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Read all about some great ‘Family Travel Road Trip Tips’ and enter to win a GoPro and other awesome prizes

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Don’t Get Road Blocked

Getting ready for a family road trip? Summer is nearly here and many of us are looking to get away and head off for fun and adventure. When planning a trip with your vehicle, there is much to consider. Where will you go, how much will it cost, what can you see along the way, what will you eat? Don’t get stressed and hit a road block! There are many tips from seasoned travelers that can help you plan a memorable and pleasurable trip. At the end of this post, please read up on the fellow travel bloggers ‘trip tips’. Plus, you have a chance to win some great prizes! Roam if You Want To ..On the Road Again. Here are a few of ours that we suggest if you are the type of family that loves surprise and serendipity . Un-orchestrated encounters that make the experience exciting. Like so many road and travel songs portray, it’s seems to be an inner human desire, to explore, to get away and see what the world has to offer.

Road Trips

Ramble On

Go someplace you’ve never been. Somewhere else. We pick out our destination, order the maps and area guides ahead of time. Just so we are not wasting time, it’s good to plan. For our family, we need to try and stay with relatives or friends in the places we’d like to see. Once we have that sorted out, we don’t plan too much beyond that. It’s refreshing to let the journey unfold as it will. And travel can change your life. A local road trip we took a few years back landed us unexpectedly on a movie set. Just by following signs to explore an historical section of a town we’ve never been to.  HBO’s  “Killing Lincoln” was being filmed. So we stayed to watch and got to meet the cast, assistant director and crew. And through a series of events since that encounter, we have now been in 3 movies as background actors! One thing leads to another..more songs, more family stories to gather along the way of the path of life. Don’t be afraid to let the road guide you.

Map it Out

Map it Out

Hit the road, Jack…and Ramble On. Our idea of a great road trip is to come upon unexpected ( albeit favorable) adventures. As we ramble on towards our end point, we like to venture and meander to see where the road takes us. Once when our kids were little and we were touring upstate New York looking for a spot to have our picnic lunch, we saw a small sign that read “Child’s Park”. Perfect, a playground and park area, so we thought. Climbing up the mountainous road, we come upon the spot in which the sign led us. No park, no playground..but and incredible waterfall and nature hike area. It was someones name, Child’s. You can go your own way..Somewhere out there. Keep an open mind, be patient and let the road take you where it will. Good family memories can be made this way. Things that we experience, the people we meet along the way, the mishaps and breakdowns, they all count for learning and appreciation. These tips are not on any typical list. It’s more like an attitude or philosophy to try and achieve. Along with all of the practical and fruitful travel tips for a road journey, allowing yourself to be a free spirit will be rewarded in the end. So Hit the Highway onto that Freeway of Love ..love of family and exploring this beautiful world together.

Space Shuttle Launch

Beyond Earth Travel

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Roam the Roads. A Creative Approach to Family Travel

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Here is an awesome post by Jen Miller on how her family learns around the world. Homeschooling, world- schooling, life- schooling, road-schooling..how ever you name it, it’s what is best for you and your children. Great article on how they all learn together. What a wonderful way to live. I would love for us to be able to do what they are doing!

One of our families trips to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. Real life education from the 18th century.

Learning by Traveling

Learning by Traveling

Click here for the link to Jen’s inspiring article:

Road Schooling: A snap shot | Edventure Project.

Road Schooling: A snap shot | Edventure Project

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By Any Road..Lessons from the Journey

Some wisdom I have learned on the road of life

One of my Grandma’s was a world traveler. One never even had a drivers license. One always on the move, one always home. Both were amazing women that I loved. I am a bit of each of them.

The call of the world and the comforts of home. They compete with each other in my heart. I yearn for both. My life thus far has been one of travel and of many home bases.  Don’t want to be double minded, yet want to incorporate both. And I want to show my children what’s out there.

There are a few things I have learned so far in this journey of life in which I would love to share.

