I’m SUPER EXCITED for our upcoming road trip. (Caps are most definitely needed!)
Can you tell I’m excited about our road trip? I have mentioned it multiple times on Instagram. Even accidentally spilling the beans via social media about the road trip before my stepchildren knew about it… Oops. It might have slipped my mind that my stepson is old enough to start finding these things online. Either way, he is still very excited!!!!! That’s the exact number of exclamation points he used in his comment.
Matthew and I have gone on a few road trips with the kids since I first move to Canada. Two with the trailer and the third was a drive plus hotel stay. Our road trips were both through areas in British Columbia, Canada so this time around we are going somewhere different.
We tossed around the idea about flying to Quebec City. This idea got axed fairly quickly because of the cost involved. Flying a family of 4 plus booking a hotel is not cheap. Needless to say, Quebec city got filed under this-is-a-trip-for-just-us-two.
Quebec City is on the top of my must-see list because it’s one of the oldest cities in North America. I LOVE (again caps needed) old architecture, walkable cities, and history. There is so much to see in Europe and I absolutely regret not traveling around Europe more when I lived there.
Eventually, we settled on the Oregon Coast & Central Oregon. I shamefully admit that I wasn’t super stoked about it at first. I didn’t know much about Oregon and pictured a few beaches and small towns along the coast. Nothing spectacular right?
Oh man, I was so wrong.
After digging a little deeper and researching the Oregon Coast I can’t wait to leave. We’re traveling down the Oregon coast and making our way back through Central Oregon.
Matthew and I were both on the fence and couldn’t decide if taking the trailer or packing up the car and booking hotel rooms would be better. Until we ran the numbers.
Traveling by trailer with a dog and a family of 4 will save us tons of money on food, RV sites are way cheaper than hotel rooms and by bringing the dog we should save at least $600 in kennel fees (if we decide to bring her).
After our previous experiences going on road trips with kids, we have it pretty much figured out. I would like to think so anyways. It has been the best way to travel with kids so far.
1. It’s easy
Everything you need is in your trailer. Pack it up once and you’re done! Other than the occasional groceries (and wine) you will need during your trip. Heck, you can pack whatever you want and are not restricted by airlines and baggage allowances. Pull up to your campsite, set up and, voila, you’re done.
2. The kids will love it
It’s a cheaper way to explore new places with the kids. Yes, if we had money growing on the trees in the backyard I would be on a plane to Europe, South America or Asia. Unfortunately, this is not the case so we’ve found a different way to still incorporate travel into our lives.
3. You get to stop and view whatever you want along the way
When you’re on a road trip you are not restricted by anything or anyone else. If you feel like stopping at a waterfall along the highway or decide to skip something you had planned on seeing, you can. Having this flexibility is pretty awesome.
4. Stories to remember for a lifetime
With any kind of travel, you will have stories to remember for a lifetime. Matthew loves his backcountry roadmaps and 90% of the time we camp way out in the bush, which I absolutely love, now. Believe me, I was very skeptical when he first introduced me to bush camping. He was super bummed not being able to take my sister bush camping when she visited Canada for the first time. To combat this he found a sketchy 80km forestry road over a mountain pass from Gray Creek to Kimberley BC, just to give my sister the experience of driving on a dirt road... For 80 kilometers… Plus, I had wanted to make the farmers market in Kimberley which was only possible if we took the shorter route over, instead of around the mountain.
The road is an active forestry road and cell service is non-existent. You’re advised to call the Gray Creek Store for the latest road conditions (and to let somebody know, just in case you are never heard from again) and when a local resident saw what we were pulling behind us, he had his doubts we would make it.
So we went anyway. The store owners figured we would be fine considering we drive on forestry roads quite regularly. Matthew has pulled the trailer through some of the craziest stretches in the mountains.
80km is a long haul on a forestry road! Plus the potholes were insane. We pulled into Kimberley on time for the farmers market. The trailer was a total mess inside and a pipe was leaking freshwater. FRESHwater, thank goodness… Fortunately, this was an easy fix.
We were not so lucky when the drive shaft fell off the truck on the way to the campsite. Let me tell you, that is loud and scary. I count my lucky stars it didn’t fall off during the drive over the pass where there was nobody around to help us. Yep. That’s making memories. Something the kids will be able to tell our grandchildren, I’m sure!
5. Spend quality time together
How many times has a kid uttered the words "you’re always on your phone". Maybe not that many, but my youngest stepson loves to say that. He’s a gamer and we restrict his gaming time but when we are on our phones or laptop for work he will be the first to point this out.
Life is different when you're on a road trip. Your family will be together for a good chunk of time. There is no work to worry about and more quality time as a family.
If you’ve any tips, suggestions or must-sees in Oregon, I’m all ears! Leave me a comment below or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org