I don't know about you, but it feels to me like my summer is cancelled. I know that's an exaggeration, but it's been a long, cold winter, and summer's my time to shine. From the tall green grass to the sandy beaches, summer is calling. How do you answer the call when you can't fly, and going out of the province is not a safe option? My vote, bring back the road trip. Packing the kids into a car and driving for hours seems like a cruel and unnecessary form of torture for some parents. For a lot of others, the family road trip seems like a thing of the past generations.
We have become a destination culture, where life doesn't start until we've arrived. You hear people say things like I can't wait to retire, or I will do that once I have made it. I am often surprised about how cranky people can be about flying to their vacation destination. For us, vacation starts the minute we leave work. We enjoy the journey as much as the destination and sometimes even more! But what if we all began to think more like a journey culture? If we took some time to stop and smell the roses a little. Maybe even enjoy life before you retire or make it - whatever that means nowadays. What if this was the year of your journey vacation, and you spent time on a family road trip going - well, nowhere? After ten years and tens of thousands on KM on road trips, these are my top 3 tips to make it a memorable yet cheap family vacation.
Regardless if your trip is a success or a wild adventure, a family road trip will leave you with memories, that I can promise. Hopefully, if nothing else, everyone will gain a newfound appreciation for the journey and not just the destination.
See you on the road - Cheapo Jo
Jodie L. Stauffer, CFP®
Jodie Stauffer, CFP is a wife, mother and Certified Financial Planner. "Being CHEAP has always been in my DNA. But let me tell you, juggling my business, household finances, financial goals with the needs or more accurately WANTS of my daughters, while staying on a budget has not always been smooth sailing." Cheap by Choice is about finding what's