For most people, going out on vacations on a regular basis is not a part of the family budget. I can relate to that because honestly, we are the same. There’s budget for food, rent and other costs but to rest in a hotel somewhere and just unwind? That has to wait. But until when? Until we are totally stressed and burnt out? So hubby and I have decided that for this coming year, we have to include “family vacation” in our budget.
Actually, we just enjoyed a 4-night stay at a hotel not so far from our place about a month ago. We greatly enjoyed it and have been so refreshed after that short break. Here’s what I learned about making the most of our family vacays:
1. Make Time. If you we have to look at our schedules, we could not put “vacation” on it. For now we have something going on at work everyday, including weekends. We look at our schedule and we only have Mondays for a day off. So where do we put vacation there? That’s the thing. Plan out for it. Let nothing get in the way once you’ve saved the date.
2. Save up for it. For now, we are still figuring out how much of our income should we save up for a holiday– but for sure we will be saving up for it. And no, it doesn’t have to be the grandest vacation. It doesn’t even have to be that far, too. It could even be in a hotel 20 minutes away. But honestly, there are disadvantages to this, too. Like during our family break, I still went to my English tutorials. It was just a different feeling to be going home to a clean and well-kept room. :) But if possible, go someplace where you could spend uninterrupted time with your family.
3. Get unwired. I know, this is hard especially for someone like me who has online tasks. But mind you, it’s helpful to be unwired sometimes. Just enjoy the moment with your loved ones sans your laptop or gadgets. It doesn’t happen everyday, you know.
4. Plan, but don’t overdo it! If you have figured out where you’re going, it’s great to find out what activities you can enjoy in your vacation destination. It’s something you and the kids could look forward to. It could be anything from caving, skiing, watching the sunset, going to a zoo, etc. But don’t overdo it. Leave some time for just lazily sitting by the beach doing nothing. Bring a book. The kids could do nothing but make sandcastles by the beach. It’s great to explore and not be running on a tight, planned schedule.
5. Have fun! Remember you are on vacation to get refreshed. After a few days you will be back again to your daily schedules beating deadlines. Don’t, don’t , don’t forget to have fun. It’s always great to look back on the memorable moments you spent time with your family getaway and smile. Make your vacation unforgettable. Like I always say, it doesn’t happen everyday!