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Thinking About Doing A Road Trip To Jekyll Island

There is a CHANCE that I might be heading down to Jekyll Island, GA in April and I have this ITCH to drive it. Nothing is confirmed as I am still in discussion with their chamber of commerce, but I keep thinking about the adventure the kids COULD have on the road. Or am I just crazy?

Bill doesn’t want to drive it AT ALL. He is absolutely AGAINST it and refused to even consider it, but I am silently visualizing us packing up and going. LOL!

I have a lot of friends who road trip with the kids and always come back feeling it wasn’t “that bad”. I’m so torn!!! I KNOW it will be fine going down… but it’s the coming BACK that I think will be dreadful. After a few days of sightseeing, you then have to drive 18-20 hours to get home? That is INSANE – and my husband is not the calmest driver on the road. I end up getting anxiety after an hour or so of hearing him dictate how everyone SHOULD be driving and complaining that they aren’t following his rules…

WHAT TO DO?

This is all talk anyway – it might not happen to begin with and then this problem goes away, but maybe you can help me out. DO you take the kids on 18+ hour road trips? ARE YOU CRAZY AFTER IT? Do you enjoy it? Do the kids go NUTS with all the downtime? Do you break it up mid-way and sleep somewhere? WHAT DO YOU DO????

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  1. In my family, we are road trippers. When my husband first suggested it 12 years ago, I thought: NO. WAY.

    But honestly, after the first trip, I couldn’t imagine traveling any other way. I LOVE road trips. We take 1-2 per year.

    My kids were a bit older than yours when we started out, so I think that made it easier. But the amount of bonding my family has done on those trips is unbelievable. We experienced so much together, I wouldn’t trade those times for anything in the world! I live in Minneapolis and we have been everywhere in the western U.S. and a number of places in the east. We usually have a destination, but remain flexible and take whatever route we decide on once we are on the road. Several times, we have taken trips as long as 3 weeks at a stretch. (This requires a lot of stops along the way for wine.)

    An 18-20 hour trip is doable for kids your age, just break it up. We never drive at night. Leave a day early from your destination and plan on spending 2 days in some place along the way home. That way, you don’t feel like you’re racing back. Or race back, whatever works for you.

  2. If you have a DVD player in your vehicle, and need some “quiet time” along the route, stop at a RedBox Rental and get a movie for the kids.

  3. I am a fan of both roadtrips and Jekyll Island! My family did many roadtrips when were were kids and Jekyll Island was one of them. The drive was long but we found many ways to entertain ourselves — mostly making up songs amd games since it was before PDAs and portable DVRs. I say do it. It’ll be memorable.

  4. OMG you must go!!! Just get Natalie and Liam their own indiviual DVD’s players, load em up with snacks and HEAD out on the road!! Sounds like it would be an absolute hoot!

  5. We take a few road trips every year – furthest we’ve ever been is 8 hours away. I’ve done lots of 18-20 hour road trips when I was a kid, but we always split them up into 2 days to make it easier on everyone.

    SO much fun and such a great way to spend time as a family!

  6. Honestly my sister does it every year. They either go to the Jersey Shore, have gone to DC twice, have gone to Maryland and also Virginia. This is all from Massachusetts. We have gone to Toronto from MA, it was a 13 hr drive. It wasn’t that bad but we were also crammed in a Toyota Highlander with the 2 husbands in the front, a wife an infant and a toddler in the middle row and myself and our 4 year old at that time. I would di it again, only if it’s just my family!

  7. That sounds like a ton of fun! 🙂 We’ve never been on a vacay with our kids (or alone – so don’t think we ditch them or anything lol), but I’d love to do a road trip. I’m trying to put something together for this summer, but mine are a lot older than yours.

  8. Jekyll Island is great! It’s a short trip from here and we go for a family vacay once a year! It’s funny you mentioned road trips. For the last couple of years, I have been begging my hubby to take a road trip from Florida to Canada. We have concluded that we ( myself, hubby and our nine year old daughter) would all have a super blast on the way there. It’s the drive back, when your tired, aggravated and ready to be home that we are worried about. Let us know how it goes!

  9. I just love road trips. My kids enjoy hitting the open road. We will usually make some stops on the way so the kids can get out and run around and stretch, but for the most part the kids are fine. I will usually pack tons of snack and books and I carry along my Ipad with me. I work at DISH Network and have their service. I got the TV Everywhere with them and the kids absolutely love it. I can access our DVR and live TV from anywhere we are at. The kids can watch all their favorite shows and it keeps them quiet for hours.

  10. Vera I was just Googling “Jekyll Island family to do” as we are going July 4th week and found your post. Very excited! I won a trip for 5 nights at the Jekyll Island Club.

    OK admittedly we are TOTAL WIMPS and are flying direct from Nashville to Jacksonville, Fla.

    I agree with everyone else. As long as you break it up over 2 days and have plenty of movies for the DVD player you are good to go! Coastal Georgia is beautiful!

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