Alfonso Ribeiro Shares His Family Road Trip Tips & Tricks

by Bethany Braun-Silva

Alfonso Ribeiro Shares His Family Road Trip Tips & Tricks

According to a recent nationwide survey, over two in five (42%) Americans are planning to take a road trip this Thanksgiving, whether it’s to visit family (72%) or for vacation (22%). And almost half (48%) of Americans are planning a road trip over the winter holidays. We know first hand that parents can use all the help they can get, especially when it comes to holiday travel and so does Hampton by Hilton Hotels. They recently launched the first-ever Hampton Real Travel Road Trip Hotline and enlisted actor and America’s Funniest Videos host, Alfonso Ribeiro to voice the hotline!


Ribeiro offers comedic relief and lighthearted advice to holiday road trippers on everything from car troubles to squabbles with fellow passengers. We also got a chance to talk to him about the partnership with Hampton and his tips for managing his kids while road tripping.


Read on for more!


Tell us why this partnership with Hampton was a fit. As a father of four who frequently road trips, I am no stranger to Real Travel moments, like the kids asking “Are we there yet” on repeat or debating who gets to play DJ. That’s why I’ve partnered with the brand to launch the first-ever Hampton Real Travel Road Trip Hotline which launched ahead of the summer road trip season, but travelers are encouraged to call 1-866-7-HAMPTON through the end of the year, especially since almost half (48%) of Americans are planning a road trip over the winter holidays.


Those planning to hit the road can call for advice on topics like car game suggestions, what snacks to pack, and of course, help resolving that eternal dispute about who gets to pick the music. This partnership is so much fun for me because there have been many times during my own road trips when a Real Travel hotline offering advice would’ve been helpful. Hampton by Hilton Hotels encourages road trippers to embrace those moments with a positive outlook and sense of humor, making this the perfect fit for me.


What are your tips for families to stay sane during holiday road trips ?The most important thing for me on a road trip is the music and having a great playlist! According to the survey, the most popular type of music to listen to during a road trip is rock, but I’m part of the other portion of road trippers who prefer R&B. I like listening to Boys II Men and Justin Timberlake. Since I frequently road trip with my family, as will a lot of other Americans this upcoming holiday season, I recommend sharing the music responsibility. Take turns with each person playing DJ for a half hour throughout the trip — this way you can rotate around the car to give everyone a chance to listen to their favorite music. This method works well for my family.


Can you recommend any products for families to make road tripping easier? I recommend being prepared with plenty of snacks, especially for a longer road trip! Cookies, trail mix and avocado chips are some of my family’s go-to favorites to keep us full and happy for the duration of the trip.


I recommend staying at a Hampton by Hilton, which provides travelers with high-quality and thoughtfully designed accommodations at a great value. You can fuel up before hitting the road with a Chobani Greek yogurt smoothie or snacks from TREATS, Hampton’s on-property, walk-in shop.


How do you handle cranky or antsy kids in the car? There’s always going to be Real Travel moments on the road, including antsy kids or getting the age-old question “are we there yet” on repeat – I know I’ve experienced that one first-hand. And I’m not alone, as 23% of parents squabble with their kids during road trips. Steer the conversation to something more positive, such as what your kid is looking forward to most once you reach your destination! Especially during the upcoming holidays, my kids are always eager to talk about their favorite foods to eat during Thanksgiving dinner.


When traveling with kids, you may need to be flexible and make spur-of-the-moment decisions. At the start of a trip, my kids are excited and ready to go, and then once we’ve been on the road for a while, they can get restless, and we may have to stop and find a hotel. Luckily, with more than 2,200 hotels across the country, on average, travelers are only 30 minutes away from their next Hampton stay in the U.S. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and free, hot breakfast – my kids’ favorite is the fresh baked-by-guests Belgian waffle, which now come in mini sizes and new flavors including Blueberry, Chocolate, Banana Bread and Cinnamon Roll. They can’t get enough!


Any fun road trip games you can recommend? Keep the kids (and the adults) entertained with some fun car games. Some of my family’s favorites are “I Spy”, “20 Questions” or “Would You Rather?” Or we take some inspiration from the road by playing “The License Plate Game” or having the kids count how many cars of their favorite color they spot along the way.  Road trippers in need of some inspiration can call 1-866-7-HAMPTON for more ideas and details on how we like to play!


Does your family celebrate any Thanksgiving/holiday traditions? For the holidays, we are always traveling, which is why the Real Travel Road Trip Hotline is so helpful, turning Real Travel moments into unforgettable memories! Our most important tradition is always spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. It’s a collective time out from everyone’s daily and weekly schedule to recharge and look around to see people you love and care about, while enjoying one of my favorite meals of the year — Thanksgiving!