“A road trip again?!?!! Mom, I don’t want to sit in a car for a million hours ever again!!!”
Have you ever had this feeling when your parent announced what your next family vacation was going to be? Trips don’t sound good right off the bat, but you have to give them a chance. Maybe it’s a one week winter break trip or a trip just for the weekend. Take it from me, I’m on a two year road trip!
You’re right, sitting in the backseat of a car watching the grey road swish by isn’t that exciting. Neither is counting how many out of state license plates you can find. However, you can make it exciting. I’m not suggesting you bring or download loads of games to play or books to read. I think you can have an awesome road trip if you make the trip into something you want it to be.
Now, how can you possibly turn your parents’ trip into your trip???
Well, are you interested in animals? Do you like swimming? Do you like climbing mountains? Or do you like learning new crafts or ancient myths and legends? Whatever it is you like, this is what your road trip is going to be about.
STEP 1: Choose your thing (cool local legends, animals, flowers, swimming holes, mountains, or crafting) and focus on this one thing everywhere your family stops.
I really like climbing mountains and geology. I like to look out the window and wonder, how did that big mountain get made? I wonder how long it would take to climb that mountain? I’m really lucky to be traveling in Argentina, South America right now because this is where the Andes Mountains are! The tallest peak in North and South America is in Argentina, and you can drive up close to it!
STEP 2: Ask your parent as many questions as you can to test their knowledge and learn all you can from them. The more you know, the easier it is to learn more.
My husband knows a lot about climbing mountains because he has traveled to and hiked in New Zeland, Nepal, several European countries, and all over the United States. He has a lot of experience about how to hike mountains. I ask him how long it would to take climb a mountain or when would be the best time. This helps me be curious about the mountains I see outside my window.
However, mountains are far apart and I don’t always get to see cool geology outside my window, so I have to do other things to keep my enthusiasm going.
STEP 3: Make it your own, document it!
- I keep a journal and scrapbook where I write what I enjoyed when we visited a certain place. It’s like a memory that I can look back on later and know exactly how it felt to be there. I can also draw pictures or glue in memorabilia (things I collected, like admission tickets or cool flowers)
- I take lots of pictures so that I can remember what an amazing place the world is.
- I write a blog to share experiences with my family and friends when I see something really cool! It’s also a great way to show off your awesome pictures!
STEP 4: Keep the excitement going even when it’s over.
- I talk to people to ask them what cool mountains or geology they have seen.
- On this trip I am reading 3 different guide books to learn about what I have seen or what I should see. This also helps me dream about other trips I want to take!
STEP 5: Ask yourself: Are you having a better road trip? I hope so!!!
Now you know how to think like an explorer. Do you feel like this will help you have a better time on your next road trip? Seize the next family trip as an adventure! Do you have any questions or wonderings about what it’s like to travel in a van? Ask me anything!