Making Memories on Family Road Trips #kiasocialclub

Making Memories on Family Road Trips #kiasocialclub

I have been taking family road trips for as long as I can remember. As a child, we took summer vacations every year… always by car. I never even stepped foot on a plane until I was 26 years old. And, now, my husband and I travel fairly often with the kids… again, always by car.

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Family Road Trips

When I was about 12 years old we began taking yearly family road trips from Texas to California and then back around another route. We covered 10 states in 10 days. I believe we made this trip 4 times. It was normally just me, my parents, brother, sister, and grandparents. The second year it was a large caravan that included several of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. We had such an amazing time and made so many memories. The last trip we made like this was the summer I was 17. I was already dating my (now) husband for over a year and he made the trip with us.

My son wants desperately to make this same trip. He has asked us for the past 2 years but we have not yet been able to get the funds or make the plans to go. I would love to share those memories with my kids. We would stop at Carlsbad Caverns,White Sands, the Grand Canyon, Tombstone, the Painted Dessert, Yuma (where my mom was born), San Diego, the Redwood Forest, Yosemite, Salt Lake City, 4 Corners, Laramie (WY), Kansas, Oklahoma, and back home to Texas. I think I got the main points… although maybe not in order. There were so many great times and I often hear songs that take me back to that time on the road. We hope to take the trip soon with our children!

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But, my kids have had their fair share of road trips as well. Other than trips within Texas to Galveston or San Antonio (as recent as this past weekend), we have driven as close as Oklahoma to visit my grandparents cabin and as far as Ohio for a blog conference. Yes, we packed all but our oldest up and drove to Ohio last summer. Our oldest took a road trip the other direction to Utah to go on a mission trip. The rest of us enjoyed scenic countrysides through Tennessee and Kentucky as we made our way north.

One of the most fun road trips we had was while I was pregnant with baby #5. We, along with my parents, drove to Daytona Beach, Florida. Even with a flat tire on the way there and plenty of crazy storms on the way back, we had an amazing time. Driving down the Gulf was a nice change of scenery for us and the fun we had while there was priceless.

I much prefer road trips. Over the past year I have flown by myself to conferences and other press events… but, as a family, we prefer to drive. There is something to be said about the open road and car full of crazy family members to keep you going.

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What was your favorite road trip? What is the longest you have driven?

We  had 8 people in our SUV as we drove to Florida, plus all of our luggage. Have you driven in similar conditions? I would love to hear about your road trips!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign with Social Chorus as part of the Kia Social Club. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own.
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  1. Oh Staci, Im not a roadtrippin kind of girl…but maybe Ill try it…someday. 🙂

  2. 7onashoestring Says: October 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Making Memories on Family Road Trips #kiasocialclub…

    I have been taking family road trips for as long as I can remember. As a child, we took summer vacations…

  3. we always took road trips when we were kids….we took our kids from northern california to disneyland…fun trip!

  4. My friends and I drove to VA beach last year and it was such a fun time. Just us girls. It took hours to get there and we stopped along the way. One time we drove abou 8 hours to go to ohio. Fun but exhausting
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  5. Michelle Freeland Says: October 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    My family and I took a 2 wk road trip in a travel trailer up the coast of CA and had a blast!!

  6. Tami Vollenweider Says: October 26, 2012 at 12:36 am

    A favorite road trip,was when we took my Son to Disney World,when he was 10 years old.We stopped along the way and road in a glass bottom boat ride,and also stopped at Don Garland[s Car Museum!