Traveling the road with friends, foreigners and family

Plan, but don’t totally expect “the plan”.

Try as we may, things don’t necessarily go according to your ways. ” My way or the Highway”  thinking really sets you up for failure. We had our wedding all planned out. Beautiful historic Country Club on the beach overlooking the  Long Island Sound with all of the amenities coming to us for our special day. A few months before, it burnt to the ground in an accident. Our well laid plans went “up in smoke”. So we grieved the occurrence and forged on. Rearranged the location, made due and had a memorable nuptial celebration with family in a not so picture perfect new location. We got married, hubby and I, and proceeded to have 7 kids in 11 years after only 3 years of marriage. It’s been quite the adventure ever since.

We plan.. to be wise and to be prepared. What ever happens next is not always in our control. There are many factors at hand. We never truly know our last moment on this earth and we can not see into tomorrow. Go through the motions to set your path and let things fall how they may. Be open to the unexpected and prepare yourself on how you will respond. Then you won’t be dismayed. Plan A, B and C and be ready for the possible plan Z.

An old Dr. friend of ours had an expensive trip to Morocco all laid out. Once he and his group finished up a delicious feast of chicken and the delights of Marrakesh, they suddenly all fell ill and could not continue on with their tour. They stayed in their hotel rooms suffering for 3 days and got in one more day of sightseeing. Only if you know where your meal came from and how it was prepared ( and if your system is immune to exotic diseases and funky bacteria), will you be guaranteed a healthy result.  One recent trip we took with the family, I had an allergic reaction to some food and got so sick it was pathetic. The night we had to drive back home, I was on a one way track between the restroom and the mattress. No going back for me that night. And the whole family had to stand by until I recovered. Be ready for a change of plans so you can deal with any outcome. Go with the flow of things, realize “it is what it is” and take it from there. Looking back you will see how it all panned out to make it one more notch in your adventure belt.

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Don’t be a Brat

It’s not all about me. I’ve had many travels planned out to the dime and to the hour. When it comes to your well deserved vacation and you have scrimped and saved to make it happen, it does not mean you will get things your way. Maybe you can design it that way when you are all alone and on your own, but not when it comes to a group of humans that you are journeying with.  Be aware of the needs and temperaments of all in your family. Freaking out and stomping your feet because your trip did not meet your expectations will only make things worse. Go with the rhythms of the encounters and let things play out as they will. About 12 years ago when we took 6 of our kids, my parents, great uncle and cousin to “the American Dream of Disney World”, I started to hyperventilate when my Mom , after one of the rides in the Magic Kingdom, stopped to try on some hats in a gift shop. My ingrained New York City mentality kicked in and I urged her to forget about hats and lets keep up the pace. I had to get in the most I could for my kids in that one day at Disney! My Mom knew the secret though better than I did. She enjoyed herself and her Grand-kids while I felt anxiety about making the most of our time there. She stepped slowly while I ran through the park like I was zooming through Manhattan during rush hour. My kids were so happy and excited about all they saw and did. I learned that day to let it go and let things progress as they should. Getting myself out of the way to make way for others to be in the moment and full of the joy of the experience. Not my preconceived expectations of how things should evolve. Now I just follow my family and let them take the lead in our travels. We do need to work together as a team and we still guide and protect them, but I stay in the perimeters and take picture now.

