As a parent, family vacations are anything but relaxing, quiet, peaceful getaways. On many levels it’s more stressful than just staying at home, but I can’t imagine not going on family vacations. Isn’t this what you sign on for when you decide to have kids? Aren’t crazy family vacations what you talk about and laugh about for decades to come?
I wrote about my Ideal Family Vacation a while back, I was only half joking. While the idea of some kid-free time is wonderful and often very necessary, I can’t imagine not going on at least one vacation a year with my kids.
I came across an article Travel Without Children that was talking about a study done by the website My Voucher Codes where they questioned parents if they would rather take their kids on vacation with them or go alone. 22% of parents said they would rather go alone, 51% said they would rather go with their kids and 27% said they would happily go with their kids, but they would also like a chance to go away without them. I’d be very interested to know if the 22% that said they would rather not take their kids on vacation actually followed through, or if it was just a “wish.”
I would rather do all kinds of things. I would rather live in a mansion on the beach, I would rather be independently wealthy, I would rather eat chocolate and lose weight but that doesn’t mean it happens. So I wonder if these parents are actually never going on vacation with their kids or if that is just wishful thinking?
My parents bought my family season passes to Disney one year and we went fairly often that year. That was about 20 years ago. I still have such great vivid memories of that. That is just one small example of all the wonderful family vacations we went on. I want to build great vacations memories with my kids too. I can’t imagine never taking them on vacation. I can definitely see going on an extra vacation and letting them stay with grandma and granddaddy though!
How about you guys? What are your thoughts about taking the kids on vacation with you? It somehow doesn’t seem right not to take your kids on vacation, but then again, what do I know?
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