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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!

Travels with Mama

travel-road-trip-movie-Plans-Trains-AutomobilesI’m going on a roadtrip, not by myself and not with the whole family. This is where it gets tricky.

This time, I’m taking the oldest (18.5) and a family friend in his early 20s.

“Mama, does he know how we travel?” our other teens (18, 16.5, 14) ask.

“How do we travel?” I echo back to them.

“You know… different….”Road-Trip

They don’t want to say weird.

“Like what?” I press.

So they proceed to give me about 100 examples, some of which I’ll list here. Plus, they suggest they meet with the young guy, who takes all of their advice good-naturedly and chuckles along.

Road-TripHere’s just a snippet of their travel advice when On the Road with Mama:

1.    Be ready w/GPS – especially in this part of the world.
2.    Prepare to move quickly – get in shape now!
3.    Get ready for lectures… in the conference and out!
4.    Have a topic for mealtime conversations. (I insert that I don’t think it will be a problem with a young man who has plenty to talk about.)road-trip-food-2
5.    Eat quickly when necessary–gotta move!
6.    Mama is very organized – certain things go in certain places., like the room key.
7.    Prepare to carry things!  Particularly her things.
8.    Eat when you can!
9.    There will be rest-stops.  They will be brief.
10.    Mama will provide snacks.  Unfortunately, they may be healthy!
packed-car11.    Wear a neckbrace when passing all WalMarts and Dollar Trees when she slams on the brakes! She has lived in other parts of the world and still cannot believe these stores exist.
12.    If you pretend to be awake, but are wearing sunglasses with your mouth open & drooling, Mama will know that you’re asleep!
13.    You get brownie points when you take notes.  Anywhere, anytime.
14.    Mama thinks it’s great… when people think!
15.    Don’t take too long in the bathroom.DSC_0003
16.    Protect all valuables & electronics.
17.    Dress in layers for various temperatures.
18.    Dress nicely–you never know whom you may meet with her.
19.    Be ready to help pack the car.  Yes, her stuff, too.
20.    You may need to know that Petya goes by his regular Russian nickname, his irregular nickname of Hassan, and he has given you a traveling nickname of Habib-!  Long story.
21.      Everything in life is educational.  Everything.

You will never be the same.  She will probably cram three years of activities into one hour.  You will be exhausted.  You may survive to tell about it.  You will be glad you’re an only child.

And have a nice trip!


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