It 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.
2. Then: License plate Bingo for the whole family.
3. Then: Everyone listened to the same tape in the tape deck -- whether you liked Dad's taste in music or not.
4. Then: Moooooom, she's touching me!
5. Then: Taking a nap in the back of the station wagon and watching out the back window.
6. Then: Can you smell the sea air through the windows yet, kid?
7. Then: Lugging the big container of iced tea Mom mixed up the night before to save money.
8. Then: Are we there yet?
9. Then: Pee now kids, because you won't get the chance for another five hours!
10. Then: Hiding Grandpa's radar detector under the dash.
11. Then: Consulting a travel agent and making hotel reservations for every stop along the way.
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.
14. Then: Lining up your troll dolls in the rear window.
15. Then: Having to find a new radio station every hour or so when you drove out of range.
What are you favorite road trip memories? Do any of them hold true for your trips with the family today?
Image by Jeanne Sager