After the success of our first road trip to Arizona in 2009, I couldn’t wait to plan another. We decided the flexibility of scheduling, the convenience of packing what we wanted and the advantage of having a car when we arrived made road tripping our travel method of choice. Certainly the kids would say that frequent stops at gas stations to buy treats is equally as important. As strange as it may seem, cost wasn’t really a deciding factor in our decision to take a second road trip. Airfare had definitely gone up in price, but our vehicles had also aged and we decided that we would need to rent a van on this trip. The price of the rental (extra for traveling out of state), gas, hotels and meals while on the road along with the extra days we’d need to take off meant that the price to drive was actually quite comparable to flying. We decided to drive because we loved our previous trip.
This time, more planning was involved. Our destination – Disney Vacation Club (DVC) at Hilton Head Island. We’d been DVC members for several years, but previously had only stayed at Walt Disney World in our home resorts. This year we wanted to try something different.
Never one to shy away from taking our kids out of school, we also make sure that when we travel, they are learning at every opportunity. One of the greatest appeals to the idea of road tripping is that it allows us to see things that we would never see otherwise. And so that’s how this trip from Minnesota to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina came to include stops in Hannibal, & St. Louis, MO; Selma & Montgomery, AL and took us straight through Nashville, TN.