A family road trip is a great way to create lasting memories with people you love, but the memories don’t start when you arrive at your destination. They begin the minute you get in your vehicle. At State Van Rental, we understand how fun it is to dream about the perfect family road trip, and how frustrating it can be when the kids keep asking, “Are we there yet?” In planning the best family road trips, we’ve set out to give you some guidelines and pointers to help along the way.
1. On Your Mark…Get Set…
Before you set off on your journey, it’s helpful to remember a few important facts about family travel. While you may think the destination is the most important part of your trip, 30% of travelers say that the journey is, in fact, the most memorable part of the trip.
To make your trip fun and memorable, it helps to map out an agenda of fun activities to engage your kid’s attention. Be prepared to substitute one activity with another if sudden changes shake up your plans. If you need some help choosing activities, check out the suggestions below.
2. Activities on the Road
These days, we use digital entertainment like never before, it’s easy to forget that games can be fun without the use of technology. If you and your family absolutely need to stay connected, State Van Rental offers optional Wifi hotspots in our vehicles. But, if your kids already get more than enough screen time, keep your laptop and tablet packed away and try the following fun games.
In this game, you think of a person, place, or thing, and your kids can ask up to 20 questions to guess what it is. When your kids are asking the questions, try to think of something they really know about, like their favorite movie or T.V. characters.
Fortunately / Unfortunately
In this activity, you speak two or more sentences and start them with the word “fortunately” or “unfortunately”. The sentences must alternate good and bad news. For example, you could say, “Unfortunately, my dog ran away. Fortunately, he came back with a $100 bill in his mouth. Unfortunately, he ate the money”. In addition to being fun, this game helps kids develop their language skills and reasoning.
I Spy With My Little Eye
You probably already know how this one goes. You say, “I spy with my little eye…”, and then choose something to describe to the rest of the group to see if they can guess what it is. Because young children are often eager to learn about the world around them, this can be a great game for pre-adolescents.
Unless your destination is close and you plan to travel without stopping, you’ll probably be stopping at restaurants and rest stations along the road. These pit stops give you the chance to play “finders keepers” with free items that you find at various locations. Collect items like brochures, maps, and pins. The person who has the most items when you arrive at your destination wins.
If your kids can’t possibly tear themselves away from their screens for very long, there are plenty of collaborative apps and games to keep them entertained and engaged in a fun group activity. Apps like Draw Something encourage creativity through digital sketching. Or, if your family is up for an old-fashioned guessing game, Heads Up! puts a 21st century spin on the classic. The game is similar to charades, but instead of a deck of cards, the guessing player holds up a smartphone against their forehead while the other players give clues on the app’s chosen word. High tech entertainment can be just as social and fun for the whole family. If your vehicle has a wifi hotspot like the kind offered from State Van Rental, then the options are endless.
3. Activities Off the Map
Planning activities along the travel route is another way to create the best family road trips. While making sure you have several planned stops along your trip is a good idea, leave room for spontaneity. If your kids see an interesting roadside attraction, they’ll relish the opportunity to explore and let out some of their energy.
Sometimes traveling a smaller road will stem the tide of interesting activities, but as long as you’re driving on a major thoroughfare, you’re likely to find unique, single location eateries, shops that sell souvenirs, and possibly even nature sites open to the public. Stopping at parks, caves, vista points, and beaches allow for exciting investigation and discovery opportunities. Stop to enjoy these places and make great vacation memories.
4. The More the Merrier
When you include lots of activities in your plans, it’s fun for everyone — and the more family members that come along, the more fun you’ll have. The challenge, of course, is finding a vehicle roomy enough to seat everyone and reliable enough to make it through a long trip. At State Van Rental, we meet the challenge by offering a great selection of vans that carry up to 15 travelers in safety, comfort and style.
When you use our spacious, comfortable vans, you can travel with more than just your kids. Invite grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles, and even the in-laws.
Renting a van for your road trip will save you hundreds of dollars on gas, parking fees, and tolls. You’ll also avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your own car. Now that you don’t need to worry about your vehicle, you can concentrate on having the best family road trips this summer.
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The best family road trips don’t happen by accident. They require a little planning, especially if you’re traveling with kids and other relatives. Using the pointers above is a great way to get your trip off to a good start and enjoy the miles as you travel to your destination. So disconnect from the online world, climb into one of our spacious vans, and let the open road bring you happiness.