Have you ever had one of those days where you wished you could just throw everything you owned into a duffle bag and head to the beach? A family vacation sounds like a wonderful idea right about now and it has taken everything in my being to keep focus on the “here and now”.
Time away is essential for families.
But why? Does it really matter? Should it really be a priority to get away?
When I was growing up,our yearly family vacation looked a lot different then they do now, but I look back on all those family camping trips and long car rides to my grandmothers house with fondness rather than disappointment because even though it was just for a little while, I could forget about my troubles and just enjoy myself.
I’ve heard people make excuses about why they can never take a vacation. When I was first married we didn’t have the money to travel but my husband insists on it and I am forever grateful! At first it was just a weekend away just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary. A few years later we went on a cruise to Hawaii and a couple years after that the two of us snuck away for a wedding in Mexico. As wonderful as it is to go away just the two of us it’s just not the same without the kids so … now we are the ones planning our family vacations and believe you me they look nothing like the ones we went on as kids.
Here are just a few reasons for a family vacation
Rest and relaxation. I find it really easy to get caught up in our daily routine and its really easy to forget to enjoy ourselves. Taking a trip gets the focus off responsibilities and onto those we love most. The laundry can wait!
Strengthen family bonds. This very well may be the last big family vacation we are going on as an family and I am looking forward to spending time together laughing and enjoying each others company.
Change of scenery enhances our mood and uplifts our attitude. Just try to walk though Disney World while angry with someone, or watch a sunset without feeling a sense of peace, or build a sandcastle with a frown on your face. There is just something about being in a new place that brings out a sense of satisfaction.
Create family memories. Memories are powerful. They can spark strong emotions in an instant. Life is hard, dang hard and we need time away so we can drown out the negative with something positive, so we have something to smile about when we look back.
Families benefit from taking trips, whether for the day or for a couple weeks.
How can you plan an outing for your family in the near future?