Summer vacation is almost here and you want to spend some quality time with the whole family, but you can not afford an expensive resort vacation. Now your thinking we want to get away but airfare is too expensive. What can we fit into our budget? Ah ha! You've got it, Road Trip! Now it's up to you to plan it. Where do you start? The travel gods have brought you to this article. Read it, make notes, be brave and do not forget to wear your seatbelts.
1. First figure out where you want to go. Visit your favorite search engine and type in the name of the city or state you think you may want to visit plus keywords like tourism or family and do not forget other keywords such as discount or free or fun. Many areas have tourism web sites dedicated to helping lure more tourist dollars their way. These web sites often offer discounts and coupons on popular area attractions and some list free attractions. Who does not love free? You will also usually be able to find useful information such as what the average temperatures are during the time of year you want to go, and lists of recommended lodging. Now that you know where you want to go read on for more instruction.
2. Prepare your vehicle. A road trip is no fun if you are stranded on the side of the road. At least a week before your trip take your vehicle in for an oil change ask them to check all the fluid levels and inspect your tires and wiper blades, air filters and to alert you if they see anything odd. While you can not predict a roadside breakdown some can be preceded with basic maintenance. It is also a good time to wash and vacuum your vehicle since you will be spending some time in it.
3. Plan your route. If you did not find a free downloadable map on one of the web sites. Purchase a road atlas or you can visit a mapping web site for directions. Most will calculate the amount of travel time as well as total miles, some will even give you suggested stops along the way.
4. Bring snacks Do not expect everyone to get hungry the same time that you are. If your family is anything like mine people get grumpy when they are hungry. Have some granola bars or fruit or other snacks handy for in between stop snacking.
5. Bring entertainment Bring the MP3 players, DVD player's, or if you are lucky and your children are readers bringing books or magazines, books on CD are good too.
6. Try some different flavors. Check out the mom and pop restaurant you see with the packed parking lot instead of going to eat at the same chain restaurant you go to when you are at home.
Hope this articles give you a good starting point from which to start planning your family road trip. Some other words of advice for the road. If you get lost think of it as a scenic detour. Try to go with the flow and enjoy your family. Write a postcard to the grandparents. Take pictures of your favorite sites. Remember you are all together to have fun.