Lessons from the Road

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.

  1. The availability of laundry facilities at a hotel is just as important as a pool when you’re away with kids.
  2. Fabulous weather is a huge blessing and should not be taken for granted.
  3. Long road trips amplify everyone’s best and worst personality traits.  
  4. A GPS and Google Maps can never replace patience, a road map and some common sense. (Especially when navigating in New Brunswick.)
  5. 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.  
  6. Limiting screen time on a holiday is important for both parents and children. 
  7. 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. 
  8. Great family vacations are not measured by souvenirs or the perfect photo.  The best memories come from the smallest things.