Spending Holidays Away From Family & On The Road
A big part of the holidays for many people can be spending time with family, but not everyone is able to spend these days with their loved ones. Work can be one of the most common reasons many people are not able to be home for the holidays. As a professional truck driver, you may find yourself spending a holiday on the road while your family is across the country at home. During your class A CDL training, you may have been made aware of this possibility but this time of year may feel more challenging than you originally thought.
Tips For Spending Holidays Away From Family
Our New England truck driving school is sharing a few pointers on ways to spend the holidays away from your family and still enjoy this holiday season no matter where you are.
Check Out Local Events
One of the best parts about spending a holiday on the road is that you may now be able to explore new places and cultures. You may have the opportunity to visit a big city, or have the chance to explore small local towns. Both often host some fun holiday events. Instead of staying at a rest stop by yourself, get out there and explore what nearby local areas have to offer.
This is an opportunity to share local traditions you may find across the country with your family and friends at home. Perhaps they may have never heard of or seen a Christmas palm tree in California, or a holiday lobster trap tree in a coastal New England fishing town. If you are from the south where it does not usually snow and you find yourself in the north or west during a white Christmas, this is a fun chance to share the experience with them! Find out ahead of time where you will spend the holiday and look for unique traditions such as the beloved Christmas bonfires near New Orleans, Louisiana, or a candlelit reading of the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” in St. Charles, Missouri.
Set Check-In Times
Holidays away from your family may feel like a challenge, but technology can make this easier. Arrange weekly or daily Facetime/Skype calls with your family at a certain time. This way your family will know when to expect to hear from you, and you will be able to be on break. This can be especially helpful so that children know when to expect to hear from you. Setting up a time to call during or right after dinner can give them something to look forward to and be excited about. It also helps you to feel connected while being miles away.
Get Into the Holiday Spirit
Attitude is everything. Just because you may not be with your family, doesn’t mean you have to be a grinch. The holidays are about more than seeing loved ones; it is also about getting into the holiday spirit. One of the best ways to do this while you are on the road is to listen to your favorite holiday music. You can also go so far as to decorate your truck, if permitted, or wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater while on the road.
Go Gift Shopping
Because you may be traveling around the country, this can be your chance to find some distinctive holiday gifts for your loved ones. Look for fun souvenirs or food that can be stored and travel well and are unique to the area you are passing through. Your family will know that you were thinking of them while you were working and it is also fun for you to see what unique treasures you can find.
Be Flexible & Plan Ahead
Just because you won’t be there for the actual holiday, doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate with your family. Even if you are gone the entire week of Christmas or New Years, you can plan to observe the holiday before or after as your work schedule permits. Try to plan ahead with loved ones so that everyone can make the most of their time together.
While being away from your family during the holidays is a possibility, you can still make the most of it and enjoy it as much as ever. If you are ready to get started on your commercial driver’s license training, let us know. Contact our New England Tractor Trailer Training School to find out more today!
Mike Demars is a 28-year trucking veteran, as well as a graduate of New England Tractor Trailer Training School with well over a million miles logged on the road. Prior to being the Regional Director of Safety & Training for our Connecticut locations, Mike spent over a decade on the road as an owner/operator of a long haul transportation company and previously managed drivers as a Driver Manager and Safety Director. He has achieved the level of Master Instructor and holds his certificate in Collision Avoidance, and is often sought as an industry expert to discuss practices within the field and to testify in transportation and trucking matters.