to stop to look for refreshments every few hours; it can also save you quite a bit of cash over the course of your trip.
With children you still do need to stop every couple of hours, but you may be able to stop at visitor information stations to use the bathrooms/restrooms. Then you can still have the kids run around for a bit while having a picnic. Make the food and drink items from home into a picnic and your family will cherish these memories too. Stopping for a bathroom/snack break is not just important for the children—remember the driver needs a break too!
And Road Entertainment Too!
The other thing to consider is how to entertain your children on a long road trip. There is always someone piping up, “Are we there yet?”. To keep that to a minimum you need to think of ways to keep the kids settled so your driver can safely concentrate on the road.
Take things along that will keep the kids occupied on long stretches of boring road. Books, crayons, simple crafts along with digital devices are all good options. But don’t forget the old standby road trip games of “Punch Buggy” and “How Many Cows?”, or even a good game of “I Spy”. And who can forget the road trip songs? “The Wheels on the Bus”, “Old MacDonald”, or even “B.I.N.G.O.” Does anyone remember, “Apples and Bananas”? I’m sure your children have a silly song they enjoy singing. Involve the whole family and have fun.
Have Fun And Enjoy The Journey
Above all remember that road trips are supposed to be fun. They are as much, if not more about enjoying the journey as they are about getting to your destination. Take a side trip if you see an interesting sign, stop and enjoy the view, and above all, have fun!