Some people might think we were crazy or claim that they could never handle it, but we loved it. Before having our third son, we took road trips to Alaska, the Florida Keys, California, Texas, and everywhere in between. We even took a week-long cruise (which they still say is the best vacation we've ever taken.) In fact, our two oldest sons have been to 41 states and 4 countries. Unfortunately, by the time our third son was born, gas prices had skyrocketed and taking road trips was much more expensive. We have taken a couple of trips with him, including a trip to Texas to visit friends, a wedding in Florida, and two trips to Hilton Head.
We have a system and have found ways to travel cheaply. We've even toyed with the idea of writing a book on the subject. Because of the aforementioned gas prices, we have only taken short trips fairly close to home. For the last three years, Spring Break has consisted of an overnight trip to our college town and the next big city, where we could visit some favorite restaurants and stay in a hotel.
On this year's trip, we came to the realization that we are entering into a new phase of family travel. One room with two double or queen beds is just not enough, with a child who is as big as an adult, and another who is fast on his way to that size, not to mention two parents and a five-year old. So, on this year's trip, we got two double rooms with a connecting door. Mom and two kids in one, and Dad and one kid in the other. This is going to make traveling with the whole family a little more expensive, but a little more comfortable than crowding us all in one room.