The best way to travel with children is to travel slowly. We like to break up our journeys into manageable sections with breaks every hour or two. This way we limit the requisite “Are we there yet?” whining from the back seat. We love to stop at places of interest and so we can all get out and stretch our legs. An added benefit of this kind of travel is the learning that happens along the way. Since our family homeschools with an unschooling philosophy, road trips provide the perfect opportunity for experiential learning.
Our most recent trip was a week in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. Our final destinations was only a three hour drive but we managed to stretch that out to a whole day affair!
Our first stop was a Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. Here we learned about Native Indians, plants, and animals.
We drove for a little while longer and had a picnic at the top of a mountain pass then drove a little more to Christina Lake where we knew of a small hike we could do that would bring us to a look out point over a gorge.
This walk provided the perfect opportunity for us to discuss the power of water and erosion.
When we came across a wild raspberry bush we stopped for a snack. Mike and I used this opportunity t0 discuss foraging, organic produce, purchasing food, and bears!
We could have done this trip with a straight drive, stopping only for lunch, but by breaking it up into smaller chunks with destinations along the way we turned a boring drive into an adventure for the kids and for us!
As an unschooling parent, it is my job to look for learning opportunities and although I don’t do “lessons” we do discuss everything we see and experience. Learning happens all the time if you let it and it doesn’t stop for summer vacations!