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Why We Refuse to Leave Home for Spring Break

Visiting a popular local attraction during Spring Break

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.

Here are just a few reasons why:

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1. We Live In Florida

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 Real PITA

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.

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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.

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