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Tips for Creating Family Memories ~ #LetsGoPlaces


You too can create family memories and it's much easier than you think, especially when you have the all new 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid on your side.


Family is the most important thing to me, however as almost all families, we don't always see eye to eye. However, for the past couple of years, it just seem like we were getting further and further apart. With my oldest away at college, my sons in High School and Junior High respectively, and a pre-schooler heading into Kindergarten, getting them all together and doing something that everyone enjoys can be tough. This year we decided to take a family vacation together and I have three ways on how you can create family memories.


Take a road trip together
Road trips can be amazing and a great way to reconnect with the entire family. Pick a place on the map together as a family and decide to make the drive. We've shared many tips on how to take that family road trip together and make it enjoyable. The 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid with seating for 5 and exceptional fuel economy is the perfect vehicle for those road trips. There is great storage space to hold all your luggage and with the standard Toyota safety sense features such as pre-collision braking, lane departure alert and blind spot indicators makes it perfect to keep your family safe while on the road. (For the seat belt police, in the photo below Mikael doesn't have his seatbelt on because we were parked and on our way out of the car.)



Do something you've never done before
You've made it to your destination, how about doing something that you've never done before? Try a shot at bungee jumping or maybe even go sky diving. For those afraid to take the risk of jumping off a bridge or out of a plane, there are indoor sky diving that the family can enjoy. If you made it to the Everglades, take a ride on the swamp while looking for gators. Eat at a new restaurant that's not in your city and try something new from the menu. There's a plethora of things that you can do, just do it!


Don't Forget the Camera
While you're creating memories together as a family, don't forget the camera, and it doesn't have to be an expensive DSLR. Almost everyone has their cell phone with them, and cell phones have been known to take amazing photos. (The following photo was taken with the iPhone 6S.) Each member of the family can take shots so that you can have a different perspective, what they might see, you may not. Take photos to preserve those memories and think about making a photo book to commemorate your trip together.


The 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid
I was able to test drive the new 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid for two weeks while in Orlando, Florida, and as with all new Toyota models, comes with all safety features standard. With the price of gas fluctuating, it felt good knowing that I could go for very long distances on just 1 tank of gas. The Rav4 Hybrid, according to the EPA gets 32 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway, which is generally unheard of in an SUV.


With all the thunderstorms we had while in Orlando, I never had to worry about adjusting my windshield wipers as the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid came with auto sensing wipers. Makes for safe driving in heavy rain, along with the auto high beams which is standard as well.  All wheel drive is also standard in the 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, so if that is something that you require, then Toyota has you covered.

I am not a Nascar driver, and not so sure it's possible on the highway in Orlando, where the traffic was almost always bumper to bumper. However, whenever we were able to go over 40 mph, the Rav4 Hybrid handled extremely well. The ride was smooth and comfortable and braking was effortless.


I have driven the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, so was quite familiar with the new safety features. I can't tell you how many near misses I have had with people not seeing me in their blind spot, or with me not seeing someone. The blind-spot indicators which come standard is all new Toyota models is something that I am just loving. The lane departure alert can be taken on/off, but why would you want to take it off?


Here's another feature that I just LOVED about the 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid. See those 3 passengers in the photo above with their seat belts? They represent your backseat companions. If there was someone sitting in a seat it will light up red and will beep until their seatbelt was on. This is perfect for those passengers who think that they don't need their seat belts on while riding in the back.


I was truly impressed by the 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid. The excellent handling, the amazing gas usage and the safety features that are all standard and needed, especially when you have a family. So create some memories with your own family and give the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid a test drive today.

Keep up with all Toyota has to offer via their website and social media pages.



Annmarie John
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  1. Don't know all that much about this car as my dad worked for GM back in the day so I pretty much stuck to GM made then and now I am a Jeep girl here. But will have to see if I can find out more now when I am int he market for a newer car. Also, great vacation tips and hoping to take a family road trip before the summer is over here. So will keep these tips in mind now. Thanks :)

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  2. I had no idea the Rav4 came in a hybrid version. I have always loved the Rav4 because of the way it looked. Here in NY, you don't want too big of a car and this is perfect for me. I think I might have to go into the Toyota shop and go for a test drive. I love those standard safety features that you don't have to pay "extra" for. I personally think those features should be standard anyway! BTW I'm so happy to hear that you had a lot of fun on your vacation.

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  3. You know me! I will never forget my camera. I think taking road trips together is so special. Especially when we do something we've never done, or go somewhere that the four of us have never been.
    I'm definitely wondering about our next car because the minivan is getting old. We both have had Toyotas throughout our lives.

