Know When to Take a Break: When to Put Your Cross-Country Family Lifestyle on Hold

The cross-country family road trip may be going well so far. However, traveling all this time together in a cramped van can be taxing if you’re not careful. Having your mind on the next destination is fun when everyone is feeling perfect, but when moods are low, it can get stressful.

When living the van/RV life with your family, it’s important to read the signals that they are giving you. It might be good sometimes to take a break and to stay in one place for a little while. But when are the signals real and when are you just reading into things? Well, let’s go over some things to look out for that are saying it’s time to put this lifestyle on hold.

1. When Someone Is Suffering from an Addiction

If someone in the RV is suffering from an addiction, it should be easy to tell. You’re living together in a cramped area after all. However, it can be surprisingly hard to pick up on if you’re not aware of the signs. Plus, people with addictions do their best to hide their habits.

This is especially important if you have teens. There may be signs that your teen is hiding an addiction from you. It’s up to you to recognize the signs. Watch their actions and observe if their behaviors have changed since the trip started. Are they showing extreme mood swings that you cannot explain? Are they constantly asking for money? Is your alcohol stash rapidly depleting even though you and your husband haven’t touched it?

If you see these signs, it’s time to stop the trip. The best thing to do if you see your child has become addicted is to take them to a recovery house. Check out resources like to find a recovery center near you. A treatment center takes them out of the lifestyle and habits they were used to and forces them to focus on recovery.

In the meantime, for the rest of your family, find somewhere long-term to park your van and sit tight as they recover.

2. When the Kids Are Really Sick

Kids get sick all the time, and sometimes, you just have to keep going. It would require a lot of stopping if you paused every time they were sick. However, if you notice that they are extremely sick, it is time to put on the brakes.

A serious illness could manifest in a few ways. Maybe you notice that they are throwing up constantly. They could be sleeping excessively, running an extremely high fever, or their complexion is noticeably paler.

With bad bouts of sickness, you just need to keep a close eye on them. Make sure that they are up-to-date on all their vaccines. Also, make sure you have solid health insurance. Don’t be afraid to take them to the hospital if it’s serious.

3. When the Money Is Running Low

Money is fickle. It comes and goes. You won’t always have it. Sometimes, it’s best to pause the trip if the money seems to be draining more quickly than you planned. Regroup, look over income sources, and make sure that you have enough to support your lifestyle. You have kids along for the ride after all.

You want to make sure that you have enough for everyone’s necessities as well as fun activities. To support your family while on the road, try to find a seasonal job or a job you can do online and on-the-go. Once your income sources are stable and sufficient, you can set out again.

Know When to Stay Put

At the end of the day, the RV life is difficult. There are a lot of sacrifices that you’ll have to make. It’s beautiful and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but there are hard parts, too. Keep an eye out and listen to your gut. Taking a break isn’t a bad thing. It could end up being an amazing break.

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