A road trip should be a time to bond as a family as you travel together. But, when your patience is tested during traffic, feeling bored or uncomfortable, it can become a nightmare. This can lead to arguing, crying, yelling and whining. And it can happen to all of us, unless you follow these tips to avoid an awful road trip:
- Use a GPS – Getting lost is one of the most annoying parts of driving. It’s at least 10 times worse when you’ve been in the car for days on end. The heck with maps, because the person reading the directions to the driver will be the brunt of the anger. (Trust me.) Use an app with voice or a regular car GPS.
- Choose Driving Days –You want to be flexible, but choose what days you’ll be in the car and what days you’ll be sightseeing. Once my husband starts to drive, he doesn’t want to stop. Thank goodness for needing gas and the restroom.
- Decide on Types of Attractions – Do you want to stop at weird road side attractions, museums, theme parks, or all of the above? Take turns so everyone gets a chance at doing what they like, or plan your trip including the stops in advance.
- Prevent Boredom – When you’re bored you’re more likely to find things to argue about. So pack travel games, add new apps, bring along books and download music. Don’t forget headsets.
- Take a Break – Instead of a time out, stop for a break. Grab a bite to eat, walk around, check out a welcome center and gather your thoughts. Talk over the problem. Forgive and forget.
- Get Comfortable – Bring along pillows, including neck pillows, blankets, sleep masks and stuffed animals or other cuddly items for the kids to feel comfortable. Take a nap to reduce stress.
A road trip can be an adventure filled with fun if you think of others, practice patience and work around problems. What have you done to avoid an awful road trip?
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