Get Your Kicks on Route 66: The Ultimate Guide to Road Trips

January 26, 2015
Recently, I went on a road trip from Canada to the US of A. When I was younger, I went on many road trips from one country to the next, and from one province to the next, and so I’d like to think myself as an expert when it comes to big family road trips. This recent trip to New Hampshire provided me with an excellent way to hone my trip skills and  create some new ones to share with you all  (that’s why there was such a delay). So here is a preview of a few tips and tricks that I learned on the trip. To view the rest of them, simply head over to the PDF guide!

Make a List 

Before you even think about driving away into the sunset, you should make a list of anything you may need. Consider the destination and its climate. This list can include anything at all! In fact, I encourage making several categorized lists, such as one for food, one for clothing and one for supplies. While you can’t plan for everything that you may need, you can still be somewhat prepared. Make the list a few days prior to the trip and put everything in its appropriate place. Also, make sure to consult the rest of the voyagers on your road trip.  

Prep Like a  Champ 

Now that you have the list of your supplies, it’s now time to make sure that you and your fellow travelers know the destination and know whatever planned stops that you plan on making. This way, you reduce any unwanted surprises (surprises and driving don’t mix), and everyone can schedule themselves according to plan. If you are doing a road trip with your family and you have a younger sibling or two, make sure that you guys think of ways to keep he or she entertained, so that everyone else can relax as well. If you are going with your friends, create a driving rotation schedule, keep track of who’s paying for the gas and who is going to bring what.

For more information click on the picture below, to be taken to the ultimate printable guide.


Do you enjoy going on road trips?

Happy New Year: My Thoughts on Transitioning From This Year to the Next

January 01, 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I’d like to thank you all for reading Ms. Tiger Lilly throughout the year. I’m really excited for 2015 in general and  I’m looking forward to writing tons of new posts, taking more pictures and hopefully adding a new segment or two. I wish you all the very best this new year, and so here’s to 2015 and all of the new memories we will make, goals we will achieve and people we will meet!

In all honesty, I feel that New Year is a pretty bittersweet day. I love it for all of the excitement that the celebration brings, however, amidst all of this excitement, I can’t help but feel sad that the year and all of its memories--although I will cherish them forever--are officially ending. I hate to get all mushy on you guys, but seeing as I am the type of gal who like long goodbyes, I almost feel that the transition from one year to the next is too abrupt. I used to think that we should have a New Year's Week instead of New Year's Day, in which we ceremoniously burn last year's calendars, hang up a new one, look at a few of last years pictures and write out our resolutions on an old fashioned scroll. But the more I think about it, the more I realize how useless that would truly be.

The whole method of transitioning is a bit like taking off a band-aid. You can either get it over with and rip it off, or you let it soak in some water and gently peel it off. While the second method causes less pain and gives you time to get used to the idea of getting it off, all the waiting around actually gives you enough time to change your mind. On that note, I suppose that that’s why we have a loud, grand countdown until the big moment. The whole ordeal offers a good compromise for those like me, who like to soak their band-aid and those who rip it off. In those ten counts before the big moment, you get just enough time to get prepared to move on. The final count, filled with confetti and cheers is to help you transition and remember that there better things yet to come. So, I hope that you have a smooth transition from one year to the next and that you look forward to as much as I do for all of the new adventures, opportunities and fun times that the year holds in store.

Happy New Year!