Everybody has a different idea about what makes a road trip really special. Whether it’s the scenery, the family bonding, or the mere fact that you are just getting away -you are bound to enjoy yourself (with the exception of course of a completely unexpected disaster). But what makes the standard road trip go from great to super memorable? Sometimes we resist getting out of our comfort zone, but often times when we do, those are the times that we enjoy and remember the most.
In a couple of weeks we’re heading out on the road to explore Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Our itinerary is jam packed with museums and historical sights. Mind you, we are all super excited to check them all out. But as I was re-checking and editing our itinerary, I realized we needed something more, something different and adventurous-something to break up the monotony of another historic place.
As it happens on our drive down from Dover,Delaware to Virginia Beach we’ll be driving through Chincoteague and the Virginia Eastern Shore. This is a naturally beautiful and wild place where horses run free, the beaches are full of shells, and nature is to be appreciated. We’ll be boating, horseback riding, kayaking and shell collecting and I could not be more excited. I know my kids appreciate the history, but it’s these kinds of activities that bring out the best in us as a family. None of us have kayaked before, so while we can all swim and it seems pretty mellow, there is still that excitement factor of something new we’ve never done before.
Some families only seek out the adventure choosing to skip the historical sites that really educate. Some families only choose to dive in to the historical without taking the time for some real outdoor fun. While both of those itineraries sound great, they can get a little monotonous. After doing this for 13 years, I can honestly say we’ve got the magic formula down. Mix up education and fun and most important-don’t be afraid to try something new and adventurous!