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Family vacations can prove to be costly and time-consuming, but they are truly worth every penny. When I was married, I made sure that our family took at least one vacation a year. I'm talking big, week-long, go somewhere fantastic vacation. Now that I'm divorced, I don't have that luxury, but you better believe I am doing all I can to plan for the next vacation I can take as soon as I possibly can. Why? Why is taking a family vacation so vital to me?
For starters, family vacations provide your family a chance to disconnect from everyday life and reconnect with each other. There's no work to be done, phone calls to take (leave your cell phone at the hotel), and no unexpected neighbors stopping by just to chat. You have your family all to yourself, and you need to make the most of it. Family vacations are a great time to find out what is happening in your family's life and heart. I know it may sound corny, but the busyness of everyone's daily tasks can take its toll on your family. Use this time to invest in your family and find out what you've missed.
Educational experiences. Visiting a state or country you've never been to can give you a new appreciation for different cultures and landscapes. If you live in a large city up north, chances are good your children would be amazed by an airboat ride in the Everglades, or photographing wildlife in the desert. Think outside the theme park box, and dream up an adventure that will stick out in your family will never forget. Not to say that theme parks aren't great vacation locations, but be sure to mix it up.
Family vacations can also be a great way to gather members of your family that you don't get to see often. If you plan a vacation well in advance, you can invite the in-laws, grandparents, and possibly even use your vacation as a mini family reunion. Assuming you get along well with the people you ask, you are bound to have a great time catching up with family members that live far away. Try to plan your vacation in a place that is in a central location for everyone.
If all of those reasons aren't enough for you to consider giving everyone a break. Life can get crazy and hectic so relax and live a little. Everyone deserves a break from time to time, so do yourself and your family a favor and give them one! Make sure you have a day or two planned out just to kick back and take everything in, and by everything, I mean nothing. Go to the pool, sit on a dock, lay under the stars. Just stop for a while and enjoy not having any responsibilities.
Are family vacations important to you? I would love to hear about some of your favorite family vacation memories!
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