It’s getting closer to the time when many families in North America do family vacations. The kids will be out of school soon, and the weather is starting to warm up. (Though my brother in Wyoming keeps complaining about snow still!)
Maybe you don’t want to go on a family vacation. Or maybe you’re still trying to decide if you should.
If you can’t decide whether or not to do a family vacation this year, here are some signs to tell you that it’s a good idea.
You might need a family vacation if …
1. You daydream about a vacation and have nightmares about work.
If this is the case, it is time to get away. Getting away doesn’t even have to mean spending lots of money, but it does mean just that - getting AWAY from the stresses of work. I’m generally more productive and focused when I have had breaks. Work hard and play hard. That’s one of our family mottos.
2. You’ve saved up the money, and you just haven’t taken the time off.
If you can afford it, you definitely should take the time off. Family vacations are worth it, especially when you know you’ve saved adequately. If you haven’t been saving, you can still plan a fun, affordable family vacation. Request your vacation time at work before it’s too late.
3. You can’t remember the last time you took a road trip or got on an airplane.
If your family doesn’t know what it looks like beyond the circumference of your home, church, work, and school, see if there is a way to expand their worldview a bit. Whether you drive or fly this summer, try to get a unique look at the world beyond yourself.
4. Your children don’t know what the word vacation means.
Even if it’s nothing extravagant, show your children that spending time away from the normal routine is important. A “vacation” could even be camping in your own backyard together!
5. You can’t remember your spouse or children’s names.
Spending time with family is priceless and irreplaceable. There’s no better way to spend time together than getting away and making some memories together. There are lots of ways to have an amazing family vacation. Start now and make vacationing a new family tradition.
Fortunately, I’m not having nightmares, I’ve saved up some money, I remember my last flight, my children ask about vacations, I remember my husband’s name, and I generally call all 3 children by the correct name, However, I’m still excited about our upcoming family vacation to Sydney, Australia next month. I’m ready to make some new memories.
What’s keeping you from going on your next family vacation? Do you need one?