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Did you ever hear of this saying, “The plumbers pipes always leak?” Well in my case, the travel expert’s vacation was WAY over planned. Yes, I’m SO guilty of that. I’m one of those kind. I’ll admit to my faults. This past week we went to Philadelphia, and I wanted to get every last minute filled with an activity. I wanted to see 10 days worth of stuff in 5. Did I mention that they had a heat wave and the humidity was high?
At first my kids were on board with this plan. Then by day three not so much, they wanted to do something crazy, like sleep! Oh yeah, did I mention that everything was only open till like 5 pm? Another joykill into my plans. If you saw my pictures, day by day you would see the bags under my eyes get bigger and bigger.
This is when I realized that I needed to plan my family vacations like I would plan my clients vacations, to balance activities and free time to relax and rejuvenate. The worse thing after a vacation is to feel like you need a vacation from your vacation. A vacation is a time to relax and realign yourself, and to bond with your loved ones. Sightseeing is fun and a great way to bond, however when you are pushing to do everything you can lose sight of the big picture and get tired and cranky. Although I love a good road trip, I’m still so tired and all I want to do is lay around and sleep. I pushed it way too much on this vacation. Yes, I over did it.
Did you know that when kids were polled at Disney World and asked what their favorite part was, they said going to the swimming pool. Sometimes as adults we try so hard to make every experience the best possible for the kids and for us and to make every experience perfection that we forget that the little times together, and the slowing down and balancing of the vacation makes the perfect memories.
When we were on the way home we had asked the kids what was YOUR favorite memory of the vacation? Each child had a different favorite memory. They all loved the Franklin Institute where they could run around and play. There was a sports zone floor and I have one son who is a sports crazed guy so that was his favorite. I had one son who loves abandoned buildings so he loved Eastern State Penitentiary and one likes history so he was split on all of the history sites. However the one thing that everyone could agree on was the time after 5 pm when we could just chill for a bit and hang out at the pool. That was the the one time that everyone loved.
So, as I would tell my clients, I’m going to write down here for you and for myself and future vacations for my family. Always balance your vacation days out. Don’t forget that this is NOT a race to see how much you can do in a short amount of time. I’ve personally decided to consider for all my future vacations like a cruise port. Pick one thing to do for that day and then come back and relax. Speaking of cruises, when talking to the kids they said, “Mom enough of these field trip vacations, we want to go on a cruise next year.” Oh yeah, these kids know me, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…...
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.