These days, it can be a challenge to get the whole family together for a few, uninterrupted hours of family bonding time. With busy work schedules, extracurricular activities and everything else that somehow gets in the way, it’s hard for a lot of families to gather even for a simple meal together.

If this sounds familiar, we’ve got a recommendation: plan a family road trip! Time on the road is a great way to get the fam bam together with nothing but a sense of adventure and a thirst for fun!

Let Thrifty plan your next excursion – all you need to do is pack up your tribe and head down to your local Thrifty car rental. Choose your preferred road trip route, your hire car of choice, and you’re on your way. It’s family bonding 101. If you’re not convinced, here are a few other reasons to try out a family road trip:

Getting to know each other

You’re driving in some pretty incredible, yet remote, terrains, there’s no mobile reception, and the snacks are wearing thin. Use this opportunity to talk to each other. Parents can take time to ask about what their children are learning in school, or talk to them about what they’ve seen on the trip so far, and what they hope to see. Set goals, unearth future travel plans, tell jokes, and debate the meaning of life! You get the drill.

To help keep conversation going, and to fill in those gaps between conversation, download our Road Trip Activity Packet full of fun games that will keep the youngsters entertained for hours!

Off the beaten track

Travelling to far-flung, out-of-the-way places together can be a fun way to bond. It is these kinds of shared unique experiences that are treasured. Forget the hustle and bustle of the city for a while, and you’ll come back feeling more relaxed and in tune with your family.

Looking for somewhere undiscovered to take your kids? We’ve got you covered. Check out our article: Off the beaten path: Australia’s best kept secret destinations.

Spending time in the great outdoors

Parents know the importance of getting out more in nature, but it can be a struggle to find meaningful activities that will get the whole family outdoors. Road trips are the perfect way to do just that! Road tripping out to great hiking trails, remote beaches, and camping spots under the stars are just a few of the ways to make it happen and hang out with Mother Nature.  Put the mobile phones and tablets aside for a night or two and spend an evening watching the sunset or building a bonfire by the beach. It’s an experience your youngsters will never forget.

Do a deep dive into Australia’s history

Kids learn a great deal about the history of our nation in school, but how often do they get the chance to go out and see our most historical spots in person? A road trip to one of Australia’s many heritage sites will be an educational experience kids won’t get in the classroom. Consider a road trip to Port Arthur to learn about what life was like for Australia’s first convicts, or embark on an outback road trip to Uluru, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about the culture of Australia’s First Peoples.

Adventure Time

The thirst for adventure can enrich a young person’s life – but wanderlust needs to be nourished early on. A road trip is just the type of adventure that can ignite a spark in your child’s life that sets them on a path of self-discovery and worldliness.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick a day, a weekend, or book that week of leave and choose a road trip for your next family adventure. And don’t forget to let Thrifty take care of it all – with 170 locations around Australia, there’s bound to be a Thrifty car rental not too far from you.

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