Are you going on a family road trip this summer?
Whether you’re traveling a long distance or taking a short weekend getaway, road trips are a great opportunity to turn off your mobile devices and have meaningful conversations with your family.
Instead of engaging in everyday small talk, try these conversation-starting questions to get your family talking and laughing during your travels. They will help you learn about each other’s passions, goals and favorite memories.
1. What was your favorite family vacation?
If you’ve ever taken a family vacation, you know how unforgettable some of them are. Since you’re already traveling with your family, why not ask to share their favorite family vacation and why? Was it a family camping trip? Or maybe a vacation to the beach? What made this trip so memorable?
This question helps remind us about the fun times spent together as a family and helps us relive some of these shared moments.
2. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
We all have that one occupation we’ve wanted to do since we were young. Maybe it was a fireman or a dentist, or even the president of the United States. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
Although you may feel like your answer to this question is unrealistic, it’s still a fun conversation starter that can lead to discussions about each other’s life goals and dreams.
3. What was the most fun birthday celebration you’ve ever had and why?
Is there a specific birthday you enjoyed the most? Maybe you have fond memories of your teenage years. Or perhaps, your last birthday was your favorite.
Whatever it may be, this question makes us think back through the years and reflect on how far we’ve come and the accomplishments we’ve achieved.
To help others relive these moments you share, think about the location of the celebration, the gifts you received and the people that attended. This can help other family members who may not have been present visualize the memories.
4. What’s one thing you know now that you wish you would’ve known when you were younger?
We’ve all heard the saying “hindsight is 20/20.” Look back at a situation or event with a clearer understanding, and think about how it could have been done better. Is there some advice you wish you would’ve had? Consider life events like the your first day of high school or applying to your first job.
By asking this question, you get a sense of one’s perspective on the experience and how they feel about it years later. It also lets you see how each other has grown from their life experiences.
5. If you could take a trip anywhere, where would you go and why?
As you travel to your destination with your family, why not spend some time talking about the one place you’ve always wanted to visit? From international trips to bucket list trips like visiting the Grand Canyon, we’ve all dreamed of going somewhere since we were young.
While you might feel like you’ll never be in a position to embark on that adventure, it’s still a fun way to have important conversations about each other’s aspirations. You may share the same dream vacation as one of your family members that inspires the next family road trip.
Conversation Starters for Any Family Event
Looking for more questions and tips to start in-depth discussion with your family? Download Busch's Essential Guide to Meaningful Conversation for tips to initiate conversation, how to be a good listener and more.