When I was growing up, family vacation meant one thing…..or two, depending on the season. If it was the summer, vacation meant driving to Lake Tahoe for a week at a cabin in the same neighborhood that my mom had visited with her family when she was younger.
We packed our family car tight with suitcases full of clothes and swimming suits, blow up mattresses for floating on the lake, and coolers and brown shopping bags full of snacks for the road trip.
If it was winter, vacation meant driving south to Los Angeles to spend the week after Christmas at my Grandparent’s house and our annual visit to Disneyland. Once again, we packed the family car full of suitcases, snacks, and pillows for surviving the long car ride.
I was the oldest of 5 kids, and my family now is not too different from the one I grew up in. Five siblings in one car for several hours can be a challenge (having my 5 kids in the same house all day long can be a challenge!) but our car rides often end up being some of the best parts of our family vacations together.
Now that I am a mom of five I understand why my parents always planned our vacations within driving distance. It’s pricey to transport a family of seven by airplane! But even if we could afford to send our whole family on a plane, I’d still take advantage of road trips as often as I could.
For the last 2 years, we’ve driven 17+ hours from the DC area to Florida to spend Christmas with my in laws. Despite the complaining we inevitably hear about halfway through the drive, the kids, my husband and I can’t wait to do it again next Christmas.
Want to read a few of the tricks we’ve used to make our road trips a success? Check out my post on Jen and Barb, Mom Life.
I loved this family road trip video on JenAndBarbMomLife.com:
This is a sponsored post in response to the Family Road Trip video posted on Jen and Barb, Mom Life. Check out my guest post on their blog to see my family road trip tips, and watch the video for some fun ideas, too. As always, thoughts, stories, and opinions are my own.
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