Trip Planning: The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang way.
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If you are like me you grew up watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The amazing racing car turned flying family adventure complete with Neuschwanstein castle. So when I heard that David Tennant voiced the new book trilogy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Rides Again I was hooked.
Thus, our family was introduced to the Tootings. A typical English family with one major not problem, their dad just lost his job. So what are the Tootings to do? They pull out an old map and pick all the places in the world they want to visit. The map was an award given to dad for being punctual to school. I wish they gave out punctuality awards at school here! That would be such a cool thing to be awarded.
Sadly, old maps and awards to timeliness are in short supply these days. So are affordable family adventures for the newly unemployed. That didn’t stop the Tootings. A small or even nonexistent budget shouldn’t stop you, either!
Taking the book’s formula for adventure, and minusing out one flying car (if everyone owned a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang she wouldn’t be special, now would she?), you too can create a unique family adventure using the following steps.
- Find an old map of the area you want to visit. This can be from a book, travel guide, old road map, pretty much anywhere you like as long as it’s a map.
- Have each member of the family pick a destination on the map for the trip. The only limit should be the map itself. How to get there will come in the next step.
- Determine the best mode of transportation. Does your route include over land or over sea travel? Check out all options: boats, planes, trains, and automobiles available in your trip area. Be sure to include all stops for each of the families destinations.
- Route it out! Pick which of the desired destinations you will be going to first. In Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the family followed the path of Mom’s choice, then the children’s choice, then last of all Dad for their trip.
- Pick the sites. Each family member had a place and a thing in that place they wanted to see. So don’t forget to budget what it would cost to be in those places.
- Go! There is nothing stopping you. Get the family together and start planning your adventure!
*Be sure to check out the new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang trilogy. They are great audiobooks for road trips!
We did this with my family over the holiday weekend and had a blast!
Post comments of your own adventures below.