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When you’re deciding where to go, make it a family decision. Parents should have the majority vote, since it’s your schedule, your time behind the wheel, and your money. But you should involve your children as much as possible, because they’ll enjoy the trip far more if they get to help plan it. We’ve learned how to plan trips, what to pack, and how to save money as we travel. Even more important, we’ve learned how to keep the journey fun, even when days get long and exhausting. We’ve also weathered countless road trip catastrophes. We’ve endured screaming children, vomit, dirty diapers, dead car batteries, flat tires on Oregon mountains, Utah blizzards, and forest fire detours in Colorado. We know how hard it is to pack a car and hit the road. But every time one of our families prepares for a trip, we endure the headaches, the late nights, and the exploding list of labors because we know what’s coming: family time we can really enjoy together.