I love getting in our vehicle and heading out on a road trip with my family, and I have posted 5 good reasons why I think taking them is important. I really find that hitting the open road makes me happy. Do you feel this way too?? It is something that I loved as a child and still do to this day. My husband, son and I don’t travel long distances like we used to, but I still get that great feeling even if it is just a few hour drive!!
I have written previously about traveling to Palm Beach Gardens for a doctor appointment for my husband, and then just a couple of days ago, we had to drive to Gainesville, Florida, to see another doctor there. We decided not to spend the night on this occasion, and while that made for a long day of driving, it was nice to go and come back home to my comfy bed. 🙂
Below are my 5 reasons for taking a road trip!
In the past, we have flown from Tennessee to Florida to stay at Walt Disney World Resort. My whole family had never traveled by plane until about 9 years ago. Even though it was a lot of fun, and we arrived a lot quicker, I still missed the time spent in our vehicle visiting with each other. That is definitely one of the best parts for me. You are all together with your family, and it is a great time to catch up with not that many distractions. OK, so my son did love watching his DVDs and playing with his handheld game systems, but we still created a lot of great memories of chatting with each other. My husband and I could easily talk for 10 hours straight! 🙂
2. Take a New Route
A change of scenery is necessary for me. Taking a new route for a road trip is exhilarating!!! I like seeing new towns, stores, farms, etc. While we live in town now, it is a joy for me (and my husband loves it too) to take back roads and try to avoid the interstate. It is a much slower pace, and you can relax and take it all in. By taking a different route, it allows me to clear my mind and focus on the beautiful countryside. We drove through Ocala on our way to Gainesville and the miles of pretty horse farms was just so awesome! I also had so much fun snapping pictures of some cows grazing next to a gas station that we stopped at. I kind of spooked one of them, as I think he was wondering what the heck I was doing!! Hehehe!
No computer for the day means a nice relaxing time for me. I love working from home, but there is definitely a need to get away from blogging and my household duties. Even though I can check on my blogs and social media via my phone, I try to disconnect for a little bit and enjoy the first thing I talked about – visiting with my family!
4. Shop Til You Drop
You can’t stop and check out a new store when on an airplane! I know – obviously!!! 🙂 But seriously, we drove by some really cool antique shops, flea markets and thrift stores on our trip to Gainesville. We didn’t have time to stop because we were pressed for time to get to my husband’s doctor appointment, but I made a note of where those shops were so that I could check them out another time.
5. Go Anytime
Your car is just sitting in the driveway waiting for you to hop in. Here is a good scenario, it is a pretty, Sunday afternoon and you feel like getting out of the house with your family. Pick a destination like the beach, museum, antique shop, national park, and just pack up some snacks and drinks and go! Or…don’t choose anywhere in particular and just head out. Sometimes it is not about the destination for me, but all of the fun along the way!
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Let me know if you like taking road trips with your family. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks again for reading!! 🙂