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This summer, we’ve enjoyed a more leisurely pace. Instead of our usual press trips and summer travels, we’ve opted to stick around and enjoy our local attractions instead. Trips to the beach, picnics in the park and lazy evenings on the patio have made it a summer to remember.
However, staycationing in the city is less about packing lists and more about surviving road trips. Especially when travelling with young ones, I find that long car rides can generally be even more stressful than plane rides for the following reasons:
1) Children have way too much stimuli. “Look! We passed a McDonalds. Can we stop for fries and a drink?” This happens a lot. “Mom! He’s touching me!” (looking at me, hitting at me, humming in my direction, etc etc.) This happens more than the requests for McD’s. “Are we there yet?” Ugh. I don’t have to tell you how often this happens.
2) There’s no one to impress. On a plane, it takes me much longer to lose my cool with my kids, mostly because I want to create the façade of a functional family. I’ll spend a lot of time gently coaxing, reasoning, and then quietly threatening in a hushed voice. In a car, however, I can be yelling my head off from the moment we turn out of the driveway. As a result, my stress levels are higher.
3) The estimated time of arrival can vary. One word: traffic. As a city dweller, we pretty much encounter traffic… everywhere. And while air travel may involve flight delays, for the most part, I’m not stuck with in a claustrophobic cube while I wait. (Plus, dealing with other drivers? I don’t even want to go there.)
Anyhoo, as you can see, road trips aren’t without their cons. However, the pros are pretty fantastic:
1) Saving money. Of course you can save money by road tripping! The fuel costs are divided among the number of passengers, you can choose to do a day trip to avoid hotel costs, and you can rent a trailer or RV if you need a place to sleep.
2) You control the schedule. It’s nice not having to rush to the airport to catch a flight! (Speaking as someone who is ALWAYS late.) Plus, there’s no need to cut the fun short to catch a return flight, either. With road trips, there’s less need to adhere to a strict itinerary, which allows for spontaneity – like a stop at McDonald’s for fries and a drink!
3) Making memories with your loved ones. Sure, there’s a little more yelling; a few more temper tantrums. But there’s a lot of family bonding going on, too. The laughs we’ve shared and the funny road trip games we play are memories I’ll always cherish.
So far, we’ve done three road trips to Wasaga Beach, one to Niagara Falls and one to Kingston (all in Ontario). Our next will be a bit longer – we’re headed back to Mont Tremblant in the fall to experience the village as the seasons change.
Do you love road trippin’? I need your help. This fall, I’ll be collaborating with What She Said Radio to do a special segment on road trips. And here’s where you come in – I want to hear your thoughts on road trips. The good, the bad and the ugly! You answer could be featured on What She Said’s weekly radio show as we delve into the Canadian road trip culture.
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