Coming from a family of seven, flying was never really an option when vacation time came around. California to see crazy Grandma Lilly, Kansas City for some good ol’ midwest family fun, or Florida for Disney razamatazz (where I BEGGED to eat at Cinderella’s castle only to freeze up completely star struck when she came to our table…closely followed by my parents’ scornful glance at the $200 bill).
Trip after trip, me and my four sisters would load up the Astro van with coloring books, Barbies and the big fight starter, Battleship. Now we’re a little older and swapping coloring books for novels, trading Barbies for knitting and tapping away at laptops in place of Battleship. The Astro van too, is long in the past, but now we pile into a roomy Honda Odessey instead (because that’s how we roll).
We all know it’s hard to get away from work, it’s too expensive, or who will feed the poor fish? Make the time, sell your dusty treadmill and find a fish sitter because while glamorous it ain’t road tripping is FUN! We all know the stats on how healthy vacation time is for us and how often we DON’T take advantage of it. I work hard to play hard, and too many of us work hard to…well, work harder.
Don’t get me wrong, I love finding a bargain, board a plane, be magically whisked where I need to go, but sometimes that just isn’t realistic. For instance, gas money roundtrip from Omaha to Florida, with all five of us sisters, cost less than ONE plane ticket, in COACH. Not to mention we had an absolute blast on the trip. Sometimes it IS all about the journey.
Road Tripping is a great way to spend time with your family, friends, or your lobster (significant other).
Trade out ipods, bring a video camera along, buy a book of questions. Any trip is what you make it! When’s the last time you had a heart to heart with your sister, or listened to your best friend belt out a custom junior high playlist full of their favorite songs? Have you asked your boyfriend if he believes in aliens, tried to guess his “number” or any of the other hundred questions that can pop into your head when you have 12 uninterrupted hours together.
A road trip isn’t just about getting where you’re going, it’s about spending time with your people, you know, the ones you take for granted sometimes? Take a week, a weekend, or just a day and start motorin’. A road trip is affordable, fun and takes you down the road less traveled (so to speak). Your schedule is your own, you can change plans or routes last minute and (safety first!) you can always pack one more body in a van :)