The Key To Happy Road Trips #AlamoDriveHappy

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Most people know that we love to travel, and do so as often as we can over here at Have Sippy headquarters.  We have certainly had a lot of fun on those trips, as well as made a lot of memories- and we look forward to more of both in the future.  Lately, we have been thinking about our travels and how we use them as a jumping off point for our travel resolutions for this year.

10 19 11 new 010My son and I take a lot of trips, both road trips and otherwise together.  Sometimes daddy comes, sometimes another family member(s), sometimes we go by ourselves- but we always have a lot of fun. One of his favorite road trips was to the Bob Evan’s homestead and Fall Festival- he still talks about it, and although he really liked Bob Evan’s restaurants before, he is hooked now.

pic4My grandmother went with us on that trip, and the three of us had a great time.  It was a very long drive- about 12 hours- and we of course stopped half way to get a hotel room for the night.  Neither my son nor grandmother had the constitution for a drive longer then that in one day!  It’s important to keep everyone’s ages, stages, and abilities in mind when planning a trip- road or any other kind.  Don’t overdo it, and DO stop for breaks (bathroom, food, and in general when your passengers need a break.  Everyone isn’t you, so to do something like “ban” pit stops will do no one any favors).

We continued our trip, spending a little more time in Ohio after we left the Fall Festival as well. There is a lot to see and do in Ohio, and we really enjoyed seeing more of the state.

pic5I really enjoyed spending this time with my son and grandmother- it was the first trip we had taken together as a threesome.  We made sure to include time for everyone’s favorite things and foods on the trip- including everyone’s favorite, stops at local Amish eateries.

1 24 12 trip 012Another fun road trip was to go snow tubing- we went with my husband as well on this trip, and it was a fun family adventure.  My son and husband love the snow and winter (me, not as much, haha) and they had the best time.  We spent the whole day riding the tubes as fast as they could go, and were worn out by dinnertime.

1 24 12 trip 042To do a 180 on days spent outdoors in the freezing cold, we stayed at a hotel that had an indoor water park- it was nice to be both inside and warm when the weather was (to me!) frightfully cold, haha.  I’m not sure what my son enjoyed more- the snow or the warm water?  Either way, it was a fun, balanced trip that we all enjoyed.

I think that’s really the key to a happy road trip- taking everyone’s needs and wants into consideration while you plan. If you want everyone to have a good time, you will need to include everyone’s tastes.

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Happy trails- go out and do something fun!

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Comments

  1. Lily Kwan says:

    I haven’t made any travel plan resolutions yet.

  2. My travel resolution is to have a nice, peaceful, relaxing vacation.

  3. Corey Olomon says:

    I want to take the kids to Canada this summer.

  4. To try to have a vacation this year.

  5. Trisha McKee says:

    I am definitely going on more road trips and being more adventurous. I went out of my comfort zone last year and had a fantastic time. Doing more of that this year.

  6. Thank You for the giveaway…our resolution is to finally finish driving the last leg of the PCH, from San Francisco to Mendocino County !

  7. Beverly Metcalf says:

    We will probably travel to Maine again this summer. I love the ocean!

  8. My husband and boys travel a lot, and me and the girls usually stay behind and have fun by ourselves. I’m trying to change that though and said that we would all travel together more. I just love my quieter weekends at home too much though lol

  9. Dorothy Hubbard says:

    No plan travel resolutions for the year except maybe a day trip her or there in the state to see a different part of the state.

  10. Angela Winesburg says:

    My travel resolution this year is to travel more, especially during summer vacation!

  11. My resolution is to enjoy my vacation time and appreciate each and every minute of it

  12. Gennie Lancaster says:

    Our travel resolution is to take more trips as a family.

  13. Jerry Marquardt says:

    My travel resolution this year is to travel to more, but closer locations, so we don’t keep putting off going.

  14. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    Our plans are to spend time together traveling and creating memories.

  15. I resolve to not check any luggage. If I can’t carry it on I don’t need it!

  16. Our plans are to travel more this year.

  17. Donna Jacoby says:

    My travel resolution is to bring as little as possible with me. It makes it so much easier when you don’t have to lug a bunch of stuff around! Thank you for the giveaway!

  18. I resolve to actually take a summer vacation this year!

  19. Buddy Garrett says:

    We plan to visit Orlando.

  20. Melissa Shirley says:

    Will be going to Disney for the first time this year. We are all excited !!!