Friends , family and foreigners trying on hats in Colonial Williamsburg

Let the Road Take You Where it Will

I have been traveling since a small child and have gotten bit by the disease..the disease of wanderlust. Flying in airplanes since infancy and living abroad, driving through parts of the continent and seeing a world beyond the typical realm of ole town America. Due to my parents choices, I was blessed to have lived in another country and got a taste of other nations. In my young adulthood, I was able to tour the country and beyond and enjoy all that travel brings to life. My husband and I have been able to take our kids to many destinations, by air and by land. We now live in the woods.. a cozy home and land to grow food, a place of awesome nature and of peace and solitude. And I am truly grateful for these things. But yet, like my Grandma who traveled through the world and showed me through the slide shows upon our suburban walls at home in 1960’s USA, the places that were out there beyond my imagination called to me to seek out the same things she saw. And then again, my sweet caretaker Grandma who took care of her husband and children and filled her home with tasteful and beautiful things to ensure a safe abode , also, she draws me in to her ways of nurturer and keeper of the home. So I move on and dream of both worlds for my family. A home to feel safe and to be surrounded by comfort, and a life of chances to go into the world and let the road take us where it will. Mainly, our faith in a God who orchestrates all things, is what guides us now. I feel freedom in taking the road that comes before us. Being open to chance encounters and getting excited by what is being put before us, as things are meant to be.

The World in Their Hands

By Any Road..

Be ready to accept things as they come at you. Plan your path, dream your dreams, try to be ” free to be”. Let go of preconceived fears and expectations. Who is really in control anyhow? We don’t know our last day on this earth. Be thankful and appreciative of all things. Each day that I wake up and know that I am alive, have a safe home, food to feed my children, hot running water to bathe, clean cold water to drink and a healthy family. I am truly grateful. I have a hard working husband who provides all of this for us. I have a family that I love, and in return, I am loved by them. And  for this I am also grateful. This Thanksgiving in America, I am thankful for my freedom. I hope and pray it stays this way. But if it does not, I want to be able to able to be strong and keep faith and be able to withstand what ever comes our way. We will forge forth and work to improve our lot and hope for grander things. And if there are times where we are in the doldrums of  life, so be it. They are there for our molding and to build character. Be ready for the path set before us and be excited about how we may grow because of this road of life.

Here are a few families that will share with you there lessons learned form the road. Please click on their links to read what they have to share!

BohemianTravelers.com: Travel Lessons: Can You Embrace the Unknown http://www.bohemiantravelers.com/2012/11/travel-lessons-can-you-embrace-unknown.html

The nomadic family: I Know Nothing (and 99 Other Things The Road Has Taught Me) http://thenomadicfamily.com/2012/11/i-know-nothing-and-99-other-things-the-road-has-taught-me/

PearceOnEarth.com: 5 Life Lessons Learned from Traveling

http://pearceonearth.com/5-life-lessons-learned-from-traveling

TravelwithBender: So it’s been 6 Months – You won’t believe what we have learnt!

http://travelwithbender.com/travel-blog/travel-thoughts/6-months-have-we-learnt-anything

Life Changing Year: Life Lessons From The Road – A Little Bit Of Planning Goes A Loooong Way!

http://lifechangingyear.com/life-lessons-from-the-road-a-little-bit-of-planning-goes-a-loooong-way/

LivingOutsideoftheBox.com – 6 Life Lessons From the Road

(why 6? I have no idea!)

http://livingoutsideofthebox.com/2012/11/20/6-life-lessons-from-the-road/

A King’s Life:  Two things I know for sure. http://www.akingslife.com/2012/11/two-things-i-know-for-sure/

Flashpacker Family – http://flashpackerfamily.com/lessons-from-the-road-of-life/

Family on Bikes: Complaining won’t change a gosh-darn thing http://familyonbikes.org/blog/2012/11/complaining-wont-change-a-gosh-darn-thing

Family Travel Bucket List: 3 Things We’ve Learned While Living Outside of the USA

http://familytravelbucketlist.com/3-things-weve-learned-while-living-outside-the-usa

RambleCrunch: 15 lessons I’ve learned traveling the world http://ramblecrunch.com/2012/11/15-lessons-travel-has-taught-me/

Our Travel Lifestyle – Travel: Teaching us about ourselves

http://www.ourtravellifestyle.com/tips-and-planning/travel-tips/travel-teaching-us-about-ourselves

By Any Road..Lessons from the Journey