We know, we know: Few trips sound less relaxing than packing your kids into the car for a long drive. But the family road trip has one major benefit that many other trips can’t match: You set your own schedule, stick to your own itinerary, and can change your plans whenever you want. Do the kids want to stay an extra day to see that children’s museum again? No problem. Do you want to switch your hotel plans at the last minute? Just make a call. Decided you want to come home a day early – or stay a day longer? You have no plane tickets to rebook. It’s the ultimate in planning flexibility – plus, if you have older teens, you can share driving duties with them (assuming, of course, you find it relaxing to have your teen at the wheel).