Ready to roll for our Spring Break road trip
I write about traveling with kids, yet I too still break the rules. Sometimes it works out, but on not this year’s Spring Break vacation to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
Now I know that four hotels in six nights is not a good idea. I also know that starting off exhausted before touring three of the USA’s largest cities is not a good idea. I realize that staying in not a single hotel with a pool is bad idea. So, it’s not surprising when I shamefully admit, our trip this year was unpleasant.
Ok, so that’s putting it mildly. It was exhausting. My kids fought the whole time and my youngest ended the trip throwing up all over the car. So there you have it. It was horrible. Of course there were great moments and great photos, but I’m chalking this trip up as a lesson on what NOT to do while traveling with kids.
Hotel room freeze dancing
What NOT to do when traveling with kids:
1) Limit the number of location changes. Stay at least three nights per destination.
2) Stay at a hotel with a pool at some point in longer trips.
3) Plan the mornings ahead of time when in big cities. We woke up like deer in the headlights debating what we were going to do — my kids were pummeling each other (see my cities with kids tips post for more ways to keep things fun).
4) Forgo adult plans to see more sophisticated galleries and stick with kid-friendly activities.
A visit to FAO Schwarz keeps everyone happy
Things that help make things better:
2) Freeze Dance in the hotel room. Brightens everyone’s mood — including mine.
3) Curl up and rent a movie at the hotel. Grown-up movie in one room and kids movie in the other.
4) Visit friends where possible. My kids loved seeing our friends that live on a farm outside of DC. Time in a home is a perfect break after being on the go.