We are getting ready to drive to Maine in a few days, and this time, the kids are coming along. This will be our first, multi-day family car trip. When we used to visit Nebraska, we always flew, but our circumstances our different, and if we want to go, which we do, we have to drive.
“Why can’t we just fly? Why do we have to drive?” the kids asked at dinner the other night.
Scott and I sat for a minute, and debated about giving the practical answer, but kids don’t want to hear those reasons. Plus, the second I say, “Well, it’s about money —- wha wha wha wha ——- wha ….. blah blah blah Mom talks too much anyway….”
Instead, this is what we told them:
Road trips are so much fun!
You never know what you will see!
Or what the next state will look like:
When you drive, you can go out of your way to meet new people.
You never know what amazing things are waiting for you at rest stops.
When you fly, you miss the AMAZING landscapes that God created.
He wants us to enjoy his world.
There are so many things in our country that we don’t know even exist. We find them when we drive.
You never know who might run into on the road. Maybe we will meet a celebrity!
When you drive, you can change your plans if you are running ahead of schedule and see even more neat things.
Nature can also surprise you too! You really NEVER know what will happen next.
There are so many reasons why driving is better than flying.
“Sure, we will spend many hours in the car, sure it will be long, but think of all the adventures we might have!”
As we were convincing them (and trying to convince ourselves that a road trip with kids will be h, so wonderful!) the kids were just staring at us. We are hoping that our enthusiasm sold it to them, but…umm, hmm, Time will tell. If nothing else, it will provide me with many months of writing inspiration.
Please, do you have any tips or tricks for LONG road trips with kids? Or tell me your road trip story, did you have any surprises along the way? I love to hear from you!