Few vacations can bring a family together in the way that a road trip can. Even if your family is living abroad, you may find yourself craving some time on the road to explore and enjoy quality time together. But not all road trips are created equal, especially when you are engaged in international travel. Some of them are more successful and enjoyable than others. You can take some steps to help ensure that your road trip goes off without a hitch. A little bit of planning can go a long way toward a road trip that is memorable and safe for everyone involved.
Prepare Ahead of Time, Especially for Borders
There are some people who just choose to get in their cars and drive. This kind of road trip can be a lot of fun for people who have no work or school obligations and adequate money to offset the expense of lodging and supplies wherever they may end up. It becomes more complicated with a budget and when you have to cross international borders.
Knowing where you’re headed and the best route to get there can make the whole trip a lot less stressful. The best route isn’t always the fastest or most direct route. Road trips are about the journey, after all. Looking into interesting roadside attractions and fun restaurants between you and your destination is a great way to keep everyone engaged instead of bored. Make sure that you have supplies, like phone chargers, as well as all necessary paperwork for crossing borders. Educate yourself about any potential toll roads ahead of time to avoid a headache.
Keep It Fun and Exciting for Everyone On the Ride
Whether you are headed to the beach or a big city, the reason you are taking to the road instead of going by airplane is to enjoy that extra time with your family. Make sure that you pack music that appeals to everyone in the family. Brush up on games that you can play in the car, including ones that will still be fun for teenagers and older children. Packing enough snack food, as well as bottled water will go a long way toward keeping everyone happy. Be sure to include bathroom breaks every hour or so in your timing as you plan the trip. Otherwise, people might get grouchy when they have to hold it until you reach your next scheduled break.
Just because you’re living abroad does not mean you can’t enjoy an old-fashioned road trip with your family. A little planning can do a lot to make this kind of trip feasible. Chances are good that you will always look back on the adventure that unfolds finally, even if it ends up going differently than you plan.