So when presented with the opportunity to take our family of four away on a road trip with Volkswagen’s top-of-the-line SUV, I didn’t hesitate. We could all use a break.
And the break starts early. As opposed to the usual game of packing Tetris I’m used to, the vast interior and 697L boot had room for everything – think two car seats in the back (a capsule and a booster), luggage for four (including bottles, nappies and assorted bub paraphernalia), a bucket of swimmers and wetsuits, a million cameras and computers, a neon pink ukulele, plus two surfboards on the roof.
The surprising swiftness of the ‘chuck it all in’ approach means we have ample time to make a coffee, get some kiddie snacks together and still get on the road with a new FPB (Family Personal Best) of 10am.
Our destination? I needed somewhere that ticked the three Cs: close (less than two hours drive), cheerful (that means sunshine, beach, lots of open space) and comfortable (I’m pretty sure the teething tot isn’t up for pitching her own tent).