Holiday Road Trip Memories #kiaholidays

Holiday Road Trip Memories #kiaholidays

I have been taking road trips ever since I was a kid. We drove all over the West side of the country… a few times. In fact, I never even stepped foot into a plane until I was 25 and that was for a 45 minute flight to San Antonio. It was not until the last year that I actually became a more frequent flyer. I love road trips.

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Road Trip Memories

When I was younger we spent lots of time in Oklahoma at my grandparents’ cabin there. We, my entire family, would all drive up there on Friday evening and come back home on Sunday evening. My dad always had a truck with a camper that we could all hop in the back of and have a great time on the road. (This was back before all the seat belt laws and such were in effect, of course).

Christmas songs were belted out and we would laugh and talk the whole way up. Travel games were a regular and we would bring along card and dice games to play as well. One of our favorite things to do was to grab a small wipe board and write fun messages on it to others as we passed by. A simple, “Hello!” or other greeting usually. Always something nice. We were simply looking to get a reaction… and it was normally a bug smile, wave hello, or a honk. It made us happy to see others happy.

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Nowadays I enjoy taking my children on these road trips. Although my grandparents have passed away and we do not get up to the cabin as much, we do still enjoy road trips. There is nothing we enjoy more than some fun times on the road. Whether we are driving to Florida for a vacation, Ohio for a conference, or as close as San Antonio for a little of both… we enjoy the bonding time and have a fabulous time.

In fact, we are already planning our next road trip. My son is begging to take the same journey I took with my parents when I was younger: Texas to California and then back around through Wyoming and Kansas back down to Texas. 10 states in 10 days. Next summer? I sure am hoping to make it so! Wonder if we can get a new Kia before then for a nice comfy ride around the SouthWest US? Hmmmmm…

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What holiday traditions does your family have? Do they include road trips?

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  1. Most of our traveling includes road trips! If we are not rushed to make time, road trips are amazing ways to learn about different places while having a blast together as a family. My Mother took us every summer half-way across the country and then we made the journey as a family usually in the winter time. I can’t wait to share more states with my children!
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  2. For the holidays, we travel across town to be with family. We will also drive about an hour away each year to shop. We also travel an hour in the opposite direction to look at Christmas lights.
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  3. Debra Monroe Says: November 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    My traditions have changed alot since the passing of my dad and grandparents. I’m in the process of trying to start some new traditions with my 2 new grandsons. I’m looking forward to Christmas again wth them and starting some new fun traditions.

  4. Mary Beth Elderton Says: November 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    When I was a kid our tradition was always to travel to my grandmother’s house. Nowadays, a lot of road travel is just too expensive.

  5. We always gather on Christmas eve, always at our house, has since I was little. Our whole family lives nearby so there are no road trips.
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  6. Christian Alejandro N. Says: November 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    We either travel or stay home and have family over. We love to do the whole christmas morning gift routine!

  7. That looks like a great vehicle to take a road trip in! It’s been entirely too long since I’ve been on a road trip.
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  8. Ha! 10 states, 10 days? Wow, you are BRAVE! I grew up in Wyoming and lived in Kansas. that drive from Kansas to Wyoming is BORING! lol. Not a lot of scenery to keep you entertained; lots of flat sage brush. lol.

    I also had never flown until I was in college. When I had traveled it was always by driving. those are long hours.
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  9. We are starting a new tradition this holiday that does indeed involve a road trip. Vacations to Disney World for Christmas.
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  10. Disney anytime is a great idea Tiffany! I can’t wait for you to get to take your kids 🙂
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  11. A roadtrip in a car like that could be a lot of fun!
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  12. We drive for every single holiday since neither of our families are local. I personally love a good road trip. One of my favorite parts is preparing the snack and activity bags for both my daughter and me!
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  13. Starr Greenwell Says: November 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    my son and I always went out for a nice dinner ‘Christmas
    Eve then went home and opened gifts

  14. Road trips with my girlfriends are the best these days! No kids or husbands. Just us, the open road and as many bathroom stops as we need 🙂
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  15. We always have to travel since our family is out of state.
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  16. Ann Fantom Says: November 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is baking cookies with my daughter.