  21. try to go the nick hotel in florida this year

  22. Rebecca Orr says:

    My travel resolution is to travel as lightly as possible. Just the necessities and something for do during the drive.

  23. My resolution is to travel overseas sometime this year.

  24. Mike Weisberg says:

    See the world

  25. Dusty Schnur says:

    I resolve to take the kids to Hershey Park this year.

  26. We’re going to the beach this summer.

  27. Holly Kennedy says:

    My plans are to save money for our honeymoon.

  28. I would love to take a camping trip with my kids in Maine.

  29. Kathy Pease says:

    I need to see the beach it has been way too long..I need salt water and sand

  30. No travel plans this year.

  31. Shea Balentine says:

    Hoping to take the kids to Florida sometime this year! =)

  32. Jennifer Dunaway says:

    Our plans this year is to take a family cruise with all the kids to the Caribbean.

  33. Due to my sons severe Autism we can vacation as a family 3-4 days at a time and this year we have decided to take two extra 4 day trips one with Mom and one with Dad so the other two can do things with out the restrictions of their brother’s needs. We will call them Mom trip and Dad trip. I am looking forward to it. Then who is ever home will also be able to spend alone time with are “travel challenged” little guy.

  34. I don’t have any travel plans or resolutions this year. I’ll be lucky to get a short visit to see my brother.

  35. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    We are planning on going to Maine this year as well as a few day trips

  36. Tanya White says:

    My husband and I plan to go down south somewhere this summer for a week, I need a vacation badly.

  37. Lyndsey Rullman says:

    Only plans I WANT to have is to go see my sissy in California 🙂 We live in Ohio so quite the expensive but I miss her and her children so very much.

  38. Becky Moore says:

    I resolve not to threaten to leave the kids by the roadside this year…..

  39. Amanda Whitley says:

    my travel resolution is to go somewhere i havent been before

  40. Rachel Travis says:

    Our resolution is to travel MORE, and at every opportunity…life is too short!

  41. We don’t have any travel plans for this year. We’re keeping it local.

  42. I hope to go on a summer weekend trip, just not sure yet.

  43. Allison S. says:

    I need to get back to my old travel schedule. I used to go on a short trip every couple of months.

  44. to travel more

  45. mintpearls says:

    My travel resolution is to stop being so paranoid when I’m traveling. I worry so much about our leaving our house unoccupied, lol. Thanks so much for the chance!

  46. Barb Stenby says:

    wish we had a trip planned but nope going no where 🙁

  47. Jessica Rose says:

    Ohhh I didn’t make any resolution pertaining to travel, but now that I’m thinking about it, might be nice to take at least one trip this year!

  48. Ellen Spice says:

    I am hoping this year we can travel to see our family.

  49. We havent had a family vacation in a long time!
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  50. Sherry Walker says:

    My resolution is to finally take a trip to Myrtle Beach!

  51. Crystal F says:

    I want to not be afraid to travel. We don’t normally go anywhere because we are scared of the unknown but I want to change that this year. Thank you!

  52. sara wood says:

    I plan to travel more and spend less!

  53. Tracey byram says:

    I have no travel resolutions because I can’t afford to travel this year

  54. Alicia Thibadeau says:

    Would like to go camping this summer.

  55. Alicia WALLACE says:

    Take more road trips

  56. I get free hotel stays with my company for personal use and last year didn’t use any of them. This year I plan on using as many as I can!

  57. Travel more; travel safe.

  58. joe gersch says:

    i resolve to go to Florida to travel

  59. joe gersch says:

    i resolve to go to Florida

  60. lonnie hutchinson says:

    we will travel to lake of the Ozarks this summer

  61. Finally see the Atlantic ocean.

  62. Paige Jagan says:

    To travel to the beach more!

  63. I’m hoping to travel somewhere outside the country!

  64. Angela Cisco says:

    To finally make is to Disney.

  65. Shirley Hicks says:

    heading back to ocean again this year

  66. Jennifer Reed says:

    My travel plan resolutions this year is to take a few more small 2-3 day trips instead of longer ones. It seems to work best for my family currently.

  67. Laurie Emerson says:

    My travel resolution is to do something different this year. I have never been camping and am going to give it a try.

  68. Mine is just to go on a small vacation without the kids!

  69. Seyma Shabbir says:

    To travel more and enjoy the road trip more than I do!

  70. Melanie Montgomery says:

    We plan on going to Florida for the first time this year

  71. To visit far off places that I haven’t visited before, and maybe a few I have along the way.

  72. I don’t make resolutions but one thing I plan to do this year that I haven’t in a few years is travel to see my mom. I’m super excited about it and can’t wait.

