I love traditions. One of my favorite family traditions is the road trip I take with my two teenagers and a couple of their friends every summer. That’s when I load up the minivan with these four teenage girls, and all their “necessities” and we hit the open road looking for adventure — and plenty of Hampton Inn waffles and takeout pizza.
Nothing changes you like travel does. I know, because after 26 years of suburban stability, I recently sold my house, pulled up my stakes and hit the road. I’m a different person because of it.
About halfway through a 3,755-mile road trip from Orlando to Seattle, I had a little reality check. It happened a few minutes into an hour-long interview with an NPR show in Madison, Wis., when the topic swerved toward unruly kids in a car.
It’s the little things that inflict big headaches when you’re driving during the summer, like poor road conditions, cellular dead spots and pretty much anything to do with bathrooms.
So what if the motorcycle rumbles like a purring cougar with smoker’s voice? Anyone got a problem with that?
With the busy summer travel season now in full swing, you probably expect the predictable “how to travel this summer” story. Not this year.
More than a year in advance, Nancy Barnby secures her lodging inside the direct path of the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse viewing area in Oregon. Now she needs our help because that hotel has changed hands and her reservation has been summarily discarded by the new owner. With just weeks left before the eclipse, is there any way to save her celestial experience?
It isn’t too soon to think about what you’ll be driving this summer. For Alan Monaco, that’s an easy decision: He and his wife, Stephanie, will take their GMC Yukon Denali to the Jersey Shore.
The Trans-Canada Highway stretches nearly 5,000 miles and crosses six time zones. If you’re in a rush, you can probably drive it in a week. But add a temperamental SUV, two working parents and three school-age kids, and it turns into a month-long adventure.
What just happened? A few years ago, self-driving vehicles were science fiction, but today, you can hail an Uber self-driving Volvo in Pittsburgh.
You don’t have to be a futurist to connect the dots. Once autonomous driving technology is proven, it’ll be in every car. It’s not hard to imagine that motorists will soon secure sizable insurance discounts for letting the onboard computer do all the driving.
I made the trek from Washington to Phoenix on Saturday with a puppy in tow, and the signs of peak travel season were already apparent. My flight was completely full, the airport was crowded and the lines were long (which is another reason you should strongly consider TSA PreCheck).
Hit the road early if you want to avoid Labor Day traffic. That’s time-tested travel advice with little scientific backing
It happened just after sunrise a few weeks ago, as we navigated a narrow two-lane highway between Santa Fe and Santa Rosa, N.M., in our family sedan.
Spend a little time driving America’s Interstate highways, and you’ll get to know all the characters that make their homes on the road.
This is Pollux, our Bengal cat. We would take him on our road trip if we could, but it’s just not practical.
We’re headed north.