In the year 2000, a single father from Chicago, Jeff Siegel, and his seven-year-old son, Spence, embarked on a spur-of-the-moment vacation that took them across the southwestern tier of National Basketball Association arenas.
Shortly thereafter, Jeff and Spence began formulating a grandiose plan: he and Spence would visit every NBA arena — as well as every Major League Baseball park — across the United States. What started as a series of hilarious road games and unexpected detours quickly took on a serious subtext. “Spence and I grew closer than ever,” Jeff beams, “and it all goes back to my secret weapon as a Dad: the open road.”
Since 2011, Jeff has been sharing with everyone how they, too, can use this simple idea to create a stronger relationship with their son or daughter than they ever dreamed possible.
Years later, with Spence now well-established as a professional sportscaster in baseball’s Minor leagues, the bonuses and benefits of this father-son team’s years on the road are even clearer: Both personally and professionally, the rock-solid foundation that was put in place contributed mightily to navigating life’s many twists and turns, ups and downs, triumphs and challenges. It’s an approach that all parents can learn from, and tailor to their own family dynamic.
Meet Jeff Siegel
Americans love their road trips. Families take more than four trips a year. Most will drive to get there, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Author and single dad Jeff Siegel is teaching today’s road warriors how to transform a common road trip into a creative and spontaneous journey that builds lasting bonds with their kids.
In RelationTrips, Siegel provides families with a practical roadmap for building enduring connections and creating trips filled with adventure, imagination, discovery and fun. With energy and enthusiasm, Siegel recounts his experiences traveling with his son Spence, sharing the tips and helpful secrets he’s learned over the years ... to help other families design, plan and implement successful RelationTrips around their own unique hobbies and interests.