We were moving from an area of the country that we didn't think we would ever live in again, so we were eager to see some sites. And we did; a full weeks’ worth in fact. We camped half of the time to help cut costs and because it is one of my all-time favorite activities. I love the outdoors, my husband loves sports and we both love to eat so most of our activities revolved around those interests.
We visited museums, savored the views, took dirt and back country roads and a ferry just for the experience.
As fun as it was to see destinations I had always dreamed of, what I enjoyed most during our trip was how our family dynamics changed. All of a sudden all the stress of changing jobs, packing, moving, transferring schools, finding new doctors, etc. melted away and it was just the four of us living in the moment. Even though there were still many stressors, once we got to our new home we were amazed how much better we felt and how we were able to handle the many transitions that come after moving. Our buckets were full again after being depleted and we felt the difference!
Just to be clear, I am not advocating for extravagant vacations. On the contrary, I think simple is best. Just do what you and your family love. Our last couple of vacations have been much less extravagant but no less effective. Last year our vacation was a simple over-nighter with some friends in a cabin.
I believe family vacations should be more than just taking your kids to see cool things, it’s about giving your family time to decompress and remember how much you love and enjoy each other. It is a time to fill your family’s bucket. My advice to you is that the next time you are planning your family vacation, plan to NOT run yourself ragged by trying to do and see everything.
Our family has a goal to consistently have family vacations, no matter how busy life gets or our budget, which allow us to reconnect and fill our family bucket. Hope you will too.
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