Why We’re Skipping Summer Vacation

Why We’re Skipping Summer Vacation

Everyone takes a summer vacation, right? Not this family. Read on to see why.


By: Christie Tate

At least once a week I field the question, “Where are you guys going on vacation this summer?” You would think that by now I would have thought of a creative and hilarious way to say “nowhere.” But I haven’t. I usually just stammer that my husband and I are homebodies who plan to sit this vacation season out.

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But the truth is that my husband and I quite like to travel, but not with our children. Oh, please don’t make me cross the county line with my little ones! They’re great little people as far as 2- and 3-year-olds go, but extended car trips and airport delays don’t exactly bring out their placid sides. In fact, my husband and I are so scarred from traveling over break last winter that it’s fine by me if we never travel together as a family again. Ever.

I will admit, however, that when listening to other families talk about their annual trips to the beach or the lake or to villas across the ocean, I have moments where I think, "Hey, we could do that, too." I let myself fantasize about making sand castles or catching fireflies. Sometimes I get so far gone that I propose to my husband that we give it a try.

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We can save our money, our sanity and our time for now by knowing our limits.

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He guides me back to reality. And our reality is that our two children are terrified of bugs, so fireflies are out, and the texture of sand makes both of them shriek in horror. “It’s too soon,” he reminds me and assures me, saying, “One day it will be fun, but not while our kids are at their current ages.”

And I know he’s right. Taking a fabulous vacation is one of those things that sounds like a great idea but will backfire the minute I start packing a suitcase. Taking our brood on the road might be a trip, but it’s not a vacation. Between nap schedules and diapers and keeping track of their must-have lovies, we have our hands full just spending one night at grandma’s house.

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Certainly, we have the rest of our lives to vacation by the seashore or trek through national parks. We can save our money, our sanity and our time for now by knowing our limits and traveling within them.

As a consolation prize, I’ve purchased some top-of-the-line lawn chairs and a deluxe ice pop maker so that when we sit in the front yard watching our neighbors take off for grand adventures, we’ll be cool and comfortable right here at home. Exactly where we belong.

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i am so glad that you posted your article here, i was afraid to admit that trying to take my two kids on a vacation would be a nightmare and rather make them stay with a sitter but had so much guilt feeling like that so thank you for me being able to say i cant take mine either so i stayed home and relaxed too this year and that i have to wait til mine get a little older too

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We're staying home as well--but our kids are 19 and 17.. If they want adventure, we are buying a ranch, and they can go out and clear brush, or stay home and go to the local pool. When they were little we went to visit family, but family never came to visit us. I'd rather go to the ranch anyway.

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