|Sunshine Coast, BC|
A couple years ago we took our three kids, then 6 and under on a road trip of a lifetime for us. We packed up our van, hitched up our old, 1982 tent trailer, and drove from Ontario to Vancouver, BC. I had never been to see the mountains, and my husband had only saw it when he was 4. It was amazing! But given it was our first HUGE trip, we definitely learned some things. Here are a few things we would do differently, had we known.
4. Look for hidden costs. I thought we got this awesome deal in Vancouver that was a package with a hotel and a bunch of free tickets to attractions around the city. However, I didn't realize how much we would pay for parking. Or food in some of these places. One place was charging 12 dollars for a burger...just THE BURGER, no fries or anything!!!! And I couldn't believe how expensive parking was EVERYWHERE!!!!!!In the end, we ended up paying way more money than we intended.
|Johnston's Canyon, Alberta, Canada|
5. Enjoy the smaller places. It can be fun to find yourself in the middle of it all, the bustling big cities where all the tourism action is happening. But I found that we really enjoyed a lot of the smaller places we drove through. And I still regret not taking time to explore those smaller places more. Also, it was always less stressful with the kids in smaller locations. I didn't have to worry about losing sight of them in the middle of a large crowd.
6. Find a way, and GO!!! Travelling across Canada was a last minute decision for us. We were working at a camp in Manitoba, 24 hours away from home, when we were supposed to move to another local farm and work as Woofers. My husband hurt his back and we knew we would be useless at the farm. But we still had all this extra time. We figured we were halfway to BC already, might as well go now! I couldn't believe I had waited all these years to travel...it was beautiful and amazing and you just feel so close to God in the middle of all his creation!!!! Right now we can't go as far, but we are taking weekend trips closer to home, and planning for something bigger as soon as we have the money saved up.
7. Bring at least one extra sleeping bag. My one year old at the time got sick in the middle of the night while we were away. He threw up all over the sleeping bag. Oh, did I mention he was sleeping next to me?? Of course, laundry facilities were closed at that time of night at the campground. All I could do was throw the sleeping bag off of the bed, wash down the other stuff by hand, and wait till morning. And sleep without any blankets. When it comes to kids, ALWAYS bring an extra blanket.
8. Pack light, but pack twice as much extra underwear and bottoms for your kids. My kids, once they are potty trained, don't have accidents. Even at night. But all of a sudden, routine has changed, and there are a lot of outhouses we end up using, which, turns out, my children despise. (I don't really jump for joy when using an outhouse, either.) So, while travelling, in an effort to avoid trips to the outhouses, my kids had a few accidents. I've learned to pack extra unmentionables for them now. ;)
I would love to share in a future post some of my favorite places we visited so that you don't miss them either! What are your favorite places to travel or some amazing attractions you've been? Share in the comments, I'd love to hear it!