My wife and I barely survived our first road trip vacation while driving from Kentucky to Carolina Beach for our honeymoon. We learned everything we didn’t need to know about each other, as a couple, in a day’s time. We obtained instant children when we stopped in Spring Lake to pick up our niece and two nephews.
Appreciate Other’s needs
The first vital fact I learned was that my wife’s bladder is about a quarter the size of mine. It has taken me years of road trips to appreciate the necessity of frequent bathroom stops. I learned, more quickly, that it is critical to have multiple distractions when a social butterfly, my wife, and a hardened introvert, me, are housed in a small car for hours. My silence almost drove her to jump out at 55 MPH! We now bring books on CD, lap top, DVD player with movies and puzzle books; but most importantly I’ve learned to talk more. I still enjoy the quiet while she watches movies.
Guys, it is not true that we hold the titles for having the largest reserves of noxious fumes. They tend to squeak out at the most inopportune times and when left unreported can cause bouts of gagging. Anyone releasing them should give fair warning so windows can be rolled down or the car stopped and promptly vacated and decontaminated.
My wife says that I have habitual chicken-neck syndrome. I tend to sight-see while driving. For the most part I believe I manage the trick fairly well. Rarely do I wander off the road and onto the shoulder while looking the other way. But I do concede the danger of this practice and work hard to curtail it, especially on interstates.
Finally, I don’t recommend instant children for your first road-trip as a couple. Our niece and nephews were a delight, but we didn’t know their needs and had to learn the hard way. The children’s bladders were about the same capacity as my new wife’s and they were not synchronized for the trip. I lost count of how many stops we had to make. When it came time to eat, everyone had a different opinion of the best food. Boisterous debates usually ensued.
Please always keep in mind that the simplest things cause the worst arguments. The minor annoyances are not worth losing your temper over.