Summertime is the most sacred bonding season for lifestyle and family blogger Manny Ruiz of Papiblogger.com. This past Friday Manny, his wife Angela and their four kids embarked on a majestic 1,400-mile All-American road trip through Utah and Colorado, July 11-21, sponsored by State Farm, Best Western and Toyota.
With this road trip the PapiBlogger clan will eclipse the cumulative 30,000-mile mark for driving, a milestone. “Adding Utah to our collection of states is great because we’ve been to 45 of the 50 states, but the best part of these milestones are the great family memories we get to make because we cherish those for a lifetime,” said Ruiz, who in addition to publishing PapiBlogger is the founder of the Hispanicize platform of companies that includes the Hispanicize 2015 event and the Latina Mom Bloggers network. “We’re very grateful to our sponsors for making this trip possible and especially to State Farm who for the second year in a row is partnering with us as our title sponsor.”
We had the opportunity to speak to Ruiz before his family road trip and he shared, “Ever since 2010 when we did 12,000 miles, 33 states in 46-days it became a family tradition once we did that. We followed that up with a 44-day road trip the next year. It doesn’t feel like a summer without a road trip. We feel very blessed to do it.”
When asked about how much planning was involved before partaking on this journey Ruiz told us “You have to plan and you have to have mental preparation as well. I sit down with my kids every road trip before and I remind them of the three rules. The three things that they should remember throughout the whole road trip which is; every road trip very much like life is about adapt, improvise and overcome. It’s the unofficial mantra of the marines. You have to prepare the family for the unexpected so that everybody can improvise and overcome and adapt as needed.”
To follow PapiBlogger and his family on their road trip Ruiz will be chronicling his family’s exploits daily through the hashtags #RoadProTripTips and #SafeSummer (@PapiBlogger on Instagram and Twitter), on Facebook, on YouTube and, of course, through PapiBlogger.com. He also is partnering with State Farm to host various travel-related challenges and giveaways that include two $150 gift cards, three trunk safety kits and other goodies so stay tuned!