Here are some tips for a smooth drive home this Chinese New Year.
As the Chinese New Year festivities dawn upon us, families who plan on visiting friends and family in other states or faraway towns will definitely be planning a road trip with their entire troop. And while some families look forward to the long hours on the road, some (especially those with younger kids) dread these journeys.
It’s hard sometimes for young children to stay cooped up in the car for hours. So, it’s only expected that they tend to get cranky. Some also get car sick. To keep these trips as stress-free and as fun as possible for everyone in the vehicle, here are some tips.
Playing “I spy” is probably one of the most popular road trip games out there. But, why not spice it up a little by offering the kids a pair of toy binoculars to make the game more fun? This game has proved to be fun and educational for the entire family. “Spy” on items like car numbers and colours, or state and town names. Or learn the different types of flora and fauna throughout your trip.
For those who don’t know how the game goes, here’s an example; the first person to take their turn on the game will say, “I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with the letter K.” Then, everyone playing the game will try to guess what that item is. It could be a Kingfisher that just flew past your vehicle or a picture of a kitten seen on a book. Whoever who gets the correct answer, will take their turn next and repeat the initial question but with a different letter.
If you’re going to be travelling for many hours, ensure you plan some fun pit stops. If you’re travelling along the highway, plan ahead and check out where the fun Rest and Recreation (R&R) stops are at. Some have play areas for the kids to unwind at; some have everyone’s favourite eateries such as fast food and ice cream parlours.
If you want to be a little more adventurous take the ‘scenic-route’ and use the costal roads. Some of the smaller towns throughout our country have very interesting eateries that are significant to the local town folk. For example, Tanjung Malim in Perak is famous for their massive pao buns filled with various fillings (kaya, red bean etc).
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