Mapping Your Move to Austin--A Tech-Free (Mostly) Road Trip

Road tripBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Ahh, the lure of the open road. Ideas of road-tripping across the nation, sightseeing, finding a great hometown restaurant--all the delightful visuals of driving Route 66 disappear in a hurry when your reality is shepherding the children and a furry friend to your new house. Organizing a drive which helps to keep everybody on an even keel is probably not at the top of your to-do list right at this point but take a couple of minutes to pre-plan your travel approach as well as your route--it's certainly of great benefit.

If the moving company has packed and loaded everything, and a multi-day trip is standing between you and the new house in Austin, the dread for the trip is genuine. And it may seem like the simplest course of action is to load up on USB chargers to ensure everyone seems to be constantly entertained, and you are free to have a bit of peace and quiet and NPR. That's the simple way, but who said life was supposed to be easy? Get some maps, activities, coloring books, crayons, and load up your cell phone with road trip songs--this is mostly a generation that's grown up on "Baby Shark" and needs to learn "John Jacob Jingleheimerwhatever".

Planning Your Path to Austin

Get real paper atlases for your children and teach them the way to look at the symbols and pick out the rivers, streets, state borders, and so forth. Ask them to find entertaining things to do--"points of interest"--along the path and have everybody find one particular tourist trap along the way, or one each day you're traveling. If you're traveling with pets, this is the opportunity to get them out and moving some through the day.

Car Activities

Children and teenagers nowadays. They're so wrapped up in Snapchat and YouTube they may have overlooked the thrill of car activities. If you're unable to recollect any, or you hated them as a child and did not pay attention, have a go at these. You just need your creativity for such classic favorites. You and your spouse can begin all the games till there is total buy-in.

· Name Game--list a name. The next individual must think of a name whose first letter is the last letter of your name--George--Ellen--Nathaniel. You can create your very own rules pertaining to nicknames and diminutives, dependant upon your kids' age range as well as overall inclination regarding hand to hand hostilities. Proper names, places, vehicles--anything goes here.

· Punch Buggy--have fun with this one when you can, given that Volkswagen is stopping assembly on the Bug. When you see one, you holler the color in addition to punch buggy--"orange punch buggy" and then--quickly say--"no punch backs". The victor subsequently can SOFTLY poke sisters and brothers in the arm--with zero retaliatory punch backs.

· Grandma Left for London--there are lots of titles for this game, nonetheless fundamentally, you commence with "Grandma left for London and she packed ......" The next person states the same thing and adds a second item, and so forth. It is better to go alphabetically to get past the 3rd round.

· I Spy--simple enough, just one tip. The item you spy has to be in the car.

· My Cows--or signs, or bridges. Pick the thing, and whoever spots it first receives the points. If you are going through a non-urban region and see actual livestock, make sure you count swiftly.

Sing Tunes

Put family-friendly, fun to sing music on your device, and show the children the fun of the aforementioned John Jacob. Allow them to coach you on tunes they've learned, also--but only one Baby Shark per journey. Or Mommy's travelling to London with an empty suitcase.

Audiobooks

Lengthy times in the vehicle are generally monotonous, and nobody wants to be constantly entertained. Listen to audiobooks--pick books you are all familiar with, therefore if somebody dozes off they don't miss something. Nothing can beat Harry Potter for road trip listening.

Avoid being the mean parents and hinder all of their technology but do attempt to reduce it by offering other activities to do. Too much screen time will make us all a tad dialed out and grouchy, and this is not the time to encourage the grouchies. In no time, the professional movers in Austin will likely be unloading the truck and you'll be in the midst of unpacking your new residence. The youngsters can getaway to their new spaces and never be seen again. Take this time to push a bit of old-school entertainment on them--years from now, these will likely be happy memories.

 

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