How to Cope with the Not-On-Vacation Blues
It’s the end of January and the kids have already had five snow days. We’ve also just had back-to-back 2-hour delays because of an ice storm…gotta love winters in New England! This is the time I start getting vacation fever and daydream about sunshine and sand castles. So, what do you do when you’ve got the not-on-vacation-blues? Here are some ways I cope:
Have a quickie.
Ok…get your mind out of the gutter…I mean a quickie vacation! Plan a weekend getaway and stay in a hotel for a night or two. Pretend you are somewhere far away and swim, order room service, or do absolutely nothing. A change of environment can make all the difference.
St. Martin/ St. Maarten Itinerary
We rarely go to the same destination twice, so when we return somewhere it speaks highly of that place. St Martin is an island where we felt safe exploring, comfortable driving, and loved the variety of activities. The people are so welcoming and love to share their culture with visitors. Since the island is half Dutch and half French, you feel like you’ve traveled to two islands in one trip. Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:
I always spend the first full day enjoying my hotel and spending time in the sun and sand with my family. Enjoy the pool or the beach and soak up all the sunshine!
Lunch: Kali’s Beach Bar. This is a toes-in-the-sand restaurant. Kids can play in the sand while you enjoy a cocktail and wait for your food. Great burgers!
One-On-One Vacations with Kids
Every few trips I decide to bring only one kiddo with me. At first, I thought it would be odd leaving one kid behind, but it has turned out to be an amazing experience for our whole family. These one-on-one trips are something we all look forward to and here’s why:
1. DIFFERENT INTERESTS:
One of my girls is sporty and loves anything active and my other is artsy and loves a creative destination. One vacation is filled with amusement parks, hikes, and trampoline parks and the other with museums, plays, and bookstores.
FORCES ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO DO STUFF:
Did I really want to go back to the indoor waterpark in the morning? Of course not, but I ended up having a great time racing her down the slides.
Let me just pluck some money off my money tree to pay for my next trip. Back to reality… I obviously can’t travel whenever I feel like packing my bags. A good alternative is a STAYCATION. You can save money because you don’t have to worry about needing a plane ticket, booking a hotel room, and renting a car. The key to a fantastic staycation is to deviate from your daily routine. Here are 10 tips to planning a fun staycation:
1. Plan daily activities. Just like you would never go on vacation without plans (well…maybe you would but I would NEVER), it may be best to plan out your days before your staycation starts. What could you do?
OUTDOORS: ice skating, rollerblading, swimming, mini golf, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, biking, zoos, fishing, a day at the beach.
INDOORS: museums, planetariums, movies, trampoline parks, arcades, bowling, paint pottery, indoor water parks,
One reason people sometimes give about why they don’t like to travel is because they hate the feeling of being away from home. Traveling is about the unknown, and that makes some people uncomfortable. The trick is to bring a piece of home to you…wherever you are. Here are 10 tips that may help you cure your cause of homesickness:
1. STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE. If you work out every morning then you should head to the fitness room. If you have a bedtime ritual, don’t’ let being in a hotel stop you. Bring your face wash and makeup removal, read a book, and make some of your favorite herbal tea.
I’ll never forget our
nightmare eventful first morning on our trip to Turks and Caicos. I woke up to the sound of birds chirping and waves crashing as I rolled over and wrapped myself up in our fluffy down comforter. Oh, and did I mention it was a white comforter? When suddenly I noticed my sleepy five-year-old standing by my side lean over and throw up all over our bed. Perfect start to our vacation!
You can’t prevent your kids from being sick or getting hurt, but you can be prepared for these vacation hiccups by packing a few supplies. We’ve seen it all…pneumonia in the Turks, ear infection in Florida, stomach bug in St. Lucia, sliced chin in Grand Cayman, jellyfish sting in Santorini, and countless sunburns. (Holy cow…we’ve had some really bad luck!) I’ve learned to pack for many “what if” situations. Here’s what I always carry on vacation for these occasions:
Bermuda is a gorgeous island and an ideal location from Boston and NY. Quaint downtown areas and white sandy beaches make it a lovely family vacation. Our trip was a Mother’s Day gift and we loved soaking up the sun! Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in the sun:
I always spend the first full day enjoying my hotel and spending time in the sun and sand with my family. Enjoy the pool and the beach and soak up all the sunshine!
If you feel like stretching your legs with an easy stroll with gorgeous views, try the Bermuda Railway Trail. There are 21 miles to walk on this path so choose a section and enjoy. (Click here for a link to the trail)
Dinner: Wahoo’s Waterside Bistro (St. George’s)
Farmer’s markets are something my family waits all winter for. For us, these markets scream SUMMER and all the yummy treats that go with it. It’s a great family activity and a good way to teach your kids about the importance of good nutrition. The following are 10 tips for taking kids to farmer’s markets:
The days of long layovers where you sit back, enjoy a latte, and lose yourself in a good book seem to disappear after you have kids. Layovers are a lot more work when you now have to entertain little ones. In fact, after having kids I try to avoid layovers as much as possible, but sometimes they can’t be avoided. Here are 10 tips for how I survive a layover:
I start to get giddy from the second I begin planning a trip and the closer it get the more excited I get. However, it sometimes takes a bit of nudging to get the kids to show a little enthusiasm. The following are some ways I get my kids excited about our next trip: