Spring break season is upon us. My kids are out. My husband is off. Me? I am in the office. Cue big sigh! Just taking one day off and saving up for a couple of extended vacation weeks in the summer. Yes, it’s tough to head to work when everyone else is sleeping in, but I’m also getting a lot done, so I’m pleased. At least that is the story I’m telling myself.
Still … all of this spring break fever got me thinking about family travel. With three relatively young children in our household (ages 7, 5 and 20 months), finding a vacation destination that we will all enjoy is a challenge. Actually, if you can tell me any trip that sounds fun with a 20-month-old sassy toddler, please share.
Maybe we’re homebodies. Maybe we lack an adventurous spirit. And of course, a hefty budget is sometimes required when travelling with three little people. But I do yearn to show my kids the world … or at least a number of cool places in the U.S. Hell, there is a lot to enjoy in California, which is why I keep telling my seven-year-old we have no need to cross state lines yet.
My guess is we’ll schedule some of the bigger vacations when the baby girl is potty-trained, nap-free and able to speak coherently. But we want to hit that sweet spot too when all of the kids still want to travel with us. I’ve heard from older families that eventually the teens would prefer to do their own thing, or they get consumed in activities and your vacations become weekend club soccer trips and dance recitals.
So here is my request … please share your family travel ideas. What trips do you want to take, and when is the right time for kids to experience these destinations?
Maybe my husband and I just need a kick in the pants to plan more trips, so inspire us! Or maybe we are wiser than we think and travel with our young crew is simply a migraine-waiting-to-happen.