My family and I have been on a quest to visit all 50 states and capitals. Last year, we ticked off our 30th state! I absolutely adore these epic road trips and they are among my most cherished memories. Now that spring is here, you might be planning your family’s next vacation, so I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of our very best road trip planning tips. After brainstorming all my best tips and ideas, I’ve come up with a four post mini-series I’m calling Best Road Trip Ever.
My goal is to help connect you with resources, money-saving tips, and ideas you might not have thought of when planning your next road trip. Today, we’re going to talk about how to organize your best road trip itinerary. Over the next few weeks, we’ll talk about structuring your vacation budget, ideas to keep your kids occupied (that don’t involve screens!), and important to-do’s that might not be on your list (but need to be).
So, let’s dive in and chat itineraries, because this is where it all starts! Make it too ambitious, and everyone’s a grump with a sore rump. Make it too boring, and everyone’s, well – bored. Today I’m going to give you 6 tips for making sure your itinerary will get everyone excited.
Tip #1: Figure out your Big Destinations.
This might be a single destination (like Disneyland), or it may include a couple big stops (think National Parks in Arizona and Utah). Knowing where you’re going is the first major step. My advice, if you’re able: broaden your horizons. If you live in Western Washington as I do, it’s easy to head down I-5 to California or I-90 towards Montana. But, what else can you do? Have you considered going North, to Canada – or maybe onto Alaska? Ever drive to South Dakota or Utah, just to see some place new? Another approach we’ve taken is to fly in to a major city and then rent a car. By doing this, 100% of your road trip is new sites, which makes it really interesting. A road trip is a chance to engage that wanderlust, so let your inner adventurer run wild a bit. I love nights with my family, brainstorming over maps!View Post