  73. Tonya Dreese says:

    Losing weight cause I am tired of being fat.

  74. Terry Cross says:

    Mine is to go somewhere I haven’t been yet

  75. David Holder says:

    We are planning a beach trip for May if all goes well.

  76. I plan to get out and explore instead of hearing other people’s stories.

  77. To our next trip even better than the last one, we plan to save up enough money to do some extra activities.

  78. Our family wants to go on a Caribbean cruise together this year. Our resolution is to have a great time and all get along through the whole trip, including on the drive to get to the port and back.

  79. I want to get up in the mountains more often.
    Thanks for the contest.

  80. I’m going to the Dry Tortuga’s.

  81. Lisa Garner says:

    My travel plan resolution this year is to actually take a vacation this year and enjoy time with my children.

  82. Jessica Ruggiero says:

    We are planning a family trip to Disney World this summer!

  83. We are planning to visit a number of museums to broaden our history

  84. steve weber says:

    I’m hoping to take at least 6-7 trips this year.

  85. Jodi Kershuk says:

    We’re hoping to hit Hershey park this year!

  86. My travel resolution is to travel more often.

  87. We are taking a family trip to explore a city and also I will take my kids and my mom to the beach.

  88. I’d like to go see my family more.

  89. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Hubz and I want to travel someplace new together—not to family–Not to an old favorite.

  90. Thomas Murphy says:

    Mine is to do something new every year.

  91. Kim Keithline says:

    My travel plan resolutions for 2015 are to travel for 2 places that I have never been before I tend to go to the same vacation spots so i want to see and experience something new

  92. I plan to not visit family this year but instead go on relaxing vacation.

  93. Jennifer Williams says:

    I’m wanting to take the little ones to NYC!

  94. Just to take more trips locally together.

  95. We are planning to go to California.

  96. To at least travel 1 time. I haven’t been able to travel for awhile.

  97. rickel bart says:

    visit my mom regularly

  98. To travel more

  99. No plans yet, but hopefully go somewhere local and new

  100. Tracy Melhinch says:

    I really want to go to Oregon to finally meet my boyfriends parents

  101. We are gong to explore the state of Michigan

  102. Danielle Clucas says:

    This year my finace and I are taking our first vacation together to visit my family up north!

  103. Staycation!

  104. Amanda Kinder says:

    My travel plans resolutions is getting over my driving fear.

  105. Breanna Pollard says:

    we are going to san antonio

  106. Theron Willis says:

    To go to Japan

  107. We’re saving to go to St. John next year, so this year were staying close to home. Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and San Diego will be our destinations this year.

  108. Stephanie Larison says:

    We’re going to Branson to check it out. It’s crazy we’re so close but never been!

  109. We plan on taking a trip to San Diego sometime in the summer.

  110. jimmy Rector says:

    stay home all I can afford

  111. I resolve to plan farther in advance!

  112. I would like to travel in Wisconsin somewhere.

  113. I am going to visit San Francisco

  114. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would love to travel to Vermont this year!

  115. For sure, we are traveling to Pell City, Alabama to see our new grand-daughter! Then, in October, it’s off to Stone Mountain, Georgia for the Scottish Highland Games!

  116. Jacquelyn Cannon says:

    I am planning a trip with my family to Dallas, Texas to visit my cousins.

  117. Susan Smith says:

    I’d love to go on a cruise with my family this year.

  118. sarah hirsch says:

    we resolve to take a fun family vacay

  119. We plan to take a little trip up to the North Shore this summer and see all its beauty!

  120. Go up north!!!!!!! I live in MN 🙂

  121. We have a trip planned for grandma’s house in a week… then beach vacation for spring break!

  122. Amy Delong says:

    go to the beach&pack only what is needed
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  123. Jennifer M says:

    We’re going to try to explore as many local (day trips) areas as we can this year.

  124. Linda Lansford says:

    I will go to Biloxi

  125. Michelle S says:

    I resolve to be entirely prepared if we decide to road trip to Cali this summer (God save me).

  126. Allison Kusel says:

    To actuallygo make time for a vacation this year, we didn’t get to on one last year.

  127. stephanie baker says:

    We have a 10-month-old & will have another baby this summer, so traveling has become a whole new level for us! I’m hoping to be able to make smooth trips whether we are going on a roadtrip or just going to the store.

  128. We are planning to go camping in the Smokey mountains this summer.

  129. Mary Happymommy says:

    I resolve to take at least one educational trip for our homeschool.

