What kind of vacationer are you? Are you the type to take several short trips or one long trip? Do you try and squeeze in as much as possible or just relax and enjoy the lack of responsibilities? How do you get MORE out of your vacation?
My husband works full time while I stay home with our 3 children ages 4, 2 and 10 months. He has a whopping (note the sarcasm in my voice here) 2 weeks off per year. We really have to maximize those two weeks so that he feels like he gets a vacation and feels like he didn’t burn it all at once. We tend to tack on a day or two here or there to a weekend to create a 3 or 4 day weekend rather than burn a whole week at once. We try to really make good use of his vacation days and plan fun family centered trips around them as well as the occasional date getaway. This makes us a “vacation extender”. I am in a category with about a quarter of families.
To really maximize the short one or two night stays that we plan we make sure to savor every moment and not waste the day away! We anticipate the trip and the kids get excited and pumped up for whatever we have planned. Once we are there we really try to keep everyone in a great mood and not get too worked up about anything. It’s about having fun and if we fight the whole time over silly little things then all you have to look back on is the fighting. I’ve really found that focusing on getting along and not sweating the small stuff while traveling with small children is a must. It’s easy to let the little stuff get to me and by focusing on NOT letting it get to me I have a much more enjoyable time.
For our next getaway I really want to have a fun trip for the whole family. Something the kids will enjoy and talk about for weeks after our return. I see family bonding time in our future With three kids 4 and under you really have to get creative with your vacation time to make sure it is something everyone will enjoy and that is age appropriate for all.
When looking for an ideal place to stay during our vacation I found Parents Magazine’s 10 Best Hotel
*I wrote this review while participating in an Ambassador Program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Embassy Suites Hotels and received a one-night complimentary stay at an Embassy Suites Hotel to facilitate my reviews and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.