  17. My favorite tradition is having the family over for Christmas dinner.

  18. For thanksgiving, everyone goes around the table and says what they are thankful for.

  19. Christmas songs are always so much fun on holiday road trips!
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  20. I do not have road trips as a tradition but it would be fun. We always have a potluck and stay in town.

  21. We love road trips! We used to take at least one a year pre kids. Now we’re getting better at taking more with the kids. It gives us so much freedom and a sense of adventure.
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  22. Barbara Montag Says: November 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Favorite holiday tradition – doing the Thanksgiving day walk/run at the YMCA with my sis.

  23. My favorite tradition is when we all load up in the truck and go pick out our Christmas tree and then cut it down. It is so much fun.

  24. bradley howard Says: November 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    we always have mimosa’s in the morning while unwrapping presents 🙂

  25. kathy pease Says: November 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    we like to bake goodie baskets for friends and family on christmas eve

  26. When I was a kid our family tradition was traveling for holidays to visiti grandparents

  27. All my family is nice and close so our holiday celebrations are local.

  28. No road trips for me. My parents both hate driving so we’ve always flown everywhere we go. One of our holiday traditions is having dinner at my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve and watching Home Alone.

  29. Tracy Allen Says: November 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Fancy Dinner out on Christmas Eve

  30. We put up the Christmas tree on Dec. 1!
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  31. Jenny Farr Says: November 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I enjoy spending time with family and having a big dinner. no road trips involved just staying a home

  32. We pick a member of the family’s house and no matter where it is, our entire family goes. We have many military people in our family and we have even traveled overseas to spend a holiday with them. Before we carve the turkey, we draw out a name in a bowl and that’s the home we go to the following year.

  33. Midnight mass is one.

  34. Kellie Rose Wilson Says: November 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    We visit my Grandmother on Christmas Eve, we have done this such I was a child. We visit my mother’s brother on Christmas day!

  35. Laura Miller Says: November 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    This December we are taking our first actual Christmas vacation! I am hoping that these will be our favorite memories!!!

  36. We used to drive to San Diego from Los Angeles every Thanksgiving to spend it with my aunt and cousins. The drive always seemed so long when I was a kid and now looking back it was so close really! The anticipation getting there is something I still remember to this day.
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  37. Lanicsha Wynn Says: November 19, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Every year we (my parents, brother, sister, their spouses, kids and my spouse and kid) pick a house (between all of us) and that is where everybody will spend the night on Christmas eve, also the person who host the sleepover has to cook for Christmas as well. This year it is my turn to host and cook…i’m so excited.

  38. You know, I don’t think I have ever traveled during a Holiday. We usually keep it low key here at home with the family and avoid all the crazy holiday traffic. We had a really good time taking the kids to Reno, Nevada a couple of years back. We are going somewhere in December… not sure where yet though.
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  39. Road Trip memories… every year my parents would take us on an educational vacation. We hated it as a kid, we wanted to go to Disneyland, etc. Instead we ended up seeing presidential libraries, the Smithsonian, DC monuments, and the like. Today I realize that I was lucky to have seen all that I did as I cannot afford to do these things now 🙂

  40. joseph gersch jr Says: November 19, 2012 at 4:01 am

    We go out for Thanksgiving dinner

  41. Stephanie Larison Says: November 19, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I love both sides of the family coming over and spending it together. It only happens once a year.

  42. We always drive around the neighborhoods one night and look at all of the Christmas lights!

  43. We set up the tree on Thanksgiving and then I spend the rest of the season shopping and baking. We enjoy the church holiday program and Santa Clause comes.

  44. Jennifer Boehme Says: November 19, 2012 at 7:14 am

    After dad died when we were little my mom took us all to Branson, MO to see the Christmas lights. It was a fun trip and lots of pretty things there. Lots of memories of sleeping in bed of truck with all our stuff packed and the sliding back glass was fun to crawl back and forth with the camper on. She drove a long time before stopping.

  45. allyson tice Says: November 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

    We usually take a trip to the next town over and look at the lights and displays they have up. Its a tradition my kids never forget!!

  46. We do a Secret Santa and buy 1 person an awesome gift instead of getting little gifts for everyone.

  47. kimberly bhatti Says: November 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

    my favorite holiday road trip memory was 3 yrs ago driving with the kids to go see snow! they had never seen snow before so it was exciting!!

