My daughter returned to school this morning after a week off
for Spring Break — during which we chose to stay home. My husband took the week off
from work, so we could spend time together as a family. But we decided months
ago we could not make plans to go anywhere for this vacation.
Thousands of people travel to our state this time of year.
Fortunately, our area is not on the official Spring Break radar. The weather
can be unpredictable here in northeast Florida, and the water is still too
chilly. But our roadways are full of people heading south for vacation, then
north back toward home. Interstate 95 runs through our city and is how many locals
get around. It is one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in the U.S.
I'll pass, thanks. Airfare to just about any destination is inflated this
time of year.
It just makes sense to stay home.
2. Traveling Can Be A
We've enjoyed some wonderful family vacations. But we've
also had our fair share of travel troubles. There was the time I locked
the keys in the car in the middle of nowhere. Also, the trip home when we got a flat
tire before we'd even gotten going.
My daughter and her friend had a blast — and a front-row view of the largest salt-water crocodile in captivity getting in the spring mood, if you catch my meaning.
And any time we hit the road in our
state, we can count on hours of delays due to accidents, construction and the
high volume of travelers. Add to that the fact that we have three cats, a dog, a
fire bellied toad and two goldfish to figure out care for. All that makes me about as
excited for travel as I am an appointment with the dentist.
3. Being A Tourist In
Your Own City Is Fun
One of the things we really enjoy about school breaks is the
ability to play tourist in our hometown. It has a lot to offer, but in the
hustle and bustle of our everyday, we don't always have the opportunity to take
advantage. Enjoying a "staycation" gives us the chance to not only slow down but to engage in activities we have been longing to experience. Last week,
for example, we visited a local alligator farm for the first time. My daughter
and her friend had a blast — and a front-row view of the largest salt-water
crocodile in captivity getting in the spring mood, if you catch my meaning. Thankfully,
they had no idea what was going on.
OK, I could have done without that part. But staying home
for Spring Break is not something I regret.
As far as sun, sand, saltwater, seafood, tropical beverages, relaxation
and the many things people associate with Spring Break? Well, living in Florida
means we have the opportunity to enjoy those things year round.
We'll wait until y'all have gone back home to do so.