It’s time for a school breake and my children are already asking about where we are heading! I guess they have gotten used to going on small trips and making the best of our free time. I am a planner, so I have been working hard on planning our next getaway, while my husband thinks about the money and time off from work to make this happen. Although we want to be away from home and enjoy our time off, it takes work and effort from both sides to make our vacation a reality.
We have been lucky enough to be able to travel with our children and unplug while we are traveling. For us, this family time is priceless and it is necessary to connect with our girls and come back home stronger as a family. We have taken trips on airplanes, cruises, and road trips to amazing places making every free time an opportunity to travel. That being said, getting there takes a lot of preparation. Disconnecting from work and the everyday responsibilities is always the biggest challenge.
For my husband, it is very hard to take time away from his work responsibilities. He really struggles to take time off even for a few days, but he is not alone. According to the 2017 Alamo Rent A Car Family Vacation Survey, more than half of family workers (58%) say they feel guilty because their co-workers have to take over their job duties when they go on a vacation. My husband is always thinking about the work he needs to catch up on when he gets back to the office. Again, he is not alone. The 2017 Alamo Rent A Car Family Vacation Survey also found that about 48% of working families say they pressure themselves to work during family vacations because they don’t want to come back to a mountain of work. Twenty-eight percent work because they say it feels good to know they’re needed. Approximately one in four say they’re expected to check-in with work while on family vacations. My response to him is always the same- that we work so hard and everyone needs their chance to rest and that besides we will have to cover for our co-workers when they get their vacation time. We need to leave the guilt behind and enjoy!
Although it is hard to unplug from our work and everyday activities, we have been able to get way and enjoy special moments with our girls, allowing ourselves to be present and enjoying the moments, places and most importantly, the company. My biggest advice is to disconnect from the cellphone, the computers and electronics. It is hard the first day, especially for me because of my social media schedule, but it helps! When you disconnect from technology, you connect with your loved ones in a way that we are not accustomed to anymore. Emails and calls can wait! Trust me, when you come back to reality everything falls into place and you will have more energy to get your work done!
Once you are enjoying your family, everything becomes an opportunity to create new memories. We love trying new foods, listening to local music and taking a lot of pictures. Relax, have a drink and forget the rules for a few days. We all need those days that we can wake up late, eat whatever we want and enjoy a completely different atmosphere. Read and take advice from experts about getting away. Alamo created Scenic Route on Alamo.com in order to share travel tips, guides and inspiration with families so they can enjoy all the benefits that come from taking time away to relax. It is helpful and they have great ideas for before, during and after the trip.
Vacation days are short, but the memories and energy you bring back with you make them the best opportunities to grow as a family. So, packs your bags and find time to spend with your loved ones, a camera to collect the beautiful memories and never forget the importance of time together as a family. Disconnect from technology to connect with the people that matter the most to you. It is worth it!