Sometimes the best answer is right in front of you!! Our personal vehicles are the most likely ones to use for road tripping, and the first thought when we might hit the road for long term travel. Travel by 4 wheels can be via a car, van, truck or…you tell me! What else is there?
If you’re not ready for long term travel you might want to start with shorter road trips to get you and your kids used to some longer stretches of driving time. Our 10 Hacks to Road Trips covers all the basics to make sure you’re ready before you set out.
Double It Up
Our first big family travel was a drive across Canada with 8 wheels. Yup, we drove 2 separate vehicles. A station wagon and a mini-van. They were what we had, and if you’ve read our Uncommon Life ebook you’ll know we made the decision quickly and hit the road in less than a month, with a 2.5 month old baby.
Traveling with 2 vehicles is actually totally doable for large families. Although there are two vehicles to maintain, twice the fuel cost, twice the expenses for tolls and such, there is freedom to go in separate destinations when necessary, and always another vehicle around to lend a helping hand if necessary. Somebody to go get help.
We used walkie talkies to help keep us in touch with each other while driving. They worked well as long as we were within a few kilometres of each other, and not in too mountainous of terrain. We could plan where our next stop would be, passing messages between carloads of people a bit like a game. It was actually fun. Until the batteries were running low and the message would be cut short at both ends, and somebody would feel the need to re-teach us how to use the bloody thing again and again. As if we didn’t know already!
Just buy more batteries, dude.
15 Passenger Van
Affectionately called “Reggie”, our van has been a real blessing. We purchased her with only 32,000 kms and have clocked on more than 255,000kms since then. That was Nov 2008. I know, that’s a lot of miles! See why we love Reggie so much? She’s been really good to us.
If you’re traveling on wheels you’ve still got a few options of where you’re going to sleep at night.
- in your vehicle, whether converted or you just recline your seat (don’t laugh…my in-laws did that in a Sprint all the way from northern BC to southern Nova Scotia)
- ground tents
- rooftop tents
- guest accommodations i.e. hotels, hostels, BnB, Airbnb, house swaps, housesitting, etc
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