  48. Julia Pelletier-Osler Says: November 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

    When I was a kid we would travel down to Texas to spend Christmas with family. I haven’t been there in years.

  49. Opening presents Christmas morning.

  50. Barbara Stenby Says: November 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    we thankfully don’t have to travel. It is just my husband & son & I and we stay home.

  51. we used to love to play car bingo…always a fun thing to do. my mom always came up with fun things to do in the car

  52. baking cookies with my mom and grandma

  53. As a child we always went to my aunts house. It was always fun but the 8 hour ride was never real fun. lol…
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  54. april yedinak Says: November 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    My favorite road trip memory is when I took the kid to Fargo, ND for Thanksgiving one year and we stopped at a hotel with a water park and went to the Mall of America. The kids loved it.

  55. My favorite road trip was when I was about 8 years old. We drove from AZ to IL. We stopped at various motels along the way and I was thrilled because they all had pools. When we got to IL I got to meet my grandma for the first time.
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  56. Dorothy Deakyne Says: November 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    My favorite road trip was to visit my grandmother as a child, we got to see snow for the first time, as children snow was the best christmas anyone could of gave us and it was free, Now as a adult I still can’t wait to see my first snowflake of winer

  57. going to grandparents singing xmas carols on xmas eve…forever fun and still brings smiles to my face, in MN we were pretty lucky with the white Xmas thing 🙂
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  58. No holiday road trips. I sing with a small group and we go caroling at assisted living places several times during the holidays.

  59. My favorite holiday roadtrip was to Florida. I thought I’d be disappointed about not seeing the snow on Christmas Day but it was defiantly the most memorable.

  60. alvina castro Says: November 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    favorite holiday tradition? walking dontown seeing the xmas lights

  61. alejandra castro Says: November 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    reading the night before xmas with family

  62. Stephanie Larison Says: November 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

    My favorite memory is when I was younger, all my family used to come over and we’d bake cookies together.

  63. Ellen Levickis Says: November 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

    My favorite memories are of when I was little (and so all the cousins were, too) and we would all be at Grandma and Grandpa’s for Christmas Eve along with many of Gma and Gpa’s siblings and their kids. Gma and Gpa have died and we all have our own families spread all over the state now so we don’t have those big Christmases anymore. We now have Mom and Dad’s grandchildren to make the big mess. 🙂

  64. golden storm Says: November 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    my favorite holiday wasnt really a holiday for me but for my mum who came from the uk to visit me over thanksgiving about 5 years ago and it was the most wonderful holiday i ever had

  65. Karen Medlin Says: November 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    favorite holiday memory is the year dad had passed away and money was short, with 11 brothers and sisters we decided to make mom homemade christmas gifts. Mom had a quilt for her bed, an afghan. several aprons and a crochet hat, and the little ones made ornaments for the tree. She had a lot of gifts to unwrap that year… it was the best smile we got from mom that year.

  66. Jessamine Marie Ricafort Dungo Says: November 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    My favorite holiday road trip was when I was younger we used to go to Baguio (a cooler place in the Philippines) and we would stay there for a couple of days and go ride horses and bicycles in a park. 🙂

  67. *looks thoughtful* Boy. Every Christmas we have the tradition of having cinnamon rolls for breakfast (talk about a sugar high, I say!), and then we open gifts. I think my favorite memory is when we got up early as children and waited for mom and dad to get up– played with our stuffed animals in the Christmas tree. 😀
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  68. My favorite holiday memory was when I was young and we used to go to my grandmas house for the holidays. She would always have 7-9 different cookies that she would make in tins, She used to wrap gifts in plastic bags, And I used to play and nap behind her armchair in the living room to have some time to myself in such a crowded house. Its the little things.

  69. Adrianne B Says: November 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    My favorite holiday memory is driving around Metro Detroit with my parents and brother to see all the great light displays.

  70. Spending time with family.

  71. Amanda Alvarado Says: November 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    We never took road trips over Christmas – we would always fly! I remember visiting my grandparents when they were older after Christmas for New Year’s. The trip I remember the most is when my ds was around 6 months old (he’s 19 now!). The flight was horrible having to lug everything that was needed for a 6 month old. The trip was worth it though. It was the 1st time my grandparents got to meet their 1st great-grandchild from my dad, their only son!

