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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Travel With Kids – Our Secret To Keeping Sane On Long Road Trips

 Sunny Sleevez

I don’t know about yours but sometimes I think my kids believe their sole purpose in life is to disagree with their sibling. Recently my 11 year old, so accustomed is he to taking the opposite view of his sister, actually started to argue with her,  as she was agreeing with him!
Nothing is guaranteed to get them squabbling, like a couple of pundits in front of a camera, like a few hours squashed together in the back of the car as we head off on a vacation.
We used to listen to music in the car but since they graduated from the strains of Raffi’s animal based arias, no one has managed to agree on a single acceptable artist, song or even radio station. 
 SUN SHRUGZ KID
We are not fans of screen based activities in the car because whether its Big Sur or Grand Canyon the places we visit are spectacular and the drive is part of the trip.
They can listen independently to iPods but ear buds get annoying so we ended the grumbling with our secret weapon, audio books and story based podcasts.
Finding something that appeals to 7 year old, 11 year old and 2 grownups would seem tricky but we all agree on the fabulous Douglas Adams “Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy,” with 5 books in the series it’s kept us quietly entertained for many, many hours.  The other huge hit in our family is a series of podcasts called “Welcome to Night Vale” presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale, a town in the desert where all conspiracy theories are real.

 SUN SLEEVES KIDSDuring spring break we drove from LA to Joshua tree, on to Phoenix Arizona, up to Sedona, Grand Canyon and back to LA.
Miles -1400 miles
Hours of driving – 20 hours
Duration – 5 days.
Squabbles – surprisingly few!
Do you listen to audio books or podcasts? Do you have any recommendations for us this summer?

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