Family vacations

by Jessie K on April 10, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI read something recently about how our memories of the day-to-day become one big blur as we age: work, school, obligations — it’s hard to recall the particulars of those events because we did them all the time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s actually the break-from-routine experiences we remember the longest, according to researchers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI needed to hear this because it’s too easy to feel guilty for taking time off (especially for those of us who are self employed).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow we have a scientific reason for taking more family vacations. Hooray!

(June’s Spring Break is next week so I’ll be taking a few more days off for travel, in other words.)

(Photos by Dave Knadler)


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Janelle April 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm


We have decided to forgo putting a few thousand dollars into the college fund (what college fund? You mean $500 won’t cover it?!) each year and take a back-packer’s beach vacation to a foreign country for spring break or the holidays. These past two years in Belize and Mexico have been theee best memories for our family. Truly priceless! And the stories we tell are unforgettable, albeit at times, a bit embellished, for effect. And this is not to mention the positive effects on my SAD inflicted husband. And my kids are getting an induction in the world of budget traveling!

Jessie K April 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm


I love that idea! How old are your kids?

Janelle April 11, 2014 at 7:45 pm


They are now (just turned) 10 and 12.
My husband and I traveled all over the world when we were dating and first married, and then tried to continue when our first was born. We attempted two summers in a row going to Europe. Long story short, both trips were disastrous and we especially didn’t travel abroad after the birth of our second. Finally when the second (and youngest) was (just) 8, we took our first trip to Mexico. Swimming in cenotes, snorkeling the reef, navigating the public buses thru the country, surviving with my few words of Spanish, and making memories.
Although I don’t give advice, I’d stay close to home while the kids are young. It’s easy and relaxing!

Lisa Gearheart April 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm


I hope you are enjoying Spring Break!!

Nancy Jacobs April 18, 2014 at 11:27 am


This is beautiful! There’s really nothing like getting away and spending time with your family. Thanks for the images and this post.

Your readers may find a useful resource if they (or you) are ever planning a family vacation in the future. I know it’s helped us out and hopefully it does the same for you. Pass it along if you like it!

Thanks again! :)

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