If you have kids, then you know the difference between an adventure and a vacation. Simply put, if you are an invested parent and your kids like you, there is no such thing as a family “vacation” per se. It’s always an adventure and that’s a good thing. Too frequently, parents forget that 18 years goes very quickly and if you don’t realize that on a regular basis, time with your kids will slip by. Therefore, embrace the time with your kids and make the times together “fun” and “adventurous.”
True, all parents do need their own “down time” to be readily available to their children, but, this can be done separately from the time spent together as a family. This is where the needed “date nights” for parents are essential as well as parent vacations when the kids are old enough to allow you time away from them.
When children grow, they remember the participation times spent with their families. For example, when families travel to foreign destinations, the learning is intensified because the parents were together with them during the experience. Most adults reflect fondly to these times of childhood and adolescence and frequently remember them as positive for the trip was a constructive family event that all could share together. Vacations on the other hand, are defined as relaxation. Very few parents are able to relax when they are travelling with their kids because children need their parents because they cannot entirely self-manage themselves until they are adults. Sure, some vacation spots have kids programs, but why use them if your kids are only kids for a finite period of time?
Picking a destination should also be a family decision. Children in both grade and middle school study different cultures and countries. Consult with them about ideas of where to go. From a financial point of view, economical adventures are also fun whether it might be camping or some sort of a road trip. The most important decision is family time which form memories which last a lifetime.