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Seven Tips to Start Your Vacation Off Right, Not.

August 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Have you ever thought that you and your family would be in the car for a six hour ride to your vacation destination, and still been in the car at hour TEN? 

We recently had that pleasure and here are some tips for that wonderful, relaxing ride to your vacation spot:

  1. Bring an old, not up-to-date GPS navigator.  It’s really fun when it doesn’t know roads and exit ramps have changed!
  2. Be sure that your husband (the guy that always checks Yahoo Maps before a trip) doesn’t bother to find out how long it will take to get to your destination.  Although unspoken, suddenly it will feel like it has always been your job to do this.
  3. Related to tip 2, don’t discuss how long the drive will be until you are on the road.
  4. Bring lots of things for the kids to drink so that a certain child needs plenty of bathroom stops.
  5. Have one of your children develop symptoms of an ear infection the night before you leave.  Be in the pediatrician’s office at the time you were supposed to start off on your trip.  Wait in pharmacy for the medication that will cure ear infection, but give your child stomach problems.
  6. Forget to put on your Sea-Bands and wonder why you are feeling slightly nauseous an hour into the ride.
  7. Make sure that every single road you are going to travel on is in the middle of a massive construction project.

Do you have any tips from your own horrendous glorious travel ride?  I’d love to hear them!

Tags: Family

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lailani // Aug 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Whooo Hooo – can I relate!

    1. Be sure it is no less than six in the mini van for 6 days.

    2. Be sure that 17 year old brings all dirty clothes and asks 30 minutes into trip when we can get her clothes washed

    3. Be sure teenagers have a favorite song to sing 415 times just in the first 5 hours of the trip.

    4. Be sure that the younger children have a laser pointer to shine out the hotel/motel windows scaring pedestrians to death – especially in DC

    5. Be sure when sibling rivalry takes over to open the mini van door so hard that it comes off in your hand – right before a clap of thunder and torrential rain begin

    ahhh, family vacations and the smiles they DO leave.

  • 2 Gayle // Aug 31, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Lailani, these tips are great! Yipes on #4!

  • 3 lailani // Sep 1, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you – we crack up now and have not traveled that far or for that long together since. . . but time does a wonderful thing for all the memories, they are now priceless :)

  • 4 Gayle // Sep 2, 2008 at 11:22 am

    That is so true. I know that these “annoyances” will be fun memories in the future!

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