You don't need to go far
to have a great time, but you can take advantage of school holidays to sneak in trips of a lifetime to whatever is at the top of your bucket list. Plan
local day trips and weekend getaways as you bide your time for the big summer, Spring Break and Christmas getaways.
Some days school just feels like the end of it all. The end
of adventure. The end of fun with your kids. The end of flexibility and the
freedom to do what you want, when you want. Your kids feel it when they wake up
in the morning and hit the snooze button. What they don't know is that you are
secretly feeling the same way.
Why can't you just be in Paris with a pain au
chocolat right now?
School schedules don't have to be the end of your
explorations; they just change the way you need to do them. True, you can't run off to Europe for six weeks at a time without the school calling to find out if
everything is OK. What you can do is explore your town or the closest major
city to you. Book a weekend getaway that you can drive to. Grab a map and draw
a three-hour ring around your house. Pick a new spot within that ring to explore
once a month.
While you are out exploring the next town over, find the
hidden gems to tell your friends about back home. It doesn't have to be rocket
science to go outside and play with your kids and find something new together.
You don't even have to trek too far from home. You know that new restaurant
that just opened? Go try it out. Travel through your taste buds to Thailand,
Vietnam, India, Italy, France, Ecuador and Ethiopia. Dare Dad to lick the ghost pepper on his plate. The kids will love watching him turn beet red. Get
up close with the masters at the art museum where you can visually travel
through history and different cultures. The possibilities are endless, as long
as you don't get stuck thinking that nothing is new at home and that travel can only
happen with a new stamp in your passport.
This doesn't mean you stop dreaming about an epic
adventure you have always wanted to take with the kids. No. This is the prequel
to that trip. By staying local, you are not only being kind to your children's teachers by
not taking them out of school for too long, but you are also saving money so
you can travel during the high season to Europe, or splurge on airfare for your
family of six to South America to ring in the New Year in Rio de Janiero. These
dreams can be a reality. You just need to build your dreams around school
Christmas, Spring Break and summer holidays are when you
book the big trips. If you need an extra few days, especially around Christmas
break and Spring Break, the teacher might not mind if you leave on Friday and
come back on Monday. Your kids are missing a minimal amount of school. Life
will go on. Seriously. How many of us are still benefiting from perfect
attendance in elementary school? No one I bet.
You don't have to go far to travel with your kids. It may
feel like you have to get on a plane to escape your life and really reconnect,
but you can do that just as easily close to home. If your choices are to not
travel at all or to travel locally while you wait for the time and money to
travel farther away, you better believe you need to get out the door, hop on
the Metro and check out that new museum exhibit that just
opened. No more excuses. Just get up and go.
The snooze button on your clock
isn't going to turn into a French baguette anytime soon.