Not enough families hit the road for a vacation without much of a destination in mind. With kids in the backseat, it often feels like you better have a big “payoff,” like a theme park, at the end of the road or you’ll never hear the end of it. But there are many natural, tranquil wonders along this country’s back roads, and often the little mom-and-pop businesses you find along the way make for better memories than the overcrowded typical tourist destinations. Resolve to take your family on at least one countryside trip without much planning involved.
Invest in an RV
Country traveling is made so much easier when you always have a comfortable, luxury-hotel-like place to spend the night: your own RV. If you don’t know where you’re going or how far you’ll get each day, you can’t exactly make hotel reservations. Plus, you might find yourself in such a small town, they don’t have a big hotel for you to stay at. Your kids will travel more comfortably if you have an RV – and you’ll save money on hotel fare.
Cook Your Own Meals
Rather than worrying about finding a place to eat three times a day or spending too much on eating out during your vacation, stock your RV kitchen cupboards with food and make your own meals as often as possible during the trip. This is especially beneficial if one or more members of the family has a food allergy or is trying to eat healthier; you never know what’s in food at restaurants. Plus, then you can stop at a camping ground at night without a restaurant for miles, knowing everyone will go to bed well-fed.
Even if you want your family to take in the scenery during your trip, kids’ attention spans can only handle so much nature-viewing while you’re still on the road. Pull the RV over and get out to explore the countryside whenever you see a park or camping ground that looks like a good spot, but let your kids entertain themselves along the way and in the evening. Bring movies and load them onto their tablets or play them when you park on the RV’s TV.
Set a number of days for your trip, pack your family into your RV and just go. Halfway through the trip, turn around and take a different route home. It’ll be chaotic, but with your RV there to support you, it’ll prove to be one of the best vacations of your life.