Summer is officially here and for many that means a family vacation. And what’s better than a road trip? Hours and hours logged on highways marked many of our childhoods and created some lovely memories. Maybe you saw your first mountain or first glimpse of the ocean from the car as a kid. Or perhaps you remember the special snacks at stops along the way. Whatever it may be, road trips can offer a lot of value to families. From saving money to bonding and creating experiences together, road trips are a great option.
Dollars and Cents: The Monetary Value of Road Trips
If you’re thinking about doing a long road trip (maybe even cross country?), then check out this very handy article from Forbes. It outlines a lot of the costs you will encounter and it gives some great tips for how to plan and save money on the road. Not sure if you should drive your own car or rent one? Then follow the easy instructions here to calculate what kind of costs you’ll gave with each option.
Quality Time on Road Trips
It’s not just about saving money, though. Road trips offer families and friends so much time to connect and share in unique fun. If you need help convincing your significant other or family that a road trip is the way to go this summer check out this list from Road Trip Soul. It’s got all the convincing evidence you’ll need!
If you have a larger family and you’re worried about constant fights, this blog offers 6 helpful tips on exactly what to do to stop those four-hour long arguments. First up? Agreeing on screen time. If you’re going to be on the road, looking outside the window and seeing new sights is a big part of it. So setting a limit on screen time can help limit boredom and battery drains.
Road Trip Games
Of course, hours on a highway can come with boredom. And lots of it, depending on who is in the car. But car games are quick and easy way to break up long stretches and have some fun. There’s always the classics such as 20 Questions, I Spy, and Would You Rather.
And for a new twist, try bringing How Do You See The World? and ask some questions to get to know your friends and family better. You could even screen some cards for questions that will work best for younger kids, teens, and good road trip topics. Whatever you do, remember to have fun and enjoy your time on the road!