Family members should try to get along if they can. If family members argue or don’t feel close, that can make time at home stressful. Your home time should refuel you and make you feel happy. It shouldn’t make you feel anxiety or stress.
If you feel that you and your family members aren’t very close right now, you might consider taking a trip. A travel experience together can sometimes make families feel closer. We’ll discuss that in more detail right now.
You Can Teach Your Teen the Rules of the Road
More experienced individuals often know about obscure laws. For instance, long-time lawyers know Louisiana has a one-year tort claim limitations statute. As a parent, maybe you’ve been driving for many years. You know all the vehicular laws you have to follow as a safe driver. Can you say the same about your child?
If you and your teen feel distant, and you’re not talking like you once did, you might bond over teaching them safe driving. You can do that on your road trip. You might allow your teen to try highway driving if they’ve never done it before. You can encourage them. They might gain self-confidence because of that.
You Can Reconnect with a Spouse or Partner
You might also feel like you should travel because you and your spouse or partner aren’t getting along so well anymore. Maybe you feel you’re growing apart. Perhaps you’re just taking each other for granted.
Traveling together can increase your focus on each other. You won’t have work to distract you. You can tell your coworkers or boss you’re not taking calls or answering text messages or emails. You can say you’re completely off-limits for at least a few days.
While you’re traveling with your partner or spouse, you should remember what attracted you to them in the first place. You might recall all the pleasant times you’ve had together over the years.
You can have a date night when you arrive at your destination. You might have the older kids watch the younger ones in the hotel. You may say they can watch movies and get room service.
Meanwhile, you and your spouse or partner can eat at a romantic restaurant. You might go for a moonlit stroll afterward. That should encourage the reconnection you have been seeking.
You Can Get Away from Screens for a While
While traveling with your family, you might decide you will forbid screen time. You can use your phone if you need its navigational capabilities. Other than that, you will leave it off.
If your kids brought their phones, tablets, or laptops, they can leave those in their bags. You can have a rule in place that you are not checking your social media status or doing any online surfing.
You can engage with each other and the real world more this way. Sometimes, people forget that the digital world is not real. They escape into it too often. If you discourage this behavior while you’re traveling, you’ll all feel more present and you’ll appreciate each other’s feelings more.
You Can See Other Ways that People Live and Let Them Inspire You
Sometimes, if you’ve lived somewhere your whole life, you might feel like that’s the only way people live. You can forget that other cultures exist, and they have their own way of doing things.
If you travel, particularly if you visit an international destination, you might see that other people have different rhythms to their lives. You may see some ways that they live that didn’t occur to you before.
Seeing how other families and cultures interact might inspire you. You may decide you’ll make some changes in your life to reflect what you see. Maybe you’ll start enjoying bike riding excursions together when you get home. Perhaps you’ll take family walks or visit interesting sights around your home town.
You Can Each Have a Day You Like
In the spirit of your family reconnecting, you might ask each person what they would most like to do. Then, you can take steps to make that happen for each one of you.
Maybe you have an intellectual in the family. You can visit a museum, or somewhere else they can learn. You might have a sports fanatic among you. If so, you can visit a local sports arena and watch a team play.
You can all appreciate each person’s day. When you allow each family member their own special time, you should remember what you all appreciate most about each other. You can forget any past enmity and start having fun again.
When You Get Back, You Should Feel Better
Sometimes, families live together, but you are like ships passing in the night. You rarely see each other, and when you do, you bury your heads in your phones and have very little in-person interaction. This can happen with kids, parents, or spouses. It can happen to virtually anyone.
If you travel and avoid your screens while you’re intentionally becoming aware of each other again, you might continue this trend when you get back home. You can say you’ll all make a commitment to engage with each other more.
If you can’t travel often because of the expense, you can at least have scheduled family times together from now on. You can have Friday night dinners together. You might have board game nights or movie nights.
By doing this, you make it less likely your family members will drift apart. This can happen in the modern world, and when it does, many times, no one even realizes it for years. You only notice it has happened if someone in your family informs you that they’re unhappy. Perhaps you didn’t realize it because of self-involvement.
Travel can get you all back on the same wavelength. It’s something you can do to encourage closeness if you feel it’s lacking between your immediate family members right now.