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If you have a vacation itinerary, a guide book and have researched more than three days for your upcoming vacation, you need to calm down.
I get it, you’re in a new place, you have a limited amount of time, and you want to go and see and do as much as you can, but if you’ve ever said “I need a vacation to recover from my vacation” then just take a minute and realize how crazy that sounds.
Tell me, what do you remember fondly about being a kid? Do you remember being drug from place to place, walking forever, and being tired as all get out, or do you remember that one night you all sat around a campfire?
That time your family trekked it to yet another zoo or stayed in and swam in the hotel pool all evening, ordered room service and rented a movie?
I bet it’s the second. Why?
Because time together is what your kids crave. Y
eah, you can go stand in line and take another audio tour of some prehistoric rock or whatever, but your kids, and probably you should use vacation to connect, to be together, and just to get to know each other a little better.
Don’t forget to spend a day sitting in the beach on your beach trip. Spend an afternoon sitting in the hotel lobby people watching.
Kids are there for the experience of being together. For the bonding.
And isn’t that what really matters in the long run?
So stop jam packing that itinerary and just see where the day takes you. Plan a nothing day.
Plan a day where you wander aimlessly through a foreign town just to see what happens.
Decide what is important to you, and make that a priority.
Unless it’s Disney. None of this applies if it’s a Disney vacation.
You have to plan those trips months in advance just to be able to eat.