Posted: September 17th, 2012
Travel tips I learned from my kids
My three adult children are gypsies, I think. My older two have moved more in the past few years than I have ever moved in my life. I traveled with them this summer, and here are a few things I have learned:
- I worry constantly when they travel on their own, but they have all mastered Google maps on their phones. I remember toiling over paper road maps and routes as a kid, thanks to my dad. Now, kids can see it all on a phone screen. And reroute you in seconds if you get lost.
- Pack light. No one had excesses of shoes, shorts or anything — odd for us, a bunch of shoe junkies.
- Make a lot of short stops on long 9 to 11-hour driving journeys. My daughter will disagree here, but the stops relieve the boredom of riding or driving. She is more of a “plow through for hours” kind of gal. I need coffee and bathrooms. The boys needed leg stretching and smoking time. I despise the smoking, but they are adults. For Christmas, they are getting patches and nicotine gum.
- Pack sandwiches, chips and snacks. I always hated when my parents insisted that we eat baloney sandwiches along the way, but my kids love it. Our sandwiches are more ham, turkey and salami. Oh and snacks — don’t forget the snacks. We tested out potato chips manufactured in three states and they were good!
- I’m not a fan of long car trips, but my kids were unfazed. I would be the one to ask “Are we there yet?” My older two have driven all over the eastern U.S., so 12-hours is nothing to them. Now that we have one long trip under out belts, I’d do it again. We all want to try a train trip and my daughter has chatted about Megabus, so who knows what’s next?
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