Road trips are a classic vacation experience for the modern family. While many jokes and depictions revolve around impatient children squirming in the backseat, there’s still no denying how valuable this experience is. Like any trip, there will certainly be highs and lows. However, if done right, you can turn your family vacation into the trip of a lifetime. Your children will experience the world and learn new lessons as you explore miles and miles of stretching highways and awe-inspiring landscapes. You might learn a thing or two along the way as well. When wondering if a road trip is right for your next vacation, consider these three rewarding benefits of taking a family road trip.
Teach the Kids Patience
If you have young kids—and even if you don’t – there’s a good chance you’re going to hear a chorus of “Are we there yet?” or “I’m bored” at some point during your road trip. You might even hear the words come from your own mouth once or twice. Things don’t always go your way, especially when you’re in a car or camper for an extended period of time. You might take a wrong turn, run into construction or traffic, or simply face boredom. However, if you lead by example and remind your kids that this is part of a unique adventure, you can all enjoy the passing hours much more. By taking a little longer to reach your destination, you teach your kids—and remind yourself—of the satisfaction that patience can bring.
Memories of Quality Time
The benefits of taking a family road trip can stick with you and your loved ones for the rest of your lives. A road trip is particularly special because of the time you spend both physically and emotionally close together. While long hours in the backseat can be aggravating, it can also strengthen your relationships as you find new ways to get along and entertain each other. Plus, a long drive doesn’t have to lead to grumpy car rides. You can take an RV for more space and even outfit it with the essential upgrades for a more comfortable trip and stay once you reach your destination.
You Get to See the World
This is true of any kind of travel, but road trips offer a unique opportunity to see not just your destination, but all the miles that brought you there. This is the perfect chance to encourage questions, wonder, and exploration from the rest of your family. Make sure you take time to admire the scenery you’re passing through. After all, the journey is half the fun—road trips are a fantastic way to remind yourself of that.