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Our Big Texas Roadtrip – November 2012

We try to do a 2 week US road trip annually.  Our mission – to visit all 52 states and eat at the restaurants from the TV show, Man vs Food!  With two kids under 4 this might sound like a crazy undertaking but road trips are good fun.

This year was the turn of Texas.  I have written previous posts on planning road trips and I promise you, with careful preparation, you & the kids will have a great time.

Our route took us:

Hong Kong → Los Angeles → Fort Worth → Dallas → Austin → Lost Pines → San Antonio → Houston → Los Angeles → Hong Kong

I’ll share my thoughts on each of these cities in separate posts but this was truly a road trip to remember

Here are some top tips:

  • Don’t be spontaneous.  Plan your trips well e.g. book hotels and advise on crib/rollaway requirements
  • Get a Sat Nav in your hire car
  • Check when attractions are open.  We drove 30 mins to Sea World San Antonio, only to find out it was closed
  • If you can, book suites in hotels.  You can get reasonably priced 1 bed suites in the cheaper hotel chains.  It is nice to put the kids to bed and then relax in your own room.
  • For jetlag, get your kids on local time asap
  • Try to pack light.  If you are on the move  every few days you will bringing suitcases in & out of your hotel on a regular basis
  • Don’t change locations too quickly. Stay 2-3 nights per destination to allow yourself some relaxation time
  • Limit car journeys to under 5 hours
  • Get a car with an inbuilt DVD player or bring your own
  • Buy/borrw a decent stroller (double if you have 2 or more).  We borrowed this fantastic Graco stroller from a neighbour which carried my toddler and baby comfortably.

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