My family recently returned from our first major summer vacation together. To give you a sense, here are the relevant numbers:
- 12 days
- 6,200 kms
- 2 adults + 4 kids
- 1 mini-van
- 7 hotels
- 5 provinces + 2 time zones
I consider the trip a success, but it wasn’t at all what I’d expected. Here are a few lessons I am taking away from our family road trip adventure.
- The availability of laundry facilities at a hotel is just as important as a pool when you’re away with kids.
- Fabulous weather is a huge blessing and should not be taken for granted.
- Long road trips amplify everyone’s best and worst personality traits.
- A GPS and Google Maps can never replace patience, a road map and some common sense. (Especially when navigating in New Brunswick.)
- For every one family adventure, parents should take at least two adults-only holidays. When travelling with children, there is no vacation from being a parent.
- Limiting screen time on a holiday is important for both parents and children.
- One of the best gifts you can give yourself when you return home is to clean your house and prepare an oven-ready meal before you leave.
- Great family vacations are not measured by souvenirs or the perfect photo. The best memories come from the smallest things.