A great idea for a father-son weekend idea is a good ol’ fashion road trip and some good ol’ bonding time with your son. The idea of these trips are to provide father and son some time alone, away from the day-to-day grind. Conversations will take place, traditions will be passed on, hugs will be had, and at the end of the father-son road trip you will have an even stronger bond.
Focus on Your Kids, Not the Destination
A extremely important to-do is to spend the quality time with your child. Sometimes it is not about the actual trip itself, it’s about the bonding experience you have with you son. Spending time with my son is an important thing for me. I have three little ones and every so often I take one day to spend with my middle son. A quick road trip you can take with your son for a father-son day is to visit a neighboring town. Luckily enough for us living in Central Texas, a quick one day road trip is not hard for us to do.
One of my favorite father-son memories was a quick trip to catch a minor league baseball team play during the day. The mini-trip we took wasn’t about watching the actual game or the sporting event, it was more about enjoying each others company. We ate hot dogs, popcorn, and lemonade, and our team actually won! But more importantly, it was about spending time, breaking up the week, and our bonding experience.
What not to do on a Father-Son Day
Don’t stress! Plan some father-son activities for the time you are going to be away. Maybe plan a camping trip or some rock climbing adventures if you have older ones that enjoy rock climbing and camping. But don’t stress if everything does not go perfect. Plan a trip to a national park and enjoy the sight seeing. But if it starts to rain or there are elements out of your control just go with it. Don’t stress dad! Remember it’s not about the trip itself, it’s about the father-son time you will be spending with your son.
Everyday we are dreaming about our bucket list and what we have to do achieve our bucket list but don’t let life get in the way. Plan that golfing trip to your favorite golf course. Plan that trip to Las Vegas if you have a son (As long as he’s old enough to attend).
What “Fiascoes” To Do on Purpose
If you have little ones, “get lost” on purpose (When I say get lost, I mean tell the kids you are lost on a road trip but take the scenic route). Don’t worry about getting there on time or having to make it before dark. “Get lost” and enjoy the road and what it has to offer. After a father-son bonding trip, I know that the stories your son will tell won’t be about video games. It will be that you all got lost and found an amazing attraction on the side of the road. Often times we don’t bother sitting down to eat, we will eat at the gas station.
Other times we stumble onto some amazing places to eat. One time when we “got lost” trying to avoid a traffic jam, we came by a town’s main street drive and ended up eating at the best restaurant in town. It was once featured on Diners, Drives, and Dives on the Food Network. Every so often my son likes to tell the story of us getting lost and eating that amazing restaurant.
Talk! With father son travel, a good tip is just to talk. Talk about your day, talk about what’s going on at work or school. Talk about more father son travel ideas. Get to know where he wants to go next. This is your time to open up to your son. Go for it!
Father-Son Travel, Just Let it Be
To sum everything up, there are a ton of father-son travel ideas. Whether it’s a fishing trip, a car show, a road trip, a national park, or Las Vegas, just be there to enjoy the trip with your son. Again, most of the time it is not about the actual trip it self, its about the father-son bonding you all will experience.
I will leave you with this one last story about a trip we took. One day I took both my boys out for the day, and after having lunch I decided to drive to the outskirts of town just for giggles. We actually ended up at a lowrider car show and Danny Trejo was the guest of honor. It was totally out of the blue and just down the road from home. But to this day, my sons always want to do another “boys day.” They always talk about the time we saw the cool cars and eating BBQ at the car show. It was an amazing day. What are you favorite father son weekend ideas?