How to take a road trip with kids, parents who live on a bus all year round
Traveling on the road with children can be difficult, but taking the advice of this family might make it easier.
Will and Kristin Watson have lived and traveled across the country in a refurbished bus with their almost 3-year-old daughter Roam since April 2019, making them experts at road travel with children.
“It’s important to be realistic,” Kristin told Fox News of parenting on a road trip. “Sometimes we overtake. We’ll be like, ‘Let’s go for this six mile hike’ and wait for Roam to be an angel for a six mile hike… Just be aware that there will likely be slumps in the process at some point. “
“If they need to slow down and go at their own pace, then you have to be realistic and slow down with them and just be compassionate,” added Kristin. “Work with them and they will work with you. Children are very adaptable.… They want to do the things that you do.”
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Another thing that can help with these “slumps” is an entertainment kit, which the Watson’s always have on hand when traveling.
Kristin told Fox that theirs had toys Roam can play with in his car seat, coloring books, and, as a last resort, an iPad for when “nothing else is working.”
“Usually before we do that, we’ll give her some snacks,” Kristin said. “Snacks are a must.”
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Kristin said they schedule their driving around Roam’s nap time, “that way at least an hour of travel will allow him to take a nap.”
The family also limits their driving time to a maximum of four hours.
“We stop a few times during those four hours to go out and stretch our legs, eat snacks and run, and things like that.” Kristine said.
She added, “You just have to go slow, enjoy the trip, and that’s what it is with the kids. You’re going to be working around them.”
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Kristin said Roam was actually “pretty good” – although, of course, she’s used to traveling now.
“We moved on the bus when she was 6 months old, so she really doesn’t know anything different,” Kristin said. “This is her whole life, and she is a very happy, very good, intelligent child. We have no complaints.”
“In fact, we always tell people that we think it’s harder to have a child in a house,” Kristin added, saying that every time they visit friends or family, they still looking for Roam.
“She can’t hide us on the bus, so it’s easier to live in a tiny space with a baby,” Kristin said.
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If you want some advice on where to travel with your kids, here are some places the Watson recommends.
Casey, Illinois is famous for being home to 12 of the world’s greatest things – including the world’s largest rocking chair – and other “great things,” according to the city’s website.
“Roam had a lot of fun there,” Kristin said. “We also had a lot of fun there. It was a really cool little town.”
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Cave City, Kentucky
Cave City, Kentucky, is best known for being close to Mammoth Cave National Park, which has “53,000 acres of nature reserve and the longest cave system in the world with over 4,000 miles of passages and 400 miles of mapped passages.” , according to the city’s website.
Kristin said it also offers “a lot of really cool outdoor activities,” like horseback riding, kayaking and a zipline park.
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National parks in the west
Will said that when they are out west the family will go to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and Glacier National Park in Montana where they will spend a lot of time outdoors.
“The nice thing about this is that there are dedicated swimming areas and places where we can all spend time in the water as a family,” Will said. “These are a lot of our favorite little things that we can do that don’t really cost any money.”
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Ultimately, Kristin said the destination didn’t matter.
“We operate anywhere,” she said. “We went to Chicago… with Roam, and we walked around and did all the things in Chicago and she loved it. Most places have parks, so we always just wade through a park or something. thing for her. “
“That way, we can do the things we want to do, and she can do the things that she wants to do,” added the mother.