The idea of a big family road trip can be an intimidating thought for a lot of people. But it actually is the ideal way to travel. It may not be as fast as flying, but the benefits are far greater in the end. I remember hitting the road with my mom or my grandparents many times. Nestled in the car for hours, there is no greater way to bond and really get the opportunity to share. Of course, at the time, I didn't realize what fond memories I would later have, but I am so grateful for those moments now. With our schedules so jam-packed, real quality time seems like an impossibility. A road trip is the perfect way to create special moments -- both hilarious and poignant -- no one will forget. Need more convincing? Here are 5 more reasons a road trip is the best way for a family to travel together:
- Making pit stops. It's important to forget the clock on these trips. If you need to hit a destination at a certain time, build in extra hours for stops at cool spots off the highway, like a random carnival, World's Biggest Ball of Yarn attraction, or an awesome outlet mall. That kind of spontaneity is a delight for everyone in the family.
- Really talking to each other. With schedules full of sports practices, working late, and errands, whole family dinners can be a rarity. Here is the chance to really get to know how everyone is doing and what is on their mind.
- Sing-alongs. Every road trip needs a soundtrack. You may not want to admit it, but you know that latest Miley Cyrus or Carly Rae Jepsen track really is catchy. This is the perfect opportunity to have some fun and sing along with your kids. Make a CD with 20 or so huge hits and turn the car into one big karaoke party.
- Game time. There are so many great road trip games you can play together. Whether it's parents vs. kids or boys vs. girls, a little car competition is so much fun.
- Collectibles. When I was growing up, my grandparents collected little souvenir plates from every state they drove through. It may sound a little cheesy, but nearly 30 years later, it makes me smile to look at a plate and recall some funny or sweet detail from that particular journey. You can make a point of picking up a little tschoke from every place you visit.
What other reasons do you love family road trips?
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