It has been 7 years since my family has been on a real vacation.
It’s not that we haven’t thought about going somewhere. At first it was just that we were having a baby. And building a house And my husband was writing a book. And then we had twins. And then we were broke. And then, it was 7 years later.
We’ve been on a few weekend road trips, but in almost every situation, we’ve combined them with something work-related. We either had tasks to do (like getting my laptop fixed) or my husband had a public speaking gig, or we went to a conference. Not exactly relaxing.
This summer, we decided that we were going to take two weekend road trips with our entire family. And we would not schedule anything work-related during those trips.
We scrounged up some money and found deals on a hotel stay for one trip. For the other trip, we stayed with our very gracious family.
And you know what? I was reminded of how important it is to take a vacation, to truly “get away from it all.”
For a few days we didn’t give much thought to work or blogs or cooking or laundry. We explored the cities we were visiting, shared a lot of laughs, and relaxed.
We experienced new things and enjoyed people-watching in a new place.
And we came home refreshed and ready to start again.
As a cheapskate, it’s easy for me to focus only on the expense of taking a vacation. It’s money that could be bolstering our retirement, our emergency fund, our kids’ college.
But I now see that there is cost to not taking a vacation. The cost is restlessness and stress.
I’m making a vow to not let 7 years go by before the next vacation.