Holiday Road Trip with Kids?
Ahhh! 8 more days until Christmas and let me tell you….I have very few presents for our kids.
We have decided to be a bit more calm about gifts this year..instead of piles of presents under the tree…there will be just a few special ones. We have talked to the kids about Santa and the fact that he can only give one present to each child and the rest will be from family. And, the kids have BEGGED to go to Vermont this year and we are going to do that. It will be counted as one of their presents—and it will be a good one. We are driving (again) and will stop in great places along the way.
We have planned stops in Charleston, SC (I want to go to a nice restaurant and a ghost tour), Washington DC, Asheville, NC and Tallahassee, FL on the way home. We may try to squeeze a day in NYC.
Wondering why we would drive instead of settle for a two hour flight?
1) We will have to rent a car when we get there and thought if we drive our own that saves the car rental expense. And, right now the going rates are between $600-$800 for a car rental for two weeks.
2) It gives us a chance to see another part of the country. We have never been through South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania,Upstate New York. I have romantic visions of it being lots of snow covered mountains but cleared highways. Lots of cute little roadside restaurants and no chain restaurants. Am I right?
Although, we will just be driving through–we will have a little bit of time to stop for quick sight-seeing and to sample the local foods. I plan to do lots of research before we go–on things we must try, and places we should stop. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I’ll be writing (and social media-ing) about our experiences and it will give me good practice for our ROUND THE WORLD trip that starts September 2016.
3) I don’t feel like flying and neither do the kids. When I think about dealing with security, baggage fees, cramped airplanes and odd schedules–I would rather just stay home. I do understand that probably about four hours into the drive, I may be cursing the road just as much.
4) We can bring stuff with us. We don’t have to worry about packing light or leaving stuff in Vermont because we can’t fit it in our bags. We can be hoarders!
5) It sounds kind of nice to just sit and read and talk and listen to books on tape and look out the window. I do realize that I will likely be breaking up fights, looking for Gameboy chargers, wishing I was in the bath.
6) I don’t know when else we could something like this. Ideally, this would be a summer trip with camping every night BUT Aaron’s business is so busy in the summer and he will likely not be able to take this much time off. There might not be another good time for a family road trip.
7) We found a great dog/house sitter and we really will have no worries. I’m excited to just hit the road!
Wish us luck and send along any advice you might have–especially the best restaurants to stop at on the way.