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Hitting the road with kids

Standin' on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona, is a tribute to The Eagles' hit, Take It Easy.
Standin' on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona, is a tribute to The Eagles' hit, Take It Easy. PHOTOS: PAIGE PARKER
Road signs in between Fort Worth and Amarillo, Texas.
Road signs in between Fort Worth and Amarillo, Texas.PHOTOS: PAIGE PARKER
An aerial view of the turquoise Little Colorado River winding through the Grand Canyon.
An aerial view of the turquoise Little Colorado River winding through the Grand Canyon.PHOTOS: PAIGE PARKER
The writer and her daughters get to grips with King Kong at Madam Tussauds Hollywood.
The writer and her daughters get to grips with King Kong at Madam Tussauds Hollywood.PHOTOS: PAIGE PARKER
(From left) The writer, her daughters and husband with Mr T. Boone Pickens (centre), 91, the last living old-school oil tycoon, who made his fortune as a “wildcatter” – hunting for oil in unproven soil.
(From left) The writer, her daughters and husband with Mr T. Boone Pickens (centre), 91, the last living old-school oil tycoon, who made his fortune as a “wildcatter” – hunting for oil in unproven soil.PHOTOS: PAIGE PARKER
PHOTOS: PAIGE PARKER
 From the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, the writer drove over three weeks, covering 4,790km and crossing cities such as Mobile, Alabama.
From the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, the writer drove over three weeks, covering 4,790km and crossing cities such as Mobile, Alabama.PHOTOS: PAIGE PARKER

A road trip across the United States is an adventure and education for my daughters

My daughters Happy and Bee have grown up in Asia. Since we left New York City for Singapore 12 years ago when Happy was four, and Bee was born here, both girls know little of the United States. The moment Happy suggested driving across the US for her 16th birthday, my husband Jim and I exclaimed, almost in chorus: "Let's go!"

This adventure would offer both education and travel - the two best investments in our minds.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 21, 2019, with the headline 'Hitting the road with kids'. Print Edition | Subscribe