Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to Plan a Road Trip your Kids will Love: Tip 1

Last week, my son told my husband that he wasn't very happy.  What was the problem?  He would like to go somewhere new.  We are not planning to move any time soon, but we do have a major road trip planned. Maybe that will settle his need to wander.  My children do look forward to road trips!  This week, I am sharing a few hints  for planning a road trip your kids will love.  

How to Plan a Road Trip your Kids Will Love:  Start by making it an adventure.  Here's how.

Plan a Road Trip Your Kids Will Love Tip 1: Make Traveling an Adventure

Carry a map

No expedition is complete without a map.  We have a Notebook Map of the United Statesthat we consult as we are getting on the road in the morning and through out the day. My kids love it and ask for updates.

 Plan to stop at major attractions

Today, I spent about ten minutes on our state's tourism page and found several cool places.  One of the best is four hours from home and only thirty minutes out of our way.  I am really looking forward to visiting that museum with my children!

Whenever we drive into a new state, we stop at the visitors center to pick up a state map.  Often the visitor's center will have information about attractions, clean restrooms, and coffee.  Sometimes they even have small museums.

Make unplanned  stops

Last summer we were driving through the Navajo Nation when we saw a home made sign that said "dinosaur fossils".  We made a split second decision to pull over, and spent thirty minutes taking the tour.  My kids are still telling people about that stop.  You probably can't afford the time to pull over every time there is an attraction, but stopping when there is something a family member is especially interested in is time well spent.  

How do you make traveling an adventure?

In tomorrow's post, we'll talk about how to make car time a treat!

This post originally appeared on WisdomKnowledgeJoy@blogspot.com, now ThrivingSTEM.com.

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