It’s that time of year again. Before too long, we’ll be making the fourteen (yes, you read that right) hour trek to Illinois to visit family for the holidays. Honestly, we’ve made this drive so many times, that by now, we actually look forward to it. Because it means fourteen whole hours of being together. No work, no stress (except for my husband’s slight case of road rage), no house to clean, no laundry to sort, no meals to prepare, no dishes to wash. Just the four of us and our dog, together, all day long. It’s a rarity these days… all of us being together for more than an hour or so in the evening. I think we’re all aching for quiet family time. A break from, well, LIFE. To be honest, it doesn’t happen as often as we’d like it to. I’m guessing that many of you are nodding your heads in agreement, or letting out a long sigh because your heart aches for a quiet break together with those that you love the most.
A road trip gives us all an opportunity to have a little adventure together. We make it fun. Don’t get me wrong, there are tears and at least one dreaded blowout, but our kids have always been troopers. A huge blessing, no doubt. It’s a much needed recharge to prepare for a busy week ahead. Spending time with our family and friends is something that we all look forward to, and enjoy. But, if I’m being completely honest, it’s also tiring. Sleeping in different beds, trying to adapt to different routines (while doing our best to keep the kids on their schedules), attempting to meet up with each and every family member and friend, chasing our toddler around every non toddler-proofed house, and living out of suitcases. It’s exhausting, but so worth it in the end. There are so many moments treasured and memories created.
Since we’ve done this long-distance traveling thing a time or ten (although this will be our first time with two littles), I thought I’d share a few tips for those of you who also have plans to travel for the holidays. We, by no means, have it all figured out, so I’m eager to hear your suggestions as well. My husband and I know firsthand that all children are different, and that each child’s needs are going to be met in different ways. These just happen to be a few things that work well for us.