Growing up, we pretty much always had summer vacations. I remember my parents starting in the winter to plan out our summer vacation. I remember my dad would bring home brochures, and they would discuss and decide and then announce to the 7 of us the plan. My father's top dresser drawer was ALWAYS full of brochures of places he wanted to go. Don't know if it still is, now that we have the Internet, but it was quite the collection back then. Sometimes our vacation was visiting relatives in Tennessee or going fishing in the U.P. of Michigan. And sometimes it was a "big deal" like visiting Canada and Niagara Falls. Most of the time, though, money was tight for our family of nine, so our summer getaway was simply a weekend of camping. I have fond memories of Turkey Run State Park as well as other camping trips. And of course, no matter where we went, we always traveled by car.
"I don't always enjoy roadtrips NOW because..." (CONs)
- I hate being the only adult driver.
- I hate driving in bad weather
- I hate trying to stay awake, or worse, having to take a "cat-nap" at a truck stop. (too vulnerable)
- Sometimes the kids get restless and get on each other's (or my) nerves
- With kids we have to make more pit-stops along the way, thus adding a little more time here or there.
- It is a reminder that I no longer work for the airlines, therefore giving up my free-flight benefits.
- I worry if my vehicle will make it, or if I breakdown in the middle of nowhere.
- As a single mom, I feel a little more vulnerable while traveling or camping.
"But...I also like Road Trips because..." (PRO's)
- They bring back memories from when I was little.
- I love seeing new places along the way.
- I enjoy "scenery".
- I get to eat junk-food to keep me awake!
- I like the "bonding" with the kids...(even though now they watch dvd's and have ipods, etc).
- I like planning my routes, and gauging my time and feel a sense of accomplishment when I am "making good time".
- I have a great sense of direction and rarely miss a turn. So, I guess I feel like it's something I'm "good" at.
- It feels like an adventure, and I love adventure.
- I know that there is another adventure waiting for me when I get "there".
How about you? Do you enjoy roadtrips? What are YOUR pro's & con's?