Top 10 Tips for Successful Mother Daughter Road Trips

By Val Boyko • October 27th, 2010

Here are some of the things that made the trip work for both of us. They may not apply to your own mother relationship, but I hope you can relate to some of them!

1. Have a GPS system, even when the navigator has been reading maps all her life, an impartial reference prevents open conflict from both of you needing to be right.
2. Take a picnic basket with you and have picnics. Be flexible and adaptable to unexpected circumstances. Like having picnics in the room when it’s much colder outside than you imagined!
3. Bring wine. Don’t forget a corkscrew.
4. Let go of things outside either of your control. Agree that it’s no one’s fault and never to refer to the fact that the weather is SO cold and the leaves have been blown off the trees in Vermont due to 3 days of rain the previous week.
4. Change direction to meet expectations – head south for warmth and color.
5. Go down dirt roads – there’s an adventure just around the next bend. It isn’t the destination you were anticipating, but it IS an adventure. Fear of the unknown and a new banging noise under the car are bonding experiences!
6. Watch whatever is on the tv. It doesn’t really matter what it is, because at least one of you will fall asleep.
7. Buy top of the range ear plugs. Always handy for international flights later.
8. Roll out your yoga mat knowing it is a physical, mental and spiritual life saver.
9. Go with a sense of humor, and don’t lose it anywhere along the way.
10. Be aware that you are making memories. Be present to every moment that makes you smile. These are precious.


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