So Jake and I are back from Florida and settling into non-vacation life. It is difficult to return to the land of the working after such a wonderful vacation! The road trip actually took us much longer than we had initially anticipated, just under 30 hours on the way there, and around 25 hours on the way back. I suppose it was easier on the way back because we knew where we were going and what to expect. Those who have read my previous post “How to Survive a 20+ Hour Road Trip” know that I had many ideas for what to do to make this trip manageable. Some worked, while others fell flat.
We had chosen a specific list of snacks and drinks for good reasons, like caffeine and ones that won’t wear us down. The snacks actually were perfect for the trip and did just as we had hoped! We didn’t have to stop or be tempted by gas station snacks or drinks. We did pack some salami to go with our cheese and crackers on the way home though, that really hit the spot. So I would really recommend our snack list to anyone taking a long trip.
Mostly we just listened and sang to the radio/CD’s, or just talked and laughed. The scenery didn’t really change until southern Florida. It all just looked like highway. So we HAD to keep busy in the car. Jake and I actually loved the scavenger hunt game, and played it both ways! Jake won on the way there and I won the way back. It was the best activity, and we were both very competitive with it. The bets were also a lot of fun. Jake won 3 out of 4, all but the first one to complain. As far as games, we only played the ‘would you rather’ once, and that was it for the games. The scavenger hunt and singing were enough to keep us occupied most of the time, I guess because we liked the idea of winning something.
Stopping to switch drivers fairly frequently came in very handy, every couple of hours or so, depending on when the driver got tired. After around 14 hours or so of driving we did agree to take a 2 hour sleep break for some shut eye, then pressed on. Another way to really recharge after hours on the road was stopping for a real dinner. It was great to think about something other than driving, and look at something other than the road. We didn’t touch our laptop in the car at all, because of the glare, and it was kind of awkward trying to watch a movie in the car, so it wasn’t really practical. We did however, use it in the hotel. There was free wifi, so it was great to look up directions or things to do.
The drive started out pretty strong, with Jake and I pulling our weight equally driving. While we did have a lot of fun, after 15 hours of driving, it got really challenging. It was not easy, but it was worth it. So if you are planning a long drive like this, definitely go in with realistic expectations and planning ahead really helped. I hope these posts about my trip are helpful in your own planning process. If there is something specific you are curious about, or want to tell about your own road trip, please feel free to leave a comment. And don’t worry, I will be writing more posts about my time in Florida!