In my “past life”, I did pr/media relations for the city’s tourism department. So, to steal a line from my tourism friends, today is “Travel Tuesday”. Whether it’s daydreaming about tropical vacations, packing up the kids for a road trip or staying close to home for an adventure – let’s talk travel each Tuesday!
Last week, my husband was super busy at work, so I hit the road for a seven hour trip to visit relatives in Alabama. Crazy talk, considering I’ve got a 22mo old (Maggie) and a 3mo old (Molly). Thankfully, my parents were here in town, so my mom rode with us. The girls were perfect on the long trip. We packed a picnic lunch and stopped at a rest area to eat, play and feed Molly. Why had I never thought about doing this before now?! This was the perfect place to take a break from the road. The picnic area was clean, there was a security guard on duty – so I felt safe, and Maggie loved playing in the sunshine. Mom and I agreed that stopping for a fun, family picnic was much more relaxing than eating in a restaurant. Plus, since we packed our own lunches, we saved money and we had all our favorite foods for lunch! Maggie also made friends with a squirrel while we were there. She waved at him, blew kisses and said hello. (I think he was just hungry, but we won’t tell Maggie!).
I think we will start having rest area picnics on every road trip. Affordable, fresh air and convenient – what’s not to love?!
For Travel Tuesday, tell me about your favorite place to stop on long road trips. A favorite ice cream place? A local dive for breakfast? I look forward to your responses!