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The holiday season has officially begun. My tree is up (sorta), all of my Christmas presents are purchased and wrapped, the Hallmark channel has Christmas movies playing 24/7, Christmas music is at full blast on pretty much every radio station and all of my neighbors have their lights up. I am loving it.
Call me crazy but I even love holiday road trips. I get it, they aren’t for everyone but I love a good road trip any time of the year and when my car is loaded down with family and Christmas presents that just makes it even better.
This year I am doing a lot of holiday traveling! I am going to Ohio with my little brother and his family to see our Grandparents for a long weekend at the beginning of the month and then closer to Christmas I am going down south to spend time and do Christmas with the rest of my extended family. I will also be headed to see family in Hot Springs at some point this month. Like I said, I will have been the road a lot this month (for me anyway)!
Before I head out on any trip big or small I always make sure the oil in my car is changed and it is full. I also wash my car and clean it out really good (especially if other people will be in the car with me). I check my tire pressure and make sure that’s good to go and then I make sure I have everything I need in the car with me…phone chargers, GPS (updated!), trash bags, car scissors (If you don’t carry scissors in your car you aren’t doing it right), neck pillow, dog leash and travel water bowl, etc. And of course I make sure I have a full tank of gas before I head out!
When I actually get on the road I make sure everyone is comfortable, everything I need is within reach and I map out my route. I have been using the Google Maps app on my phone rather than relying on my GPS. I love that it updates in real time and gives you traffic updates. It also tells you where gas stations are, how much gas is there and tells you what food options are nearby!
Now I don’t know about you but I have certain places I like to stop when I’m on the road. I have my favorite gas station chains that I will go out of my way to stop at (well lit, good bathrooms, non-scary places. A single girl traveler needs to know these things!) and of course I have my favorite food options as well.
McDonald’s always has and will always be my favorite place to grab a bite to eat at whether I’m driving around my hometown running errands or traveling across the country. I know when I see those Golden Arches that good food is going to be in my belly soon. I love knowing that no matter where I am when I see a McDonald’s I will get good, quality food and super yummy drinks. I know that a frappe is the same in every state and that a double cheeseburger tastes as good in Arkansas as it does in Ohio.
I also know I can try new and different regional items (like lobster sandwiches in the northeast!!) and that’s always fun! And I know I can get my favorite caffeine fix pretty much anywhere at any time! I have always loved McDonald’s but especially when I’m on a road trip!
Have you tried McDonald’s new Peppermint Mocha or Peppermint Hot Chocolate? They’re perfect for a December road trip! Don’t forget to download the McDonald’s app and when you buy 5 McCafe beverages, you’ll get the 6th FREE!
So if you are traveling near or far this holiday season remember that McDonald’s has your back!
Are you traveling this holiday season??
Do you have a favorite food stop when you are on the road??
McDonald’s is my jam! I stop by there all the time when I’m out and about, and we love to stop there when we road trip.
You can’t beat Mickey D’s! We stop there all the time when we travel. I love their breakfasts and their coffee.
Sarah Bailey says
McDonald’s is a great place to stop and refuel when you are on the road. They really have something for everyone no matter if it is just a drink or a bite to eat as well.
We are traveling this holiday season and we will be stopping at McDonalds more once on this trip! They have everything we need when we on a road trip!
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says
Wow, you are travelling all over! Due to some unforseen circumstances all of our holiday travel is on hold. With all that being said…I happen to love McD’s coffee drinks over the fancy coffee shop on every corner!! WHOA…Yep. Totally true. I was thrilled when they started carrying that Peppermint Mocha!
Bill Sweeney says
McDonald’s is always one of our go-to stops on road trips. It’ fast and convenient. They’ve really made some positive changes with their coffee.
Joely Smith says
The cool thing about hitting up a McDonalds, no matter where you are it’s familiar and you know what to order! It’s just a comfort that way.
Victoria Heckstall says
McDonald’s is one of our favorite fast food chain. And I love the fact that they offer happiness like this during this season. Love this!
Chubskulit Rose says
It’s been a while since we last visited McDonald here in our place. We love their McRib, that’s the only time we go there.
Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says
This is so much fun! It’s awesome to know that they have these lovely beverages especially this cold season! I really can’t wait to taste them all.
Can I just say how many times we have needed scissors in the car? And now I finally keep them in the door pocket – sure enough, we use them all the time!!
I love McDonalds coffee, and it is totally a road-trip must-have. I have been to all the McDonald’s up and down the NYS Thruway and other areas we frequently travel. It’s the worst when we can’t find a McD’s!
My family loves McDonalds, but we don’t go there to often. I love that they always have great holiday drinks this time of year. They’re so great for when you need a quick and cheap meal.
I hadn’t had McDonalds in years until the other day and now I’ve had it like twice in a month. Such a quick and easy road trip stop.
Car Scissors??? I’ve never thought of keeping scissors in my car, but it sounds like a great idea.
I hope you have fun on all of your planned trips over the holidays!!! :)
We aren’t traveling this holiday season. However, I have a lot of family that is traveling and they always arrive here with McDonalds cups!
Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog says
McD’s is was always on our stop growing up whenever we traveled. I hope that you have safe travels and enjoy visiting your family.
Sheena Tatum says
We always grab a coffee from McDonald’s when we head out on a trip. Especially in the winter, you need that cup of joe to keep hustling.
I’m obsessed with their peppermint mochas! They go down well with a McDouble or two
When we are traveling we always know that we will find a McDonald’s along the way where we can have a quick snack and a bathroom break!
Lisa Favre says
When we travel by car, we ALWAYS make a pit stop to McDonald’s! No shame in that. It’s family tradition!
I have tried their Peppermint Hot Chocolate and it was so good! I can’t wait for the next one and then probably, try their Peppermint Mocha too!
The Cubicle Chick says
McD’s is moving on up with their cup game. These are too cute. I love some iced coffee or hot coffee with caramel and cream.
Tim B says
We’re not traveling but it is a busy night with my daughter having dance class and my son basketball practice after school so I’m heading out to McDonalds to pick up dinner for the family tonight. I personally really like the new Mushroom Swiss Melt Signature Crafted Burger.
Cyn Gagen says
I haven’t tried those drinks at McDonalds yet but I really need to. We stop there all the time while on road trips – mostly to get their delicious sweet tea! And we love a McD’s breakfast!
The Gifted Gabber says
McDonald’s is one of our go-to places on road trips! Safe travels!