days it feels like all you do is drive the kids to and from school, soccer
practice, after school art classes and music lessons. You can barely get dinner
on the table some nights. Travel seems like a great idea. But do you really
want to deal with the crowds that come along with school breaks? Disney
is packed, the beaches fill up and the ski lift lines feel like they are a mile
long. There has to be a better way.
You heard me, ditch school. Ditch art class, ditch soccer
practice, ditch music lessons. Travel is an important part of every family’s life.
School is important too, but sometimes the best education you can give your
kids is to show them the world.
I’m not telling you to homeschool your kids and take a year off to wander the
globe (Although if you want to do that, by all means do it! It is a dream of
mine, just not a realistic possibility right now.) What I am telling you
to do is to prioritize your family travel time together and figure out how to
travel on the off-season so you can avoid the crowds and travel on a smaller
budget. Here's how:
Pull your kids out of
schools make it difficult to pull your kids out of school for an extended
period of time. Talk to the principal. Talk to your children’s teachers. The
more educational sounding your trip is the better. You aren’t just going to
Europe. No, you are going to explore ancient Roman history in Rome. You are
going to walk the path of great literary novelists of England. You are going to
wander the remains of the Berlin Wall.
Look at what your children are learning
in school. Can you plan a trip around their studies? Educators may be more
willing to make an exception if you have to pull your children out so you can
road trip through the original 13 U.S. colonies to see American history at its source for a week than if you just want to sit by a pool on a cruise of the
Making the most out of
with a great plan presented to your child’s school, you may get a big fat "no." Some school districts are just like that. You should not give up hope on off-season
travel though. Look for more obscure travel holidays like President’s Day and
MLK day. Pull the kids out of school on a Friday and come back on Tuesday so
they don’t miss as much. If you want to travel over spring break, look at discretely
pulling your children out the Friday before so you can leave on Thursday night, or Friday morning ahead of the crowds. Kids deserve to have “sick days” just
like mom and dad take from the office when they simply need a mental break.
this is not for everyone. Education is important.