Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Buckle Up for Kid-Friendly Road Trips; PETA JOHANSEN Shares a Two-Week Adventure with Her Two Small Travel Companions A[euro][degrees] without Having to Tear Her Hair Out

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Buckle Up for Kid-Friendly Road Trips; PETA JOHANSEN Shares a Two-Week Adventure with Her Two Small Travel Companions A[euro][degrees] without Having to Tear Her Hair Out

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Kid-friendly road trips

TRIPS between destinations shouldn't run longer than two hours a just enough time for a nap or DVD but not to bore children.

Find things to interest children: museums, art galleries, parklands, nature walks, beaches. Most local council websites will list fun, family-friendly activities.

Discuss your itinerary with children so they know what to expect (also handy for reminding them how good behavior will be rewarded).

Holidays present fabulous opportunities to teach your children about things they don't experience in their everyday lives. It also means you'll slow down your own pace to talk about things you know but have probably taken for granted.

I HAD never before taught my children how to make a wish a a monumental oversight, in my opinion.

So when we found ourselves before the Dog On The Tucker Box outside Gundagai, as the first rays of sunlight stroked the countryside in golden hues, this was my chance to teach them.

While both my children latched on to the concept, one was immediate and effervescent in her wish-making, while the other was more considered and deliberate in his approach.

And my wish, to create a family holiday that would long live in their memories, was coming true as I watched them.

Aren't family holidays made of such moments?

We spent 17 days on the road travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne courtesy of JUCY Rentals and its apenthousea campervan: an El Grande that comfortably housed all four of us.

Of course, there was the usual holiday memories a of a stressed-out mummy more focused on two screaming children in the back of the van than watching B-Doubles encroach upon the double lines of the highway.

But for the most part, we were excited about the trip and delighted with our newest member of the family, aJucy Lucya. …

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