  72. Carolyn A Colley (Griffith, Smith) Says: November 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I’ve never traveled during the holidays, I enjoy spending time with my family, but my sister who lives in FL is always missing from the crowd and this year my sister Debbie is missing but not forgotten, she passed away in July.

  73. My dad worked nights, so on Christmas morning we had to wait to open up our big gifts until he got home at about 8 am, but my mom would let us go through our stockings & she was soooo great at filling them up with cool stuff.

  74. My favorite holiday memory is decorating the Christmas Tree with my family.

  75. Our family traveled along the Gulf Coast. It just happened during an ice storm and we got stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on black ice. We sang songs and made a game of it.
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  76. My favorite holiday memory is the last Christmas I got to spend with my Grandma.
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  77. My favorite holiday memory is the year we drove up PCH and saw the redwoods during Christmas break.

  78. My favorite holiday memory was when the family went to this tree farm way out in a forest type area to cut our tree. They had such a nice place. The snow was thick to cut the tree we had to wear our snow boots. We got to pick our favorite tree than afterwards ate popcorn, peppermint sticks and hot cocoa in the warm barn. It was so much fun being with my family. Thanks!

  79. My favorite holiday memory was when I went christmas caroling with some of my cousins. so fun! 🙂

  80. Best Holiday memories were always going to my grandmas family Christmases. BIG and LOUD and FUN! And now with our big families, they are still the same! The road trips not so fun though, as we had to squish into a station wagon with 11 people, And after that it was just the nightmare of traveling with kids…car seats, someone always got car sick, finding room to take all the presents for a long long drive and then also on the way home. I miss the kids being little and the wonder of Christmas through their eyes, but it IS so much easier now. We are lucky we not have grandkids and probably a lot more to come…so it will be BIG and LOUD and fUn forever <3

  81. Seyma Shabbir Says: November 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    My fav Holiday memory was christmas caroling in Germany when my dad was in the Army. I got to try a warm German wine ( I was 16) , eat cookies It really is fun there!

  82. My favorite Holiday Memory is when my family came in from Texas and got to play in the snow!

  83. Darlene Ysaguirre Says: November 29, 2012 at 12:35 am

    My favorite holiday was when i was younger we took a road trip to Reno Nevada in an r.v and i seen snow for the first time

  84. Stephanie B Says: November 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    my favorite holiday memory is of our entire family sitting around the christmas tree the year before my grandmother died. She had cancer and was getting worse so it was probably the only year that absolutely everyone in my family was there. It was such a great time together and will be with me forever

  85. Kristie Betts Says: November 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

    My favorite is every year we always find new ways to celebrate

  86. maria chamorro Says: November 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    My favorite holiday memory was waking up extremely early with my brothers to open our presents and then going back to sleep until mom n dad woke up.

  87. Richard Hicks Says: November 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    my fav. memory was a trip to SC last year to visit our relatives. SO nice to see them after so many years

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  88. sindy murray Says: November 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I don’t really have a favorite memory but,I love the look of my kids on Christmas morning when their opening their presents.

  89. kathy pease Says: November 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    my favorite memory is my mom baking cream puffs every christmas eve

  90. Austin Baroudi Says: November 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Probaly a few Christmas 2010 because it was the first time I got to spend it with my whole family! Everyone was ther and it was great!

  91. krista grandstaff Says: November 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I LOVE road trips…my family lives 1100 miles away, back in Ohio…and we try to get home twice a year.. we never fly because with anywhere from 6-8 people going, it just isn’t cost effective 🙂 My kids love that we always stop in the middle of the night and eat at a place like waffle house…where I let them eat chocolate cream pie and french fries…lol ( NO..we do NOT eat like that normally!)

  92. Christian Alejandro N. Says: November 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Our first white christmas was amazing for all of us.

  93. Jennifer Marie Says: November 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I always loved going and driving through neighborhoods and looking at the Christmas lights.

  94. Cathy Koker Eleftheriadis Says: November 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Baking Christmas Cookies with my family!…best Christmas memories 🙂

  95. We don’t usually travel on the holidays because our family lives in state. The only travel we do is for vacations!

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