Lots of readers wrote in via email, or on our facebook page, to share stories of family road trips! Parents and kids around the world enjoy driving vacations as a way to explore as a family, spend quality time together bonding, and to see more of the country they’re in. Here are some of the stories we heard: Continue reading
Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming): breathtaking blue glaciers, a 13,770-foot mountain, blue glaciers, moose, and 300+ bird species.
When friends from other countries ask me for recommendations on what to visit while in the US, I always recommend a trip to a National Park. For families who live in the US, National Parks are an obvious choice for extraordinary scenery, unique landscapes, and natural adventures. In 2010, 281,303,769 recreational visitors from around the world spent time in National Parks! Here are some tips for those visiting a National Park with children: how you can enjoy everything the National Park Service has to offer, and make the trip memorable, educational, and fun for everyone. Continue reading
We want our kids to be curious about new destinations, to get excited about family road trips, and to look forward to traveling- and as parents, we want to enjoy traveling as a family as well! Keep kids happy in the car with these fun games and activities. If I’ve missed any, leave us a comment and let us know your favorite way to pass the time in the car with kids.
If you ever want to see sympathetic parents shudder- while whispering “crazy!” as you leave- tell them you are planning a 20 hour long road little kids. Although kids are notoriously challenging travelers, with preparation and good practices, the whole family can enjoy long car rides. Parents, teachers, and caregivers know that kids are at their worst when they are 1) tired, 2) hungry, or 3) bored. Here are 4 ways you can prevent these car-induced tantrums, driver despair, and whiny backseat riders. Continue reading
Today’s post is written by my friend Jayme. Jayme is the adoptive mother to twins, Isabel Tsege and Elijah Geremu, who were born in Ethiopia. She loves to explore the world with her children, and actively seeks out every opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of both culture and geography. Her primary goal as a parent is to raise happy, thoughtful, compassionate, confident and creative little citizens of the world. Check out her blog “adventures of the wondertwins” to learn more about her cuties!
- Jon with the twins on a recent road trip through southern Ethiopia
Our family loves road trips, and we’ve been on quite a few since the twins were babies. Some people may think we’re crazy for spending so much time in the car with our kids, but it’s just become a way of life for us. We treat time in the car as family time, and do not rely on things like DVD players or video games to pass the time. Instead we sing songs, talk, look at maps, play the alphabet game, storytelling games, geography games, or “bury the cows” Continue reading
Parent know that hungry kids are crabby kids. Let’s be honest- hungry adults get in bad moods too. Tantrums in an enclosed car (by kids or adults:) are like fingernails on a chalkboard, and are to be avoided at all costs! But, eating on the road does not have to mean breakfast, lunch, and dinner at fast food places and gas stations. Here are some easy meals and snacks that you can prepare before the trip and enjoy along the way. Eating in the car saves time and money, is usually healthier, occupies the kids- and is an exciting “break” in long drives. When someone asked Ricky what he liked about the trip to Chicago was, he smiled and said “Eating snacks in the car!” Here are our favorites.
Why on Earth would sane parents pack up their car and strap in their children for a cross-country road trip, that may take 10 times longer than a plane ride to the same destination? Here are some of our reasons for choosing to take our kids on driving vacations. Continue reading
We read books about dentists before we went to the dentist the first time, books about having a baby sister before our little one was born, and books about going into kindergarten before the big day. So it was only natural to get out stories out about long road trips! Here’s our first article in the series “Road Trips with Kids,” with some great books to read about car travel before your big trip. Continue reading
Living across the country from our families means frequent 20 hour carrides north to Chicago and south to Mexico City. We’ve also taken vacations within the US and abroad that have included driving around for hours and days (even surviving a few without a DVD player:). Without intending to, we’ve become quite the experts in looooong road trips. I’m going to share what’s worked for us: the best strategies, travel games, books, snacks, and activities to keep the kids happy (and therefore, the parents happy) when in the car.
Day 1. Books about Road Trips (to read before you go!)
Day 2. Why Choose a Driving Vacation with Kids!?
Day 3. Eating on the Road: Meals and Snacks
BONUS: One Family’s Road Trip Experiences
Day 4. Best Practices: Road-Tripping with Happy Kids
Day 5. Games and Activities to Keep the Kids Busy
Day 6. Destination: US National Parks
Day 7. Reader’s Stories of Survival on the Road with Kids
Answer these questions and email us a picture to be included in Day 7′s article! Email your responses to kidworldcitizen (at) gmail (dot) com
- How many hours was the trip? What was your origin and destination?
- How many kids were along for the ride? What were their ages?
- Tell us a favorite memory from a family road trip.
- What’s your favorite travel tip for families deciding to do a driving vacation?