TRAVELING with small children is tough. There are tons of things to bring with you and schedules to juggle while on the road. The logistics of traveling with teenagers is a lot easier…they can pack and carry their own bags, naps are no longer an issue (except maybe for mom), museums are more interesting, and you can let them do some things on their own.
PLANNING a trip with teenagers is a lot more difficult! When the kids were little, I was able to research where we were going and chose what I thought would be fun for everyone. Now I have to try to juggle 5 different opinions about where to go, what to see, what to do and what not to do. And almost worse is when they have no opinion.
I want to fill our days but not overschedule. I want family time but not so much that we get on each other’s nerves. I want to save money by cooking our meals (we are renting an rv) but not make it feel like normal meals. Lots of things to juggle.
This summer we are heading for Alaska and I want it to be a dream vacation without breaking the bank. That will take some creativity and cooperation. Over the next week, I am hoping to sketch out a tentative itinerary and then hand it over for editing! I do, however, think that Mom should always retain the right of final decision.