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  4. Looks like a really nice car! I'm hoping to get a car soon so this was a good post for me to read. Your children are beautiful!

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  5. I'm all about creating memories with my kids. The one thing I've never done (not including driving four hours visiting family) is taken a road trip. And not really sure I would want to take one with my kids! Oh my the bickering!!! But I'm glad you were about to do so in such a fabu vehicle!!

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  6. That sounds awesome honey! The car looks super cool

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  7. This looks like an amazing car! I'll need a new one in a few years so I'll keep this in mind. We'll be doing a mini road trip next month with the kids. I never forget my camera!

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  8. I absolutely adore this! I've never understood why people take a trip and then do the same old thing they always do. Be adventurous!

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  9. That's a nice-looking car! I have a Honda but my parents are Toyota fans. I'm driving the Highlander next month and looking forward to that.

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  10. That is a really nice looking vehicle! It looks like you had a great time on your road trip :)

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  11. Looks like you had an amazing time! I like the purple hair.

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  12. We have a Rav4 that's now 3 years old and we've been talking about trading it in for a new one and saw that the Rav4 Hybrid has gotten great reviews! Now I'm thinking we definitely need it ;)

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  13. We've been thinking about upgrading to the Rav4 Hybrid (our Rav4 is 3 years old now). I've heard such great things and it looks like it's definitely the right next SUV for us!

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  14. Family is absolutely the most important thing! I love your ideas of doing something that you've never done as well as bringing the camera. Both of those are a must in our house! And the rav4- a great car to do all of this in as well!

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  15. When looking for our last vehicle, I was actually looking for a Rav4. I just loved the functionality and look of it. Maybe it's time for me to get one ;)

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  16. These are great tips. My mother absolutely loves Ravs. I think she would fall in love with this car!

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  17. I always love new tips for making memories...because time flies and we want to capture all the memories while we can and while the kids are growing up :)

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  18. A lot of our memories are built around traveling, so I can relate! The RAV4 looks like a great vehicle to get around in. Looks like you are having a fun summer :)

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  19. Nice looking car with great features. We love road trips and doing things we've never done before. Great tips!

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  20. What a brilliant tips! Camera is the most important in a fun trip to capture fun moments. Your rav4 hybrid is look cool and has a lot of amazing features.

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  21. I love to road trip with my family when I was younger it was easier for us to bond in that way. I have a big family and we all had our own thing. Really great pic,btw I love your daughter hair.

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  22. Road trips are so much fun! And I rented Toyota Rav4 Hybrid last month on my trip to South Florida. The ride was very comfortable and there was more leg room for everyone!

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  23. Me and my family always make a plan to have a yearly vacation. It is important to take a break and enjoy each other's company. And oh, that car is so gorgeous!

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  24. What a gorgeous car! I love going on unexpected road trips with the family to make some new memories.

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  25. I love taking road trips! I usually take road trips with my friends. Such good quality time.

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  26. The RAV4 looks very nice. We will be in the market for a new car and the RAV4 was on my radar. I love the Toyota brand because it is built to last as long as you take care of it.

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  27. A road trip sounds so wonderful right now. My husband and I are on an island in Belize that does not allow cars. We've been here for over two months now and we're dying to go to the mainland, rent a car and just take off somewhere.

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  28. What a nice looking car! Love all the features and the color. I would love to have one for our next road trip. :)

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  29. First of all that car look amazing!! I think your family is making amazing memories traveling together!!!

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  30. Awesome tips! I love making memories with our growing family. Especially now that we have a little one on the way. This car is oh so amazing. Need to share this to hubby.

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  31. That's the perfect size car for a family of 4. We have our first family trip scheduled for this month and I'm hoping we have a good time!

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  32. I miss going on family road trips. I guess I will be asking my mom to go on one the next time I come home. I am not sure if this car exists here in Sweden yet, but when we do get a car this sounds like what we will be looking for!

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  33. It's fun to travel especially with the whole family, be able to bond properly and have a quality time. And when It's available here, I will say to my father that this is sounds like what we will be looking for and chose this Toyota RAV4 hybrid verion, Coz' It is right choice for a whole family.

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  34. OMG!Spending time with family will be a lot more awesome with this car. I love going road trips. The thing that you can go anywhere you want and anytime is such a relief. And I know everyone will agree. :)

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  35. I am laughing at the kids in the backseat kids are so funny about taking photos sometimes. This looks like a smooth ride I actually have driven a Toyota before!

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  36. That is a sleek car, and a fun way to make new memories together as a family!

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