Each year, families jump into their cars and head off on a road trip vacation. Within minutes the kids start getting bored riding in the car and you are left with the headache of trying to make their travel experience fun before they start to pick on each other.Here are some suggestions to keep your ride fun, peaceful and the ever dreaded question of "are we there yet?".1. Play the alphabet game. - Children at reading age and above can play this game.
There are a few variations for this game. Starting with the first letter of the alphabet, A ? Find this letter on signs, billboards or license plates, but the word must start with the letter A with a name like Applebees. Continue to the letter B for example: If you drive past a Burger King restaurant, then you have your B, and can begin looking for C.
Of course you can make up the rules to your liking depending on the age of your children. The key is that you must find these letters in sequence.2.
Another variation of the alphabet game will work for younger kids by finding objects which start with each letter in the Alphabet. If you drive past a red barn, you could probably claim either an R (red) or a B (barn), depending on which letter you need next.3.
Play Card Games. There are many easy games which do not require all too much space such as uno or war. A few travel games can pass by time and keep the kids happy while you take a break from the action.
4. Play the I SPY game. I spy something green and it's outside (as opposed to inside the car). Riders take turns looking outside for something that might be the color green. Chances are the object will pass quickly, so you will have to be alert and act quickly. This is a great game to have your kids think as well as keep them busy and aware of their surroundings.
5. Have the kids watch a movie or play their own travel game. The kids will be occupied and probably glued to their own entertainment.
Don't forget to take a break. Although stopping does not get you quickly to your destination, it is important to take at least one stop along the way. Stretch breaks as well as blatter relief should not go neglected as they are important for your bodies well being. By getting some fresh air along the way, your road trips will be much more enjoyable for everyone..Jennifer Schilling has lived abroad in Switzerland and traveled Europe extensively. Come check out here traveling tips at http://www.expatraveler.com/.
By: Jennifer Schilling