There is nothing more rewarding about being on the road than being able to bring your family with you. A couple of weeks ago it was spring break in Texas and we decided this year we would make the most of all of those miles & points.
Over seven days my family and I took planes, trains, UBERs, Metros, subways and did a lot of walking through both Washington, D.C. and NYC. There is also no better way to see how neurotic you have become about traveling than by traveling with a group of people who don’t travel every week. Evidently I travel a bit “differently”.
I am a creature of habit
There is nowhere this is more apparent than in a hotel room. I am the kind of traveler who unpacks the same way, as soon as I get in the hotel room, EVERY TIME!! I do exactly the opposite as soon as I wake up on the last day of my residency at said hotel. To say that my 13 and 15 year old do not follow the same dedication to order would be unwarranted to say the least. We were lucky just to find all of their clothes let alone actually have any of them actually reside in a drawer, on a hanger or even in the suitcase that brought them to the destination. Makes you wonder what the lost and found at a Disney resort must look like!!
Working out while traveling with family is hard!!
And this is from someone whose spouse is dedicated to fitness and health as well. Over the course of the 7 days, I got a grand total of one real workout in (granted, we did average walking over 5 miles a day in these wonderful cities). When I am on the road alone, I have no problem working out late at night or delaying dinner until after a run. It is a must attend event for me, I have recently even found a way to make this happen on The Dreaded Day Trip but for some strange reason, my family actually likes to eat on a regular schedule. Eating at a normal meal time? Huh, who would have figured? Might have to try that sometime.
When traveling with the family, throw the rules out the window
I have a few rules around when I travel. They are the core of my routine when it comes to staying fit while on the road and you can read all about it here . With the exception of ‘See Fruit – Eat Fruit’, I gladly broke every single rule I have made for myself on this trip. One thing I realized is that the rules are selfish when you are traveling with family. They are (purposefully) self-centered because when you are on the road alone or for work, you can afford to be self-centered. In fact I can make a strong argument that YOU SHOULD BE SELF CENTERED ON THESE TRIPS!! When you are on the road with family though, it is time to be others-centered. We had a couple of great meals that normally would not be RoadWarriorFit approved. New York pizza slices, sandwiches from chains you can have anywhere, even burgers and fries at The Harlem Shake. For example, let your child drink the melted ice cream and caramel sauce with a straw!!
Some rules are universal
I am fortunate that my boys are finally of an age where they actually will trust me when I say ‘Trust Me – you will want to try this’. We had several great meals on this trip that we could not have had at home (New York City pizza, late night at The Harlem Shake, lobster rolls at Luke’s Lobster in DC) but the one that won hands down was brunch at The Red Rooster in Harlem
OH MY GOD…you have to try this place. Martin Samuelson has completely outdone himself with this new Harlem mainstay. My point here though is not to give you a glowing restaurant recommendation but rather that the experience was the important part. I got to share a phenomenal brunch with the most important people in my life. It was an experience we could not have had at home (and the chocolate French Toast is to die for).
The biggest lesson learned on the trip?
Traveling with others is better than traveling alone. Even though I was not able to enter or exit a room in less than 2 minutes or get a work out in every day or avoided all fried food, the experiences and memories we were able to develop as a family were worth it all. I saw my boys marvel at the NYC skyline, I saw them humbled by the National Mall and astonished at the atrocities of the Holocaust.
Yeah, it was a good trip. Now it is back to the grind and following a bunch of rules. See you on the road.