Ah, taking a family trip! Away from work, it is time to get ready for some fun and relax while heading to your vacation home. But is it really? Here is a top 5 of things to expect when driving with your kids.
1. Frequent bathroom stops
It has been only 80 miles, but you already had to stop 3 times. First the kids threatened to mess up the seats if you did not pull over immediately. Then, the dog started to show signs of difficulty to hold his bladder. Finally, when, you thought you were on your way to pass 25 miles without any further stops, you realized that drinking this large soy latte wasn’t such a good idea…
2. Dispute about what music to put on
While you wouldn’t mind listening to a good old classic rock album, your kids are definitely not receptive to the subtle riffs of the Doobie Brothers or the Eagles. Instead you must comply and alternate between teenage hits radio songs and the theme of Dora the Explorer that your 4 years old requests to be played every 15 min. This trip will probably be longer than you thought.
3. The “Is it far?” recurring question
Unless they are taking a nap to give you a breather, your kids are keen on pointing out that this trip is taking waaay too long and that you guys should be there already. Is it a bit stressful especially when you only left an hour ago and that there are 3 more to go. But between you and us, if you are being honest, how far is it really?
4. Possible travel sickness
This new ride that you just got looks great! And what about these beautiful leather seats? Maybe it would have been a good idea to protect them with a blanket though, you come to realize as you are cleaning up little Tom’s breakfast nicely spread all over the backseats.
5. A lot of fun
All right, so even if you must deal with all this, traveling with family is a great occasion to have a lot of fun and enjoy each other’s company. Discovering new places, looking at the landscape, laughing a lot and just spending time with your loved ones, you know you are a lucky person ?
Good luck to you on your next family trip!