Road trip anybody? There are plenty of things in life that I’ve always wanted to do. But when the kids came along, my traveling life got put on the back burner. Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to recognize that wasn’t necessary. In fact, sharing those dreams with my whole family makes them even more special. Even if the kids aren’t that keen at first, I’ve got some great tips to help keep them inspired when you travel cross country!
I’ve always wanted to see those places in America that you see on the TV or in movies. And I love the idea of a road trip in a big RV. After looking at websites like http://www.stlrv.net/rentals (such cool RVS!!), I realized that the kids would love spending a week in a vehicle like that. And if you wanted to extend your trip, you can always break it up with stays in a motel or camp park.
ORGANIZING THE TRAVEL CROSS COUNTRY
When you’re planning your trip, it can be a good idea to organize your itinerary quite thoroughly. Print out or bookmark some Internet pages about the places you are going to see. Creating a road map with those details on can help inspire the children. It gives them things to look forward to. Hours at a time sat in the RV can become boring for the kids. If they’re looking forward to reaching a destination, it helps them maintain a more positive mood!
TIPS FOR WHILE YOU ARE EN ROUTE TO THE NEXT STOP
Stopping regularly to stretch your legs is important. For the kids, it’s essential. They need to burn off all that youthful energy! Plan stops every 90 minutes or so. If you can find play parks or play centers on the way, then that would be ideal. If not, pack a ball or a skateboard so your children can get out and play. Being in the same environment for long periods of time is difficult for children. Staying in a motel every other night could provide just the change you all need.
While you are driving along, the kids might want to watch TV or browse the play online. This is quite easy to set up, even on the move. Use a hotspot on your cell phone. This can then be used as a wifi hub for the kids to use with their mobile devices. With no data limits, you can download or stream films and music to while away the time.
Food on the move can be a little hard to stomach after a while. Make full use of your onboard kitchenette to provide healthy meals and snacks. Constant takeaways and fast food can play havoc with children’s digestion. Some parents avoid it because they feel it can make the kids’ moods erratic. For the most part, a treat each day is what makes a holiday. But there needs to be plenty of the good stuff too. Be sure to pack fresh fruits and veggies and snacks you know the kids would like.
I would love to take a week traveling across the country. I know things will be slower going when you have the little ones about. But the idea of sharing that lifelong dream with them is very appealing.
Have you ever traveled cross country? I’d love to hear about your trip!