  7. HI STACI,
    ONE TRIP THAT ALWAYS STICK OUT 2 ME IS,AFTER MY OLDEST GRADUATED FROM 2YR. COLLEGE ,I & HER SIBLINGS TOOK THE TRAIN FROM NEW ENGLAND THROUGH WASHINGTON ,THERE WE STOP ,REST TOOK N SOME SIGHTS &WALKED ACROSS THE HIGHWAY 2 GET A BIRD’S EYE VIEW CLOSE-UP OF THE WHITEHOUSE..OOOH WAT A BEAUTIFUL LOVELY TRIP!!!
    MIND U WEN WE LEFT NEW ENGLAND AT THE TIME IT WAS COLD WITH SNOW …
    AFTER THAT WE HEADED DOWN SOUTH THROUGH SOUTH CAROLINA..OOOH I TRIED 2 STAY AWAKE IN MY CABIN I SAW SOME AWESOME CHRISTMAS LITES CAUSE DURING THEN IT WAS THE HOLIDAYS…IT WAS AS IF WE WERE N A DREAM THE ENTIRE TIME ..I COULDNT BELIEVE N FLORIDA IT FELT LIKE AN INDIAN SUMMER..MY MIND COULDNT COMPREHEND WAT MY EYES SAW..
    MY 1st TIME I SAW LEMONS & ORANGE TREE!!! FINAL DESTANATION: Disney World..((yayy))! FOR 2wks!!!! 1 wk. at Disney ,1wk. at UNIVERSAL!! They half has NOT been told of wat we touch ,taste & the feeling of togetherness ,unspeakable JOY & love I’ll cherish 4 as long as I live with my children..(I’m separated from my spouse/kids father.
    yeah..I saw took pics of some characters & the kids but I got a chance 2 take a pic with my favorite GOOFY..:D! Minnie Mouse was adorable sweet ,she even told me she loved me..OOOH I cried happy tears of JOY..
    ALL I’VE endured my children & I was such great healing..
    SINCE THEN SHE’S GONE BACK 2 COMPLETE 4MORE YRS. & PICKED UP ANOTHER DEGREE ((yayyy))! thanQ

  8. Gina Brickell Says: October 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Favorite road trips have been the trips from GA up to MI to visit family. Longest was my move from WA state to GA. I did that one by myself though..

  9. Serena Adkins Says: October 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I love making memories that will last a lifetime because you never know what is in your path of life.

  10. My favorite road trip was when I drove from San Diego to Chicago and that’s also the longest I’ve driven! Iwas with my brother and sister and only 16!

  11. I wish that we had taken road trips as a family when I was younger. I really want to do things like that with our kids, but with my husbands job, we don’t have that luxury. I am hoping that someday it will happen!

  12. I love road trips. Its my favorite way to travel

  13. Cynthia C Says: October 27, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I remember a road trip to the beach with the kids when we had a breakdown. Ugh!

  14. Margaret Smith Says: October 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

    We love taking road trips with our family. So many great memories and lots of fun.

  15. Jennifer Jo Archdeacon Says: October 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Not much for roadtrips.

  16. EMMA L HORTON Says: October 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

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  17. road trips are so much fun!!

  18. Isaias Anaya Jr Says: October 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Growing up my family and I would take road trips every year, it helped my sister and I bond with our parents 🙂

  19. judy gardner Says: October 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    to gatlinburg, tennessee

  20. Jessie C. Says: October 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    From NY to CA, it was crazy!

  21. Janice Cooper Says: October 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    My favorite road trip was when we drove to Niagara Falls and Toronto. Loved the drive and scenery. Fun trip!!

  22. Jennifer Young Says: October 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    My favorite road trip was when I was in college. My husband (then fiancee at the time) surprised me for my birthday with tickets to my favorite band in New York City. We live in Wisconsin so it was quite the trip, lol. We also only had a weekend to do it. We drove for 24 hours straight, spent 24 hours in New York City and then drove 24 hours straight back home, lol! I think that was the longest I have driven in such a short period of time!

  23. Amanda Alvarado Says: October 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    We used to drive from Texas to Ohio every summer growing up to visit my grandparents. We also went on road trips sightseeing. I think our longest was 2 summers ago when we went to California and hit a bunch of national parks along the way and in California. I know in December we will be heading to New Jersey for a really quick road trip to see the Rolling Stones! LOL It will be our first winter road trip that takes us out of Texas!

