Are you going on vacation? Do you always take the kids? At least once a year my husband I plan a kid free vacation. One of my favorite sayings is “A vacation is with adults a trip is with kids.” Not every vacation we take is to some exotic far away destination. Actually, most of the time we end up traveling about an hour away for more of a staycation. We are very fortunate that both sets of our parents live near by to watch our kids. However, I get not everyone is this fortunate. Maybe you and a friend could swap kids? Tell them you will take their kids for two days and then they could take your kids for two days. What about a babysitter your kids love? Would she be willing to watch the kids overnight? Whilst some parents struggle to embrace the notion of leaving your kids behind, it’s important to remember that they are having fun at home at too and it can be really nice for them to spend with other relatives. We’re already planning to find another exciting trip for next year. We’ve been considering checking out if there are any Cruise deals that we would love to go on. It’s so important not to feel guilty about doing this, enjoy it (you’ve earned it!). There are loads of ways that you can treat yourself though when it comes to enjoying your time on holiday. For example, some people really love using NetJets to make their travelling experience a unique one. Whilst others like to just do something completely different and new. It’s not just about the traveling experience though, you actually have to go to somewhere that you’ll love. The world is a big place, so you have plenty of options. For example, you might decide that you would like to go spend your time in downtown Chicago Crowne Plaza, or perhaps you might just prefer a simple camping trip to help you get away from it all. Whatever you decide you’ll manage it.
Call me crazy but sometimes I dream of sleeping in or eating a hot meal while talking to an adult. Insanity right! When I am at home I am ‘on’ 24/7. Breakfast, play time, lunch, school, carpool, sports, dinner, bath, bedtime, work. The list. never. stops. I find myself getting short with my kids, getting snippy with my husband and just plain worn out. When I am on vacation I can sleep in as long as I want to. No one will wake me up at 6:50 wanting a waffle and milk. Meals- order room service, sit by the pool and have someone serve you drinks and eat dinner out. These things will truly allow you to relax.
2. FIND YOURSELF
Do you ever think to yourself “what do I like?” I find myself cooking meals because I know my kids will eat it and we go to the restaurants they like. I love Chik-Fil-A as much as anyone else, but I also love an amazing steak and fresh steamed veggie served on a warm plate. Is going to to the grocery store with kids your idea of adventure? I love to try something new while on vacation. We have gone snorkeling, paddle boarding, white water rafting and hiking to waterfalls. If your kids are small, you most likely cannot take them on these adventures. Besides, sometimes I don’t want to pack goldfish in my bag!
If you have a spouse or significant other this is your time to reconnect with one another. My husband I just went to Myrtle Beach and Stayed at the Marriott Grande Dunes Resort. We laid out by the pool, ate lunch together and were able to have one on one conversation. There was no one to interrupt us to wipe their rear end mid conversation. Late in the day we took a two mile walk down the beach while talking about our future, bucket list ideas and things we liked as adults. Time away from your kids allows you to reconnect.
If you were going on vacation kid free, where would you go?