10 tips for Road Trippin’ with Just one Driver

After our drive through the Grand Canyon to a family wedding in May, and finding that our kids are the perfect age to venture out, I got this crazy idea in my mind that I might take a road trip with them all by myself. As much as I love my husbands’ company (and him driving while I scour magazines and books) he just didn’t have enough vacation days this summer, so we had plans to just stay home….but I didn’t want to. We had a long summer ahead of us, with not much specific to look forward to, or break up the days.

{Rewind a year} When my little brother Russell found out a year ago that he would be moving from Texas to Tennessee this summer, I knew that at some point, I wanted to visit. I’d never been before (that I remembered) and I thought it sounded so fun! That seed planted in my brain along with my desire to venture out somewhere this summer, I thought…why not take a road trip with the kids to Tennessee?!? So I did! Since I was the only driver, I was a bit concerned about my ability to: a) stay alert all day long b) not get super bored c) I wanted to make sure I still had fun bonding with my kids in the car!

So, I made a plan…

10 Tips for Road Trippin' with just one driver

I came up with a list of things ahead of time to help me with all of those concerns. Usually in our van, we’ve got myself and my husband up front, and we chat with each other a lot, while the kids have their partners in crime in the middle, and way back. The dynamics completely changed with just me and the kids. I had my oldest up front with me, then all three in the middle row behind us, leaving LOTS of space for me to find amazing antiques along the way (that I never found).… Continue Reading

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