I really try to have a good attitude. It’s just not my favorite way to travel. Watching my kids navigate security at an airport is so much more fulfilling than watching them sit next to one another in the car!
I have this mental picture of what a road trip should look like. You know, we’re all happy to be together, getting along, playing license plate bingo, and singing as we drive for hours! Every once in a blue moon that happens, but often as I look in the rearview mirror, I see zoned out blank stares (my husband calls this bliss) or scrunched up faces of arguing siblings.
Well, after 16 years of road trips with our family, I finally discovered 2 magic formulas. Ready!?
Get a 15-passenger van. No touching, breathing on, crossing invisible boundaries or anything.
Just one child per row. Brilliance!
If you don’t have a 15-passenger van, which I don’t, fly at least half of your children to the final destination.
Why half? Because flying all of us is so darn expensive, but remove 2 people and you get a little peace. I’m in. Besides, it’s much cheaper than a 15-passenger van!!
The truth is, even with all of my hesitation, we have had some great road trip adventures. And yes, despite a lot of practice and planning, we have had our epically rough days on the road. Those days have become some of the best stories and treasured memories along the way.
What makes a for a great road trip with kids?
Connect back with me on Friday for more about preparing personally and having an awesome road trip.