I partnered with Penguin Random House to offer this giveaway to inspire adventure and creative ideas for road trip fun. Two main points of a great road trip are: A Great Plan and Some Fun Along The Way. One RemakingJune reader will win a little bit of each, plus a Visa gift card to sweeten the deal.
#1 HAVE A PLAN
When it’s just you and your friends, you have more freedom to get in the car and start driving. When you’re dealing with a car of kids as well, a plan is a great idea. You can make the most of your road time and ensure you don’t miss any of the great spots along the way. Fodor’s Travel is the world’s largest publisher of English language travel guides and a leader for 80 years with tourism information. Founder Eugene Fodor was an avid traveler, but he thought the guidebooks available at that time were boring and outdated. He decided to change that by offering guides that were not only entertaining, but also offered practical information like local events, weather patterns, best features of the area, insider perspectives, and much more.
There’s no better way to explore national parks than to hit the road and let’s face it, picking which parks to visit and what scenic routes to take can be overwhelming. Fodor’s National Park Road Trip Itineraries, found on Fodors.com, include the most road-trip worthy adventures to parks across various states. And that’s not all you’ll find – National Parks 101 tells you everything you need to know about planning a trip to the national parks, including booking, budgeting and packing tips; and National Parks Finder helps you find and compare national parks based on activity, region or season. When you use these tools with Fodor’s National Parks of the West, on sale May 10, which includes completely updated coverage of the best sites, dining, and lodging in and around each park, you’re sure to have the best summer trip yet.
For even faster access and help on the go: The Fodor’s online tool which helps you pick your park(s), set road trip itineraries, and more right online.
#2 FUN ON THE ROAD
While you may stop often to enjoy the sights, you’re still going to have lots of time in the car. You need some travel entertainment. One great solution is listening to audiobooks. Families can enjoy the creative journey together over the car speakers, or mom and dad can have some quiet while the kids listen to an engaging story via Bluetooth headphones. Not only are audiobooks entertaining, they also expand vocabulary, teach pronunciation and improve reading comprehension. 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening. Win win!
The Fourteenth Goldfish – Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.
The Call of the Wild – A classic that has remained a favorite for over 100 years. This gripping story follows the adventures of the loyal dog Buck, who is stolen from his comfortable family home and forced into the harsh life of an Alaskan sled dog. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey that ends with his becoming the legendary leader of a wolf pack.
#3 A LITTLE EXTRA FUN MONEY
What’s a road trip without souvenirs? The winner will also receive a $50.00 Visa Gift Card. Balance out the gas bill or treat yourself – no matter what you pick, a little “mad money” is always awesome.
Giveaway ends May 23rd, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET. Open to US addresses only. 18+ at time of entry. Prizing and samples provided, and delivered, by Penguin Random House.