Family road trips are a great way to share quality time together seeing the country around you! Taking a road trip by car brings you close to the sights and sounds of nature. Road trips provide opportunities to spend time together without meeting schedules that come with other forms of travel. There are many advantages for your family if you are realistic and well prepared for your road trip. Many families find themselves traveling on a budget and taking a road trip provides families an opportunity for a much needed vacation. Like many things in life a road trip requires a some planning to be successful and to stay within the vacation budget. In this post I will highlight some of the advantages and rewards of a family road trip with your toddler and young children.
Why you should take a road trip with your toddler!
Children are by nature very curious. Toddlers love to encounter and experience new things. Young children become fascinated by the simplest of things that they discover. Your toddler will want to know how things work. It is important to provide your child with new opportunities to explore. It allows them to discover the world around them. One place that allows children to engage their curiosity is in nature. Planning a road trip that includes some outdoor time allows for self discovery and can keep your vacation on budget. Most of our national parks are free to use. Staying in campsites at the national parks very inexpensively and does help to keep the vacation on budget. Children of any age will enjoy this type of adventure.
Being off the grid means different things to different people. The idea is for all family members (including parents) to leave their electronic devices behind, creates an opportunity to be in the moment of experiencing their surrounding without that interruption. If you choose to be out in nature as your road trip destination there is often more limited signals and the use of electronic devices is not possible.
If you are taking a road trip your itinerary is much more flexible. You do not have to be bound by as many scheduled departures and arrivals. You can plan your trip to allow for the needs of your family. If it is best to travel at night you can plan that into your itinerary. Car travel allows opportunities for your toddler some movement time. Travel stops for your toddler to run and stretch are accommodated. In any road trip there are some surprises along the way. You may encounter sights and attractions as you travel that you were unaware of. Traveling by car allows you to take advantage of those unexpected experiences.
There are many distractions and demands in our lives on a daily basis. Many families have a need for both parents to be working a full time job to be able to live comfortably. Vacations provide families time to be together as a family without those daily interruptions. Spending time together is meaningful and fun. Everyday family routine is gone. Just being together as a family and devoting your attention to the needs of each individual family member is a benefit and creates a stronger family bond.
Traveling by car is the cheapest mode of travel in today’s economy. The gas prices around the United States are very affordable. Air, train, bus or boat travel can be very pricey depending on how far you want to travel and how many travelers you have. Family vacations are easier to keep on budget traveling by car. A wider variety of places to stay are possible on a road trip. Camping is very inexpensively if you enjoy that. Stay at cheaper hotels that are outside of a city, if your destination is more urban. These choices allow you to extend your budget and get more out of your dollar. An additional weekend away with the money saved!
Traveling by car allows you some additional space to take the things you would like to have. Other modes of travel only room for the items that you absolutely need. Those other modes of travel impose some restrictions on the amount of items you can take with you. If you are traveling with a toddler there are several extra items that you need for successful travel. The advantage of car travel is that you will not have to pay extra to take those things with you. Toddlers require things that will keep them busy. Traveling in your own car allows you to take those things for a more successful trip.
Taking a road trip with your toddler it is important to keep the basic time schedule for you toddler’s meals and sleep close to their usual routine. This makes it most comfortable for them. Road trips allow time away from the usual daily activities that you engage in at home. More time with you family relaxing, playing, exploring, napping, creating, etc are just some of the things that will rejuvenate you.
For those with a sense of adventure, taking a road trip with your family can be very exciting. Encountering the unexpected or things unplanned creates memories and bonding as you experience those unexpected situations together. Plan to meet the needs of you and your family members. Food and activities to occupy the time spent driving are needed. Having hunger needs met opens up time to stop and explore an unexpected park, trail, lake, or swimming pool. Get off the main interstate road. Take the smaller highways to really have an opportunity to see the local life style. A stop at the local ice cream parlor in the small town is a special treat for anyone!
Taking road trips with your family is all about creating memories. It is about encountering and dealing with the situation together. A flat tire is an undesirable delay that can be framed as an adventurous ride in a tow truck. Rainstorms encountered on your camping vacation provide many great stories to relive later. The tales about how you endured it together could become legend. The beautiful rainbow over the lake after a rainstorm creates a powerful memory.