By Jacqueline Miller of Boogers Abroad
We lived in Europe for three years and traveled to more than 20 countries with our boys. But one kid used to drive us crazy on every trip.
“Where are we sleeping tonight? Where are we sleeping tomorrow? How long is the drive? What are we going to do there? How long is the drive after that? And then what are we doing?”
You get the picture. Maybe it sounds familiar!
I came up with a solution—his own little travel book—that greatly eased his concerns and made for much more pleasant travels for the rest of the family.
In a pocket-sized notebook, I’d make him a checklist to bring on every trip. In different colors, I would list:
Our travel time for the day
Where we would sleep each night
One activity for each day
When estimating travel time, it’s important to overestimate. If the monsters in the backseat expect a three-hour drive and it’s only two and a half, you’re golden! But if you write down that it’s only going to take two hours and traffic turns it into two-and-a-half—well, it ain’t gonna be quiet back there, because you LIED!
You also need to be careful about listing activities. Only put to paper what you’re certain about.