Yep, the school holidays have arrived, and for most parents this means they can look forward to a whole lotta “are we there yet?” echoing from the backseat.
But thankfully, one travel expert thinks he holds the key to keeping the kiddies calm and well behaved while venturing out on the road.
Australian Traveller editor Quentin Long shared his best road trip advice on the Today show.
“It comes down to basic planning to start with, make sure you know how far you’re going, you know where you’re going, you know what the stop-off points might be,” Long said, adding that you aim to not push yourself too far with the length of driving.
“I reckon 350ks a day is probably the maximum.”
And no, it doesn’t mean loading the kids up with video games and tablets for the entire holiday — in fact, Long recommends limiting tech to ‘a reward’ and leaving most at home.
To keep the kids happy en route, he suggests investing in some car organisers — and filling them up like a Christmas stocking before a big trip.
“Always go for snacks because if their mouths are full and they’re eating healthy snacks they can’t ask ‘How far is it? When are we going to get there?'”
Long also suggests bringing a picnic blanket for impromptu pit stops, that way you can have a rest while the kids have a run around and expel some of that extra energy.
“Get a good old picnic blanket. Very good if you just want to pull over, if you’ve had enough and you just need to stop for a sec,” he said.
But it was his car challenge for the kids that caught our attention.
“Give the kids five gold coins, and say ‘you can spend them in the next town, and if you’re not well behaved you have to give me a coin back.”
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