It doesn’t matter how old your child is; daycares, preschools, and elementary schools alike all lean into “May-hem,” the last two weeks of school where it’s utter chaos. Even if your summer break begins later in the year, the experience of “May-hem” is universal: dress-up days, themed activities, award ceremonies, spirit nights, pickup parades, field days, gifts for teachers, wonky schedules … the list goes on and on! By the time that final bell rings signaling the end of the school year, we’re all throwing our hands in the air to celebrate.
To counteract the pandemonium of “May-hem,” families in our neighborhood get out of town to celebrate the start of summer break at the beach, where there’s plenty of sunshine and built-in entertainment to satisfy rowdy kiddos with energy to spare. After sitting in classrooms practicing arithmetic and reading skills all year, it’s a nice break where little ones can run around and be wild like the somewhat-feral children they really are.
Despite the excitement of vacation, getting to your destination is another (long) story. In the peach state, where my family lives, the closest ocean beach to Atlanta is about four hours away, making traveling as a family a bit of a challenge. This trek involves lengthy stints on highways and, eventually, one-lane roads that quickly get congested, adding even more time to our estimated arrival.
Like flying, traveling by car as a family requires special planning in order for the journey to be tolerable and successful. Our June road-trip picks anticipate some of the everyday needs that pop up while en route and will (fingers crossed) help your crew arrive at your home-away-from-home with less crying, whining, and stress, so you all can start enjoying the change in scenery—and hopefully a little downtime for the grownups, too.