Our family had fun tonight going on a “Random Road Trip”.
We got the basic idea from a magazine, and then we added our own flair to it:
- Gather the family in your vehicle.
- Agree on how much time to spend driving.
- Start driving. Yep, just start driving!
- Have everyone take turns deciding which way to go.
- Keep going until you have driven the agreed amount of time. Then, continue toward the next major intersection.
- Visit a place nearby that you have never been to before. It could be a restaurant, store, park, or whatever.
- Find your way back home, and enjoy the memory.
For our first trip, we agreed to spend 30 minutes driving to our random destination. That went by quickly, but it was good for a first trip.
For deciding which way to go, the first person decides which way to turn out of the neighborhood. The next person decides whether to go straight, turn left, or turn right at the next major intersection, as indicated by a traffic light or stop sign. Skip any intersections that just have entrances to subdivisions or shopping centers.
For a place to visit, try a local place (like “Gigi’s Pizza”) rather than a chain (like “Pizza Hut”) to keep things interesting. While there, do something different. Share a special meal or snack, get a little memento, or take a picture to remember your trip.
For more fun, perhaps bring some friends along.
For a bonus, take the opportunity to conduct a random act of kindness. For our first trip, our waitress seemed new and stressed, so we tipped her an extra few dollars.
Consider using Foursquare or another GPS-based service to find a place near your random destination. Or, maybe find a geocache in the area. There is plenty of room for variations, depending on what your family enjoys. Have fun!