It goes without saying that the last year has been hard on everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many lives in a variety of ways – that includes kids! Maybe your kids had to deal with virtual learning, or maybe they haven’t been able to play sports or do their normal activities.
Thankfully, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, things will be back to normal again someday soon. In the meantime, however, you can use this as the perfect opportunity to plan a family road trip.
When you want to do what’s best for your family, sometimes that means taking a break from the everyday routine. A little family vacation, even if it’s only a weekend away, can do wonders to boost everyone’s spirits.
If you’ve never been on a road trip before, let’s go over a few pointers that can make the experience easier and more enjoyable for everyone.
1. Get the Kids Involved
Remember, your kids have been through a lot this year, too. In fact, according to the CDC, kids and teenagers may be more susceptible to stress during traumatic events or situations, including the pandemic. Getting them involved in planning your trip can be extremely beneficial for them. Plus, they’ll be able to pick out things they really want to do.
Let them give their input on where you should go, things you should see, and activities you should try. While you obviously have the final say, it’s a good idea to take their thoughts to heart and work them into the trip as much as possible.
2. Start Budgeting Now
If you don’t plan on going on your trip immediately, it’s a good idea to start a savings account strictly for it. You can start budgeting for what you’ll need and putting money away, little by little. Even small additions here and there can add up to quite a bit of savings, in the long run.
Plus, road trips tend to be cheaper than flying or taking any other type of public transportation. So, it may take less than you think to have enough saved up for a dream trip.
3. Get Your Car Checked Out
Now is a good time to take your car in for regular maintenance. Now, if you have something like a Bentley Approved Used car, you’re probably not going to need as much maintenance as a 10-year-old sedan you’ve had for just as many years. But, no matter what type of vehicle you drive, getting the tires checked, the oil changed, and making sure everything is working properly will give you peace of mind even before you start out on your adventure.
So, be sure to take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic who will be able to tune it up properly before you hit the road.
There are so many additional tips and things to keep in mind before you head out on a family road trip. But, hopefully, these ideas will inspire you to start the planning process. You’ll love just how fun planning can be, and it will give everyone something to look forward to very soon!
Thanks for reading Jade x