In January, we left on a 10 day family vacation. Yes I took my kids out of school for a week and a half. Yes, they were only back at school for 2 days because of Christmas vacation before we left on our trip. Do I regret it? NO!
I’ve been known to take my kids out of school to travel. In the last year and a half, I think I’ve taken them out four times. I read a letter from the school today that said, please schedule vacations around our holidays. While that sounds nice in theory, it Za really work for us.
- Due to his line of work, it’s easier for Zach to get off work when the kids are in school, rather than out.
- It’s cheaper to travel when school is in session…by hundreds of dollars.
I don’t remember traveling when I was growing up. I know I went on a plane when I was about five. We traveled to SLC – my mom and I. I have very vivid memories of that trip. Next plane trip I was 12 and flew to North Dakota to visit family. Again, I have lot of memories and grew up a lot on that trip. We never camped and went on one road trip – as a family.
As I became a teenager, I started to travel on my own or with friends, so it’s not like I’ve never left Colorado.
Last year I realized….I love to travel, and I especially love to travel with my kids. I know that sounds odd…you’ve got more costs, more whining, higher frustrations, different types of activities….but it brings me so much joy.
A year and a half ago, I had the crazy idea to take my two kids on a four day weekend trip on my own to Tennessee. This required airport travel, getting a rental car and driving three hours just to get to our destination and then we had to do the same in reverse. But guess what? They stepped up and were AMAZING! I learned to give a little…I allowed electronics the entire airplane ride, candy was a good distraction for waiting periods. We had an amazing time. We have great memories that we are always taking about. We met new people and had experiences we’d never have at home. We learned to adapt to others way of life and not worry so much about what we wanted, but to be thankful in what we had in that moment. When you travel, you learn things in ways that you never can by staying at home.
And so we travel….A few of the best…
2014, October – Road trip to Las Vegas for a wedding. Comes with great stories of misbehaving cars and people with no compassion.
2015, June – Road trip to Wyoming with the kids and Grandma Betty. This was a year before she died. I have amazing memories of chatting with her about life on the long drive. My kids got to know her heart and meet her family.
2015, July – 18 day road trip to Wyoming, California, Oregon and Washington. We saw so MUCH! Bridges and breads, melted fingers and bats, lavender and snow.
2016, February – Long weekend trip by plane and car to Wisconsin to visit family. Learned about the process for making cheese and how bitter cold the north really is.
2016, October – Long weekend trip by plane and car to Tennessee for Tesni’s 1st birthday. Got to ride horses, go on a boat, Isaac got to drive it, go-carting and learning the basics for hobby farming.
2017, June – Cousin camping with extended family.
2017 – September – Another Wisconsin trip, tacked onto a work trip.
2017, October – Disneyland. The kids first real beach experience with friends who know how to beach day.
2018, January – Houston and Cruise. So many sights…space center, zoo, aquarium, Children’s Museum. Beach days, Mayan ruins, new countries, sea lions, dolphins and so much more.
So far, we don’t have much planned this year. I’m itching and we are only a month out from the last trip. But I seriously love just being with my family and exploring new things…it really doesn’t get any better than that.