  24. Liz Newsome Says: October 28, 2012 at 6:57 am

    My husband (who was just my boyfriend at the time) drove me and my 2 sisters from Florida to Illinois. We 3 girls had a terrific time – but my hubby said that he would never do it again! He said that although we are all intelligent women, when the 3 of us get together, our collective IQs drop! Guess he wasn’t used to girls and how we behave!

  25. I loved road trips with my family! I would always say…are we there yet? haha

  26. Telena Reynolds Says: October 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Yearly road trips to Gulf Shores every June!

  27. Tina Bartunek Says: October 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I love a good road trip!

  28. Darlene Ysaguirre Says: October 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Me and my husband have moved cross country in the last year since we are a millitary family..we drove from california to quantico va with 3 kids madness lol

  29. Barbara Mayes Says: October 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    One year..when I was 11, my parents, my two brothers and I traveled by car with no air conditioning, from Southern California to Northwest Arkansas where we stayed with family, then on up to Boston, MA to see an Aunt of mine, then we added one more passenger, my Dad’s twin sister, another of my Aunt’s, for the ride on up to Nova Scotia, Canada, where we stayed with an Uncle! Then of course back home again with each stop, until finally making it back home to CA. Whew!

  30. beth titus Says: October 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    longest road trip for me was to TN

  31. Jessica Vaughan Gengler Says: October 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    favorite road trip we took as a kid was going to the Grand Canyon

  32. I am not a fan of roadtrips, so I try to not take long ones. My most memorable was in college, with my roommate, driving all down the east coast, visiting friends during spring break.

  33. Our longest trip was from California to Florida. We have made that trip twice. It was nice though because we did some sightseeing.

  34. Favorite—drive to Lancaster PA
    Longest—from PA to FL

  35. I remember the road trips with colicy babies, 3 hours seemed like 13!

  36. We don’t take road trips very often with the girls, my oldest doesn’t travel well in the car, but we do take day trips around the state. Hopefully we can start taking road trips soon with the girls, I love them and my family took them all the time when I was young.

  37. When I was a kid we also drove everywhere. My Dad was in the Navy, and vacations for us were to go back “home” to New York. I flew on a plane for the first time when I was 16, and that was to fly to Nebraska to visit my sister and her family. As an adult, I have driven across the county multiple ways and multiple times: from FL to CA, from CA to FL, from FL to Indiana (and back), and from FL to New England (and back). There’s just something about being on the road, stopping at gas stations for my favorite coconut candy (I don’t eat it any other time, it just isn’t the same), blasting the music, stopping at the tourist traps (like South of the Border in South Carolina), and just having an “adventure.” I vacation in many different ways now (fly, cruise, road trip), and there is just something about road trips that make them unforgettable.

  38. shaunie w Says: October 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Travelled to Minnesota, the longest car ride. To be honest do not like travelling in a car prefer a faster method but also have waited a long time to ride in a plane (far older )

  39. I like roadtrips as long as there is sufficient time to stop and smell the roses per se’ lol

  40. I love road trips! A favorite was when my husband and I drove all through the southwest

  41. Cody Anderson Says: October 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Family road trips were always a blast growing up. My sister and I had games we played with each other and every summer we went to a different state.

  42. krista grandstaff Says: October 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I grew up on long road trips… we drove from Ohio to Oklahoma every summer for 7 years when I was a kid…Ohio to SC, Ohio to Canada…you name it.. I drove from OK to DisneyWorld a few years ago with 8 people in a van stuffed with luggage…5 of the 6 kids caught the flu while there, so we missed half the trip by hanging out at one of the resorts, stuck in hotel rooms…UGH.. ( plenty of fresh towels though 😉 I drive from Texas back home to Ohio every few months even now… I lived in Europe for 6 years, and drove from country to country there…even through the “chunnel”…I LOVE road trips!!!

