The coronavirus pandemic forced many families to cancel their travel plans last year. That’s why travel experts say that this year, there may be an explosion of summer road trips.
Perhaps you’re planning to hit the road with your clan, too.
If so, I hope you have a wonderful time. But if your family is anything like ours, you could experience a few difficult moments. (Click here to read about our vacation disaster)
Here’s why I think family road trips are challenging:
First, you strap 4-8 people into a space the size of a double-bed.
Then you sit there immobilized for hours, eating junk food.
Your youngest kid starts acting silly, which causes your oldest kid to get cranky, which causes your middle kid to egg it on. (I know this because I’m a middle kid)
With each mile the clouds of boredom and irritation build, like a gathering storm until finally, someone erupts.
But this doesn’t only happen while traveling with children.
Family conflict is possible on any family trip. (Can someone say amen?)
We’ve all been there:
Funny jokes, a lot of tall tales, a little bickering . . .
Leaking juice boxes and crushed packs of Ritz Bits.
Cheap gas-station coffee.
An essential detour for a hot box of Krispy Kreme’s.
Learning, exploring and making memories that will last a lifetime.
Although family trips range wildly between amazing and annoying, traveling together is a wonderful thing.
Here’s why: adventures are best shared. I know this from years of experience:
My family in Gulf Shores, AL 1995 and in Venice, Italy 2019
Family trips provide opportunities to learn, grow and love. And you’ll return home with a deeper bond (and perhaps a deep sigh of relief)
So go, get out there and explore a new place with your family this summer!
I’d like to give you a little something for your trip. I created this deck of Vacation Conversation Cards for families. These conversation cards will help break the monotony, get everyone laughing and shift the conversation toward something more meaningful.
Here are a few sample conversation topics:
>Describe your favorite pet. Why was/is it your favorite?
>Say something to encourage your Mom or Dad.
>Name something good you did, even though you were afraid.
>Say hello and goodbye in 3 different languages.
>Make up a jingle or slogan for this trip.
>Describe your childhood home in sensory words (sights, colors, smells, tastes, sounds, etc.)
To get these Conversation Cards, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send them to you.
Wishing you and your family happy, safe and wonderful travels!