If someone were to ask me my favorite way to travel, it would certainly be by car. I’m not a fan of air travel and growing up, road trips were the way we got from point A to point B, when a vacation was involved. Because of this, I think I have a thing for road trips. Not just a thing, a real love for them.
I remember some of my first road trips being from Florida to Michigan every other summer when I was growing up. We’d leave in the middle of the night & drive for 20+ hours straight, stopping only for bathroom breaks & to eat. My brother & I would pack our bags of goodies, things to pass the time on the long drive. It started out with coloring books and walkmans and eventually advanced to teen magazines, a personal cd player, and a plethora of cds as I grew older. And don’t even get me started on the snacks we would bring, licorice, chex mix, and any item that belonged in the junk food category of the food pyramid.
One year, when I was in middle school, I talked my parents into letting me stay in Michigan for a few extra days and drive home with three of my aunts and my cousin Amy, who was just a year younger than me. That road trip home was probably one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever been on. All five of us & our luggage crammed into a small two-door SUV was quite the site. I kept a journal of our travels that year and within the first half hour of the trip we had already stopped three times for bathroom breaks if that tells you anything about how the next few days on the road went.
The first road trip I took away from family was the year before Mike and I got married when we traveled with a few friends through Florida, Alabama, and Georgia stopping to see “World’s Largest” things in each state. Like the World’s Largest Chair in Anniston, Alabama and the World’s Largest Brick in Montgomery, Alabama. On that road trip we also stopped at a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Alabama, The Varsity in Atlanta, and it was the first time we ever hit up Ikea! We almost didn’t find a motel room the first night of our trip and ended up in a little dive where we slept on top of the covers because under them seemed a little questionable. If that road trip wasn’t memorable, I don’t know what is!
Road trips are a little different these days. Now, I’m one of the drivers behind the wheel (or at most, in charge of the map) and I have to keep the three children occupied from point A to point B. Packing coloring books, and handheld games, and enough food to feed an army. Listening to “Are we there yet!?!?” about 100 time before even making it an hour down the road (I honestly thought that was just something they made up in movies and on tv until we took our first road trip as a family of five this past summer to Tennessee and my kids wouldn’t stop asking that question!”).
I think about the road trips we’ll be taking over the years to come and the memories we’ll be making as we drive hours upon hours to our destination and just smile knowing my kids will grow up with some of the same experiences I did as a kid.
Do you have a memorable road trip? Share your story in the comments, I’d love to hear about it! (P.S. Click the image below to watch a commercial that Lilah loved!)
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