  43. Alexandra Clatterbuck Says: October 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I absolutely love road trips!!! They are one of my fave things to do with the family!

  44. Sherry Compton Says: October 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

    When my kids were little we drove to California. On the way, we stopped in Arizona to visit family and see the Grand Canyon. It was a long trip with two small children (4 and 7). We sometimes slept in our blue van, but it is wonderful memories.

  45. We take a road trip to Gulf Shores, Al every summer. It is a great time to just get away with our family with no worries of work or school. The longest drive we have ever taken was approx. 15 hours. I would prefer to break it up and spend one night in a hotel n the way, but hubby and kids can’t wait to get there. Lol

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  46. My favorite road trip was from Georgia to Oregon!

  47. Wendi Watson Says: October 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    My first main road trip was from Ohio to south Carolina when I was 18,

  48. Michelle f Says: October 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    It would have to be my family and I took a road trip up the coast of CA and it was so memorable!

  49. Richard Hicks Says: October 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    We went on lots of roadtrips as a kid too. We traveled clear aross the country once over a 2 week period and saw so many wonderful things.

  50. We have drive from California to North Carolina and back, our oldest son was only 12 weeks old at the time so you can imagine how much fun that was 😉

  51. that car looks so spacious! i have taken a lot of roadtrips, but i don’t really like them that much.
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  52. Cheryl Reinhardt Says: October 31, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Road Trips can be fun but also very tiring…… mixed emotions on road trips……

  53. Sam Stamp Says: October 31, 2012 at 3:07 am

    My favorite road trip & my longest are one in the same! This past summer my boyfriend and I drove down to Nags Head, NC from Rochester, NY! It’s the longest I had ever had to be in a car and I was really nervous but it went pretty well & was totally worth it!! We had an AMAZING time with his family!! I can’t wait for our next trip together! I won’t have to wait long cause its this Saturday!

  54. We drove from KY to Texas taking me to school. I also drove myself there and back. It wasn’t a vacation per se but it was a lot of fun and we have a lot of memories.
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  55. My family have never taken a road trip that was more than 4 hours away from home. We traveled to the southern portion of our state and enjoyed all the hills and the beautiful countryside.

  56. My favorite road trip was one to Daytona Beach from Alabama when I was a kid. The longest I have driven was from Florida to Iowa.

  57. The longest we have driven is 13 hrs.

  58. We took a vacation to Tennessee from Florida. That was our longest road trip.

  59. I miss roadtrips. I used to go all the time for concerts. My favorite was in MO to see a bands final concert

  60. Keisa Rogers Says: October 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Our favorite place to vacation would be Tennessee.

  61. Susan Smith Says: October 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    My favorite road trip was when our family drove to Tampa to see the ocean for the first time. That was our longest trip and it was about 12 hours.

  62. mary gardner Says: October 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    my family always took last minute road trips to the beach and we still do that with our kids

  63. I love family road trips they are so fun!

  64. My favorite road trip was across the southern states to New Orleans.

  65. Danielle Porter Says: October 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    favorite road trip was from Florida to North Carolina! Not too long. 😉

  66. Christian Alejandro N. Says: October 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    California for sure!

  67. Shannon M Gallagher Says: October 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    That is an awesome car. When we go on road trips, far away, we like to rent something really nice like that but otherwise we use our own car and still have a great time, making memories!

  68. tamatha hunter Says: October 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    my dog & I drove 21 hours straight from So Cal to central Texas in order to be there for Valentine’s dinner with my childhood sweetheart

  69. Brooke Bumgardner Says: November 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    My favorite road trip was driving to Georgia with my best friend and my 11 month old daughter in 2003. So fun!
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  70. Anna Marie M. Says: November 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I haven’t experienced family road trips but the way I see it it could been a fun activity.

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