I’m sure I’m not alone here when I say I start to get more than a little bit antsy if I haven’t been for a good drive for a while.
But for those of us with children the time of waking up in the morning, grabbing our keys and going driving for the day are long gone, because doing anything with children takes at least twice as long than without them. Well that’s what I thought anyway.
Recently I had that antsy feeling and the pull of the road under my right foot. I messaged a friend in the morning to see if he was free for lunch. This particularly friend just happens to live at the end of the very enjoyable road I posted about here drivetribe.com/p/OKnwBXhrT2iyLqB43gQ15w/SNaZXFZuRoaxYl9qUo5cVw.
He replied ‘yes’ and so I had a lunch date for fish and chips by the sea and a reason to go for a drive.
I turned to my children and told them they had ten minutes to pack whatever toys they wanted to bring in the car (a colouring book and pencils for my son and cuddly toy for my daughter). While I packed the snack bag and drinks because for some inexplicable reason road trips always make you hungry. Then we were out the door.
I thoroughly enjoyed the drive there and back, discovering a pleasant new road along the way. I got to catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen for a few months and we had an awesome lunch of fresh local fish and chips. The children got to collect shells along the beach and play on a new playground. So all round a fun day was had by all.
With my hunger for a drive satisfied, normal home life could now resume. But most of all this trip proved to me that even with children not every road trip needs days or weeks of preplanning in order to make it happen.
If you do have children don’t let them be an excuse for just getting in the car and going for a drive. Just remember the basics food, activities and toilet stops and a great adventure will be had.