We're always hunting for a hotel with a kitchen, but it seems to be a bust for most the the comps this season. We're just going to buy one of the big high end (e.g., $400 keeps ice cold for 10 days brands) coolers and pack/warm everything up. My wife recently bought some... I guess you'd call them... glass tupperware containers so we just pack individual meals for everyone and warm them up in the glass container.Us too! So if we do stay in a hotel we do like the residence inn ones or ones with kitchens. So convenient!
We do the same. I'd rather be in my own space with every comfort from home stowed away in the car than at the mercy, hassle, and expense of the airlines. It also makes for some great together time in the car and fun stops along the way - part of the fun of gymnastics meets for us has always been the mother-daughter road trips! I also think that it helps with overall enjoyment of competing and longevity in the sport when meets are about more than just the gymnastics. Besides cutting down the stress, years later we fondly recall the meets where we took pictures with a famous statue, slept in a tiny house, walked on the beach, stayed to cheer on friends in other sessions, etc.Like the article mentioned, don't be afraid to drive!
Often people are surprised that we drive to meets that are 10 hours away. But we love seeing more of the country, not dealing with airlines, luggage, airports, not dealing with rentals, getting to bring the whole family, and being able to flex our travel schedule as needed.
We’re the opposite! My kids don’t do long journeys well, even with stops so we’ll always fly if possible.Like the article mentioned, don't be afraid to drive!
Often people are surprised that we drive to meets that are 10 hours away. But we love seeing more of the country, not dealing with airlines, luggage, airports, not dealing with rentals, getting to bring the whole family, and being able to flex our travel schedule as needed. After flying this summer and getting stuck in the delay/cancellation nightmare, not ready to deal with that again.
A typical schedule would be leave after work on Thursday or Friday (depending on meet timing), drive 4 or 5 hours, stay the night at a hotel with a kitchen and pool. Sleep in and let the kids relax and play the next morning, get back on the road and finish the trip, in time to get to our destination around check in time.
Another benefit to this is we can bring whatever we can fit in the van with up - so snacks, food, gear, favorite pillows, you name it.