There are two things that very specifically prohibit longer distance family travel for our family:
Cost of airplane tickets.
Car rides that take up too much travel time.
Now, the first is one that we can’t do much about. It costs money to travel on a plane and with both kids now outside of on-the-lap travel, their tickets only add to the price for us. The second one is something I have tried to work through over the years. I am the driver in our family and through a number of different tricks (really, super early morning departures being one of them and many delicious snacks that nobody else has access to being another) I have managed to get through some longer drives.
One trick I have never had, is cruise control.
This summer we traveled to PEI, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. And we were loaned a Ford Focus to make the drive in. And son of a gun, the car had cruise control.
I didn’t even know how to turn it on at first but it was actually pretty simple. And I am here to tell you now that if you are in the process of looking for a car, and you are someone who travels any distance that takes more than an hour, you need to have cruise control.
Using the cruise control of our Ford Focus we were able to tackle more than 10 hours of driving on our first day which put us in a great position to explore the Canadian provinces we had set out to explore. Having only one super long drive also kept my brain from exploding from kid fights in the backseat.
I am not ashamed of being a 38-year-old who had never experienced the joy that is cruise control. And I am not ashamed to say that this simple feature of the Ford Focus brought me to tears. Oh, it also had air conditioning which our car hasn’t had for years.
So what were some of the things we checked out with all the time we saved on day one?
A clear night sky in Kejimkujik National Park
A night’s stay at the Train Station Inn in Tatamagouche