Our trip was nothing short of a vacation nightmare. We were preparing for a big overseas move, and in the midst of all that stress, we decided it would be an excellent idea to take a military family vacation back to the Midwest before we leapt across the pond for three years.
The vacation itself was amazing.
But the travel getting to our destination?
Not so much.
Our son was just over a year old at the time, and he wasn’t a big fan of road trips. Okay…he despised road trips. He would scream, and I would sit in the back with him making silly faces and car dancing to help keep him happy.
Here’s the problem.
Much of his unhappiness revolved around a mistake we made. It was rookie parenting at its finest.
We took the trip according to our own adult schedule rather than what he could really handle at the time. We wanted to drive as much as possible over two days so that we could hurry up and get there.
But what we really should’ve done is take it slow.
Stay at a few hotels along the way.
And enjoy the ride.
How to save big on your next military family vacation.
There is a solution here. But first know that when I’m talking about saving big, I’m talking about two things:
- Saving a huge amount of stress and tears
- Saving money while enjoying your trip and having fun
When you prepare your next military family vacation, choose the right hotel. Our family’s go-to choice right now is TownePlace Suites by Marriott.
We are already planning our next road trip vacation when we move to our next duty station. We will start by picking up our vehicle and a few belongings in the Midwest, and then we will travel by vehicle from the Midwest to the East or West Coast to get to our new home.
Instead of rushing across the country, we plan to take it slow and stay at TownePlace Suites as we travel.
The suites are spacious and fully equipped with a kitchen. This is a huge win for our family because we have small kids and eating out is at the very bottom of our fun things to-do list.
There is also free wi-fi and a customizable elfa closet system through their partnership with The Container Store. Each is designed to allow guests to feel more organized during their stay.
There’s hot breakfast, which is another huge savings on both time and money. You don’t have to sit and wait like you do at a typical restaurant. Instead, the breakfast is available at your convenience. And the meal is included in the price of your stay.
My favorite part.
TownePlace Suites just launched a partnership with Weber Grill. This means you can now head out to their patios and grill your meal outside while the kids run around.
This offers a huge stress relief for our family, and the Weber Grill turned TownePlace Suites into my husband’s dream hotel. It feels like home and that makes everyone happy.
Our next road trip.
On our last major road trip, we only had our son. Now, we have a daughter now too, and she’s not a huge fan of the car either. Two kids screaming in unison for hours on end is not my idea of a good time. Which only means one thing.
A road trip with multiple stops and overnight stays at TownePlace Suites along the way is absolutely in our future.
As you prepare for your next military family vacation, learn more about TownePlace Suites here.
This is a sponsored conversation between TownePlace Suites and myself. All opinions and text are my own.
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