Going on a road trip with your family is a great adventure that requires a lot of preparation! Indeed, much more than joining one point to another, the road trip is, above all, a trip that attracts more and more travellers around the world. If you, too, are tempted by this style of travel but are afraid of making mistakes with your little tribe, this article is made for you!
Mistake 1- Not taking into account the mileage between each step
Going on a trip should be a pleasure for both adults and children, especially if your children suffer from motion sickness. Indeed, being able to enjoy each step of the journey is one of the keys to a successful road trip. Therefore, if you are rather limited in travel time, we advise you to choose short and low mileage stages with less busy itineraries. This way, your children can enjoy the visits and activities at each strategic site without spending too much time in the car.
Most of the time, the most common mistake is to underestimate distances and driving times by wanting to do too much without being able to enjoy it well in the end. For example, the maximum recommended driving time for a stage is 6 hours per day if traveling with your children.
Mistake 2- Not making enough stops
We recommend that you plan enough stops regardless of the distance you travel. In fact, it is recommended that you make a 30-minute stop every two hours to stretch your legs. You can sometimes find rest areas along the way to rest a little and give your children a snack. However, don’t be discouraged if you can’t find one, as fast-food chains and gas stations can be good alternatives.
Mistake 3- Not budgeting for enough fuel
It’s important to budget for the fuel you’ll need between stops because nothing is worse than running out of fuel. In fact, there may not be a gas station or fuel dispenser available on your route before your next stop. To avoid this, we recommend that you budget for the cost of your vehicle’s mileage and refuel as soon as possible.
Mistake 4- Not thinking about a booster seat and/or car seat
In a moving vehicle, it is always recommended for children under 63 cm in a seated position to be installed in a car seat or booster seat.
Mistake 5- Not planning enough overnight stays per stage
A road trip is not always relaxing, especially if you have to unpack and repack every day. Therefore, to better enjoy each stage of your trip, we recommend that you plan at least 2 nights at each site. This would be less tiring for your children, especially if they are young.
Of course, it is not always easy to do 2 nights at each stage of your trip if you have very little time. However, keep in mind that it is all a question of dosage and rhythm. Sometimes, it is desirable to drive a few extra kilometers to be able to take full advantage of the next stage.
Mistake 6- Maximizing the budget allocated for accommodation
Sometimes, the accommodation represents for some a very big budget. However, in order to save on this point while enjoying optimal comfort, we advise you to book a family room if possible. Indeed, children are often accommodated for free or at half price. However, if you opt for standard rooms, you will probably pay double or even triple the price of your room for the whole family.
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