Simple Ideas To Make Holiday Travel Fun For The Family

 

If this winter season, you are thinking of picking up your things and heading out of town, you should first do your research.

Travel is huge during the holiday season.

It is a fun excuse to get together with family.

Traveling with the family can be a bit overwhelming. There are many things to think about.

From maintenance on your car to purchasing the best cheap car insurance you can.

Bills add up around the holidays so your wallet may be tight.

Budgeting for your holiday trip is easier than you might think.

Whether you are taking your car or RV out on the road, or maybe riding the train, you will need to plan!

Getting things in order before you leave will help you to have a more relaxing and successful trip.

The winter can be a great time to plan a trip. Travel can be an amazing family experience for all!

 

 

Check and Double Check

 

The first things to plan for when heading out on a winter adventure, are the basics at home.

When you leave your house, you will want to make sure that it is protected. Are your locks secure?

Do you need a house sitter? Do you have automatic lights in the front of your home?

You leave the coziness of your home and head out in your car.

Do you have the proper cheap car insurance? Full coverage?

You may want to consider roadside assistance as well.

Make sure that your neighbors know you will be gone and to keep an eye on things.

Protecting your assets will give you peace of mind while traveling.

Depending on how long you will be gone, some people even open a safety deposit box for their jewelry and extra valuables just in case.

You can never be too careful.

 

What Insurance Do I Need?

 

When traveling, you should pick up some extra travel insurance. It is a good idea to feel secure when traveling.

As far as your car goes, you may only have minimum car insurance coverage.

In most states that look like this:

For full coverage, you will be wanting more than the minimum.

That Includes:

 

The best part about purchasing the cheap car insurance that you want, is the security of knowing you are safe while traveling with your family. You may have to pay a little extra for the full coverage. But there are a ton of discounts you could qualify for as well.

 

Home Insurance

When you leave your home, make sure that your homeowners insurance and renters insurance is current.

Make sure that it covers everything you will need. Such as liability and theft protection.

You can bundle your car insurance and your home insurance to save money as well.

They only way to know that your home is protected when you leave for weeks on end, is to have insurance.

You could install alarms and security for your house. But this may not deter everyone from entering.

Renters insurance will cover your belongings inside the home, but your landlord will most likely have insurance on the home as well.

The difference between having insurance and not having insurance is huge!

You will not be able to get money for fire damage or water damage without it.

Traveling tips for a safer and more relaxed vacation are always essential.

 

Travel Plans Make It All Better

 

The best way to start off the holiday travel season, is with a really great plan.

To start this plan, sit down with your family. Whoever will be joining in on this journey should be present.

Talk about everyones expectations.

If you have picked a road trip, maybe talk about some of the things to expect when traveling long distances with people (even if you love them).

Once everyone has talked about what is going to happen and where you are headed, make a list of things to prepare for.

The best part about taking a holiday vacation is the anticipation of what could happen.

New places? Very exciting! Time off of work and school? Also, a exciting!

So make the most of it all by talking about what everyone is excited about.

Make a list of the most important parts of your trip and how they will be handled.

This is what could be on your list:

  1. Talk about being in a car for long periods of time. Tell everyone they can each take 5 (and only 5) items inside the car while on this journey. Maybe give them fun examples. Mad Libs are very fun to play with the family. A small gaming unit such as a portable Nentendo will be a hit. Suggest a pillow to lay you head against while in route. Maybe even let the children choose their own soft drink for the ride as a special treat.
  2. Talk about expectations. Remind everyone in the car that there will be some time for talking and then there will also be “quiet time” where people can rest. Talk about how many stops you might have along the way and what is expected of everyone at these stops. In very crowded and dangerous areas of the United States, you might want to remind the kids not to talk to strangers. Or that you must have a buddy system when out and about. If it is just you and your spouse, remind each other that a trip can be relaxing. Being on schedule is a great but being spontaneous is also fun.

More on the list…

  1. Make sure that you remind everyone about the weather wherever you are traveling. Try making a short list of descriptions of clothing as examples for them to pack. Suggest everyone bring a book or two.
  2. If you have animals, talk about how they will be cared for when you are gone. This can be one of the biggest burdens to families. They miss their pets and they also think of them as family. Will you hire a pet sitter? Will a friend come check on them once a day? Is your fence line secure? Will you keep them at a kennel? Do you need to get them their shots?
  3. Figure out your drive time for each day and prepare your family. If it is four hours a day, that isn’t so bad. You may only need one or two stops for restrooms breaks and snacks. If you plan to drive 8 hours a day. Reward the passengers with frequent stops, even if it’s just to stretch. Make sure you remind everyone what 8 hours a day may look like. Not so perfect.

 

Something Great, Something Grand

 

When planning for your amazing adventure, pull out all of the stops.

 

Weather And Traffic

 

 

Games In The Car

 

One of the best and most memorable part about a family road trip are the games. Especially during the holidays where everyone is  jovial.

Here area few fun games:

  1. I Spy. I spy with my little eye… this is a fun game because all age groups can play. It is interactive and makes everyone look outside the car and get a sense of their surroundings.
  2. The animal guessing game. This game is great for the whole family and teaches kids about species and genres of species. It also gives thea sense of the world. One person picks an animal but keeps it to themselves. Then the other people in the car have to guess that animal only using yes or no questions. For example: “is it a mammal?”, “does it live in North America?” “Is it bigger than a dog?”.
  3. Pop-Culture guessing game. One person names an actor, and everyone tries to think of the list of movies they have been in. Or you pick a band or singer, and people have to try and rally off a list of songs they have composed. This rattles the brain a little.

More Ideas…

  1. The License Plate Game- in this game, you try to find license plates from other places besides the state that you live in. The person who finds the most wins!
  2. The Alphabet Game is where you try to find different signs on the side of the road that come in the form of the alphabet. So you start with the letter A and go to Z in alphabetical order.
  3. Mad Libs is a fun game. Go to your local Walmart or Target stores and find the Mad Lib note books. This is a fill-in-the-blanks game where only the reader knows how crazy the stories turn out. You can also help kids learn what nouns, verbs and adjectives are.

 

Make The Most Of Your Memories

The most important thing to remember on your holiday road trip is to make memories.

Take a lot of pictures. Take a moment to let it all sink in.

Stop for coffee and hot chocolate.

Get extra whipped cream on top! Know that family is important and the holiday season is the best time to remind them.

If you are heading to a family members for the Christmas holiday or maybe trekking out for New Years, give a tiny gift or card to those you love most.

The ones on this road trip with you.

Make a scrap book of your journey when you return.

This time of year, you can never have too much joy or cheer.

 

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