  130. To get to the other side of my state to visit elderly relatives.

  131. Rebecca Parsons says:

    For us is has to be relax more when we are on vacation and not schedule it out too much.

  132. Jennifer Short says:

    I want to go to a state I’ve never been to before. Maybe Illinios or Maine.

  133. My goal is to visit New Orleans maybe this year, maybe another year, but I have to visit.

  134. amy deeter says:

    im actually leaving tomorrow for orlando than off to daytona beach !!

  135. Melissa Smith says:

    We are taking a family vacation as we usually do in the summer. We haven’t decided where yet.

  136. Susan Christy says:

    I resolved to travel more – I used to travel all the time, but for various reasons have not been able to go anywhere recently. Off to a good start – heading to Florida in a few weeks!

  137. We are planning to go to Disney this year!

  138. heather s says:

    To go to Florida to see relatives and have fun

  139. To book flights and hotel way in advance to try to get cheaper rates.

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  140. Heather S says:

    To visit Montreal.

  141. My resolution is to book flights, hotels, and cars way ahead of time this year to save as much as possible!

  142. Mary Calabrese says:

    I resolve to go to Italy this year. Good thing I have everything booked for it!!

  143. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    We are going to an RV park resort.

  144. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    My travel resolutions this year are to travel to the Northwest part of the country! (never been)

  145. we are planning a road trip to the beach this summer.

  146. Theresa Smith says:

    My travel plans are simply to go visit family. This is most important.

  147. Mary Cloud says:

    I’d like to take two small trips instead of one long one and make sure that the beach is one of the destinations.

  148. Amy Pratt says:

    My travel resolution is to take a trek in the west desert of Utah.

  149. Cynthia C says:

    I am planning a road trip to the beach this summer.

  150. Tari Lawson says:

    Our travel plan resolution is to go to visit my inlaws. It has been to long since we have been there.

  151. We plan on a family trip this summer since my daughter starts college in the fall.

  152. Barbara Montag says:

    I’d like to go to CO to visit a close friend.
    thank you

  153. Danielle Marie says:

    i plan to take a week long vacation somewhere outside of the state!

  154. Would like to spend it with our sons, our grandchildren and our friends

  155. wendy wallach says:

    not to have drama on family vacations

  156. I gave you the wrong Google+ info – on Google+ I am tammi.velez

  157. I have never made a travel pan resolution, but I would love to visit Hilton Head Island any time – it’s my favorite place to go on vacation. I would also love to travel around Europe a little more. There is so much more to see!

  158. Rajee Pandi says:

    To Hawaii to have fun with my family

  159. Tabathia B says:

    I want to take my kids to Great Wolf Lodge, DC to visit some historical sites and hopefully to WDW or Universal Studios

  160. Right now I have no plans to travel this year, so no resolutions. Here in town, I resolve to drive safely and buckle up.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  161. robyn paris says:

    I would like to go to New Mexico to visit family.

  162. To go visit San Antonio, been wanting to go for a long time.

  163. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    Mine is to keep saving up for a week long vacation at some resort.

  164. Brittney House says:

    We will be going to my uncle’s wedding in a couple months.

  165. Todd Piorun says:

    Going on a babymoon before our first child is born.

  166. Ann Fantom says:

    My travel plan resolution is not to buy snacks while traveling to cut down on costs and calories

  167. Katharine Davis says:

    Get my boys to the ocean

  168. Katherine says:

    Going to TExas to see my great niece

  169. christine j says:

    I plan on visiting my family this spring

  170. Ellie Wright says:

    I plan to visit my friend in arizona and finally see the Grand Canyon.

  171. My sister and I plan to travel more this year with trips within the state and if we can, an international trip or within the United States.

  172. Cara kirkland says:

    To escape with my husband somewhere every couple of months.

  173. Margaret Smith says:

    We’re planning on going to So. Carolina to visit my Father, brother and sister in law. My resolution is to actually do it this year. Last year we planned, but last minute had to change our plans.

  174. Too not spend as much as I usually do.

  175. We need to go see my mother-in-law.

  176. Adrienne gordon says:

    Mine is to get on a cruise

  177. Shannon Baas says:

    To take a short trip each month.

  178. Sandy Klocinski says:

    I don’t make resolutions but I would like to try something I wouldn’t do at home. Maybe an activity that intimidates me or a food I’ve never heard of. Or maybe simply do something on my own that I would normally do with other people.

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