Labor Day weekend is upon us. I know I’m not alone when I sit here shaking my head, thinking “where did the time go? Summer just flew by !!
Although there are still a few weeks before Autumn officially begins, Labor Day Weekend is (for all practical purposes anyway) the unofficial end of summer. Many families celebrate this long holiday weekend by taking a road trip.
Traveling by car has many advantages for families … especially those with young children 🙂
~ AAA has reported that the price of gas hasn’t been this low since 2004. Spending less at the pump puts more $$ in the vacation budget — sounds like an advantage to me.
~ Your kids are in familiar surroundings … in their own car seat, have their own toys, their favorite snacks, etc.
~ You can take as many breaks as needed – when you need them. You can get out to stretch your legs or sooth a cranky child.
~ You choose meal times and where to eat.
~ You could go “old school” for the weekend … unplug (give your electronic device their own vacation). You could use an atlas to map out your route. If you happen to miss a turn off along the way, just say “we’re taking the scenic route”.
~ Continuing with the “old school” theme, you can play games like “I Spy”, or sing songs together, color / work in puzzle books, or play the license plate game, etc. Have light-hearted conversations … use this time to re-connect with each other without electronic distractions.
~ Take time to make unplanned stops … pull over to the see kitschy things like “the world’s largest ball of yarn” 🙂
These “old school” ideas may sound corny, but they will help make some wonderful family memories … memories your families will cherish for a lifetime (even if they never get posted on facebook or twitter) !!
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