Picture this – you decide it’s time to take a family trip, you want to visit a few places, not just one, so you decide to drive. You spend weeks getting ready, making packing lists, getting car snacks, buying new DVDs so your kids have something NEW to watch and your not listening to “Let it go” for the umpteenth time (is that just me?)… ANYWAY your finally ready to go. The car is PACKED FULL of luggage, food and kids and you pull out of the driveway on your way to a FUN “vacation” and it begins….
“MOOOOOOOMMMMM… so-and-so spit in my hair”, “Wellllllll YOU put your head in my spit” Followed closely by someone else saying “I have to pee”… AT this point your husband turns to you and says “why are we doing this” and you, gripping the steering wheel, clenching your teeth and thinking about the WEEKS that you just spent planning the perfect vacation, yell at everyone “ARE WE HAVING FUN YET”
YUP family time is supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to bring you closer together as a family and create amazing recipes. Personally I have great memories of road trips with my family, reading books together, constant bathroom breaks (my mom drinks a LOT of water), watching movies and even getting thrown up on by my sister (more than once). And while those aren’t all GREAT memories they are all wonderful memories, ones I’d like to give my own kids (maybe not the throw up).
Maybe it’s because I have 5 kids? or maybe because I didn’t see the work that went into it for my own parents, but planning a vacation for my own family seems to be equal parts pain and suffering and joy and happiness. IF we make it to our destination without killing each other (literally, we tried to put so may miles in one year my husband fell asleep at the wheel and almost flipped the van) it takes at LEAST a day to get over any hurt feelings that we accrue along the drive, or the 16 hours straight screen time (to keep them from fighting). Not to mention stretching our legs and getting over “sitting to long in a car” cramps. Not to mention (but I will) if it’s a few days away you have to get a cramped hotel room, unpack and repack your van, end up leaving something precious behind, like a blanket, that you child CAN’T SLEEP WITHOUT, etc… GAH I think the good outweighs the bad, so we keep going on vacation, but there HAS to be a better way…
THERE IS – a solution to all of it…. an RV.
Seriously it’s that easy. It solved EVERY ONE of our family issues (well ROAD TRIP issues). No more bathroom breaks, no more being squeezed too tight, no more being stuck next to someone who spit on you (yes that really happened). No more being stuck eating CRAPPY snacks. No more losing things to hotel rooms. All of it.
Room to spread out, a fridge/kitchen for storing and making wonderful meals, AND from day one your unpacked and settled, no unpacking, packing, unloading, loading multiple times. It was like MAGIC. We had the most AMAZING 10 days of vacation, not 2 days of pain and suffering, 1 day of recovery, 4 days of fun, 1 day of packing and 2 final days of hellish driving (all the roughness of the trip out, but without the reward of a vacation afterwards).
With an RV it’s not just the destination that’s fun, it’s the entire vacation! In stead of stopping for a bathroom break and then bribing, begging, pushing your kids back into their seats they are HAPPY to get back on the road! Finally my kids enjoyed every aspect of the trip, the travel and destinations alike. AND we never were pushing to drive to much in one day! We didn’t have to drive until we were shot trying to get the driving out of the way. In fact we barely drove during the night at all! And if we DID get tired we could always just pull into a walmart and sleep! No calling ahead trying to find a hotel at the next town with an opening. Seriously best road trip ever, and it wasn’t the destinations, it was the traveling that made it so wonderful!
I know people say that RV’s are too pricey, and your right, it is an expensive trip. BUT IT’S SO WORTH IT! we were able to spend the same amount on food, cause I cooked every meal (no fast food, or tons of crappy expensive snacks), no hotel rooms, no replacing whatever you LOST in the hotel room, My husband didn’t fell like he wasted 4 days (out of the 10 he gets a year) fighting with everyone, it was worth every day away, and when we came back he was actually relaxed and ready to go back to work, not more worn out that when we left.
Seriously, if your thinking about taking a road trip vacation, with multiple stops and destinations It’s seriously the only way to go! In 10 days we hit 9 destination spots, traveled 2200 miles and never felt rushed. We enjoyed every moment, even when we were driving we were doing crafts, playing card games, talking about what we had seen. And almost ZERO fighting, seriously, I would not have thought that was even possible. People took NAPS for crying outloud! We were well rested, well fed and I can’t imagine a better vacation is even POSSIBLE for us. I’m a convert and I hope we can make an RV a part of our family travels at least every other year!
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