If you’re planning your next family holiday, why not consider a road trip?
Although flying to far-flung destinations is a go-to option for many, road trips are still popular and have seen something of a resurgence in recent years. Road trips offer families an experience to see places you otherwise would never see otherwise and often results in discovering new and exciting places you never knew existed!
Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why you should consider a family road trip.
1. Everyone can get involved
Once you decide to go on a road trip, the whole family can sit down to help plan a route, choose places to stop, and come up with ideas for activities. You could even design your own map. This can also be used as an educational tool to teach the kids about geography. I personally loved looking at the map as a kid and it’s one of the reasons I love to travel so much today!
In planning the trip, make sure you listen to everything little ones have to say, even if some of their suggestions aren’t possible. (In some cases, giving them a list of activities to choose from might work better.) Being so involved with the planning process means kids are going to be more invested in making the trip and success, and so they’re more likely to behave — a win-win situation for all of you.
2. It’s budget friendly
As long as your car is in good condition, a road trip will normally cost less than flying, getting the train, or catching a bus, especially if there are a lot of you. This means you could have more money for attractions, exploring, food, accommodation… the choice is yours.
The wonderful thing about road trips is that they can be tailored very specifically to suit your budget, whether you want to go down the camping/cool box route or stay in hotels along the way.
Need some advice about driving holidays? Check out Secret Traveler’s tips for staying safe on the road.
3. It gives you more freedom and flexibility
On a road trip, you won’t be at the mercy of airlines and/or travel operators, which means you can set off and stop whenever you like. This is especially useful when you’re traveling with young children, who may need more frequent toilet breaks and rest stops, and it gives you all more chances to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
Going at your own pace also means your plans can change if you need them to. You might discover a hidden attraction you’d all really like to visit; you might decide to spend more time exploring outside if the weather is good. It’s entirely up to you.
4. You can take the scenic route
Road trips are as much about what happens along the way as they are about your destinations. With this in mind, don’t be afraid to take a longer route if there’s more to see and do. It’s an opportunity to go to places you wouldn’t normally visit, and passengers of all ages will be kept occupied if there’s something to look at outside the window!
Want to know how to drive along a scenic route? This guide has you covered.
5. It’s a simple way to spend quality time together
All you need to do is pack up the car and set off, there you have it — a break from everyday life. With everyone able to switch off from responsibilities such as work and school, you’ll be able to stay in the present moment, make memories, and share experiences you’ll be talking about for years to come.
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