Road trippingIt seems like now is the time when everyone is planning their big family road trip for 2013, my little family included. My husband and I have been debating whether we'll make a big drive with our daughter, not to mention where and when, and I have to admit I've been feeling nostalgic for the trips of my childhood. Nothing we've talked about even faintly resembles the way we road tripped when we were kids. And I know from road tripping!

Back in the early '90s, we'd take the family minivan (not-so-affectionately called the Dustbuster because of its portable-vacuum shape) to Cape Cod every summer. I'd keep the travel log, while my little brother kept me thisclose to tearing my hair out.

Giving you misty water-colored memories, isn't it? Let's take a road trip down memory lane, shall we?

1. Then: Our parents would end up hopelessly lost because they let us kids read the map.

  • Now: Who needs a map when you have GPS?

2. Then: License plate Bingo for the whole family.

  • Now: Mom, can I play another game on your phone?

3. Then: Everyone listened to the same tape in the tape deck -- whether you liked Dad's taste in music or not.

  • Now: Thank goodness all the kids have iPods.

4. Then: Moooooom, she's touching me!

  • Now: Mooooom, she won't share the DS!

5. Then: Taking a nap in the back of the station wagon and watching out the back window.

  • Now: You're not getting out of that booster seat until you're 12, young man!

6. Then: Can you smell the sea air through the windows yet, kid?

  • Now: Ah, air-conditioning, blissful air-conditioning.

7. Then: Lugging the big container of iced tea Mom mixed up the night before to save money. 

  • Now: Juice boxes for everyone! 

8. Then: Are we there yet?

  • Now: Is there enough time to finish watching Brave before we get there?

9. Then: Pee now kids, because you won't get the chance for another five hours!

  • Now: Oh look, another rest stop; we might as well go!

10. Then: Hiding Grandpa's radar detector under the dash.

  • Now: What do you mean this highway is actually 55?

11. Then: Consulting a travel agent and making hotel reservations for every stop along the way.

  • Now: Using your smartphone to find a good place to stay when you're tired of driving. Hey look, kids, I can even look up the closest playground right on my phone!

12. Then: Writing postcards to your friends back home

Now: Stop texting your friends! We're on a family vacation!

13. Then: Mom's fanny pack.

  • Now: Granny's fanny pack.

14. Then: Lining up your troll dolls in the rear window.

  • Now: Pulling the straightest line to hurl a bird at the pigs' fortress.

15. Then: Having to find a new radio station every hour or so when you drove out of range.

  • Now: The kids' station on satellite radio is a lifesaver.

What are you favorite road trip memories? Do any of them hold true for your trips with the family today?


Image by Jeanne Sager