Family Travel: Reminiscences of a Family Road Trip

It’s getting warmer, at least in Texas, and that has me thinking about summer vacation. Even if the snow is still falling where you are, come along with me for a bit and think about summer. Come along with me on a journey through our childhood summers. Summer meant long lazy days out playing with my friends and arguing with my mother about how early it was to come in for supper when I was a youngster.

Boyhood in New York

The yearly family road trip took place over the summer. I spent parts of my boyhood in New York, Amsterdam, and Vienna… While the road trips’ destinations varied according to their starting points, much about each trip remained the same: dad cramming one more bag into the intricate Tetris puzzle that was our car’s trunk and never stopping for directions; mom smearing suntan lotion on our faces; and my brother and I bickering in the backseat.

The yearly family road trip took place over the summer. I spent parts of my boyhood in New York, Amsterdam, and Vienna… While the road trips’ destinations varied according to their starting points, much about each trip remained the same: dad cramming one more bag into the intricate Tetris puzzle that was our car’s trunk and never stopping for directions; mom smearing suntan lotion on our faces; and my brother and I bickering in the backseat.

SEE THE AMAZING THING

I recall a childhood vacation where we spotted road signage every 20 miles or so exhorting us to “SEE THE AMAZING THING!” for hundreds of miles. Little boys find this kind of stuff appealing. As the kilometers passed and we passed more and more signs for the “AMAZING THING,” my brother and I asked my father to pull over when we arrived. To his credit, he succeeded. The Fantastic THING turned out to be a little less than amazing… but that’s beside the point.

What are your thoughts? What do you have planned for the summer? Do you or have you traveled with your children? What triggered the most vivid memories? Was it exhilarating theme parks, breathtaking mountain panoramas, surfing, or flying to exotic locations? “Life is about the journey, not the goal,” they say. In many respects, I believe they are correct. So, whatever you decide for your next family vacation, please try to schedule time to SEE THE AMAZING THING! You can bet I’ll do it.

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