20 November 2013

Planning a Fun Family Road Trip

For many people a family road trip sounds like a nightmare. Ideally, a family holiday should be about getting from A to B with as little stress and hassle as possible. But taking a road trip is one of the best ways to get plenty of variety in your holiday as well as spending much-needed quality time with the family.

Of course, taking a road trip is just like any other holiday in that it requires plenty of planning and preparation before you go. So if you’re planning a road trip with your nearest and dearest any time soon, here are my top three tips to consider before you go.

Be prepared!
How much planning you do in terms of booking hotels or staying with friends and relatives depends on what sort of holiday you’re planning. If there are certain places you want to go on your trip then it might be best to plan a route beforehand and book into some hotels. Otherwise, why not be a bit more spontaneous and take your road trip one day at a time, only stopping when you feel like it?

If you do decide to plan an itinerary before you go, why not include all the family and use a map to plot your route. That way, everyone is included in the holiday well before you go and you can even do lots of research about the places you’re likely to visit. Be sure to include lots of break times in your itinerary and allow for bad traffic during rush hour in and around major cities.

Fun for the kids
One of the reasons so many people are hesitant to go on a family road trip is the fear that the kids will be bored. Admittedly, kids and long journeys aren't exactly a great mix but there are plenty of ways to avoid the inevitable boredom.

There are loads of games and fun stuff for kids to do, to keep them entertained instead of staring out at the grey motorway. Car games such as I-spy and alphabet-based memory games are great way to engage the kids during a long drive. There are plenty of amazing print & cut puzzle games and other in-car game resources available to keep the kids entertained while you focus on the journey ahead.

Money saving tips
Holidays can be expensive and with the constantly increasing price of fuel, a road trip is no exception. But there are ways to keep the costs down on your road trip holiday such as getting reward points on your fuel bills, which you can redeem at any time.

It’s also a good idea to take rest breaks and have meals in places off the beaten track. Even though the motorways are littered with service stations and fast food restaurants, the chances are you’ll spend over and above what you really need to. Stopping in a local town or village means you’re much more likely to get good food at lower prices.

Another great way to save some cash is to plan your route so you can stay with friends and family rather than spend lots of money on hotels.

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  1. Thats fantastic advice will have to mention this to hubby as we have family and friends that live 4/5 hours drive away would be great to take it mor at liesure and stay somewere else on the way :)

  2. Good suggestions for a holiday or short break. I believe any family outing is best planned for by including and involving each family member. Though they need to remember they will be involved and consulted. But ultimate decisions are made by responsible adult/s, and this is to be respected.

    Rachel Craig

  3. Lovely ideas thank you for sharing!

  4. Many Years ago (35) we drove to Denia on the costa blanca with 6 children ranging in age from 18 months to 13 years. No electronic gadgets to entertain them but lots of I spy and singing and family quizzes! It toook three days each way stopping in France and enjoying the scenery Fabulous your review brought it all back thank you