The idea of taking a family vacation may not be as attractive as it used to be. A big reason for this is the current economy. It’s a lot harder to make a vacation out of a normal week at work now, than it was just a few years ago.
If you hear yourself complaining about the cost of vacation, look at what you could be doing to make it happen. For many families, a vacation is a time to reconnect, reconnect with nature, and in some cases reconnect with each other.
In this article, I will be discussing the importance and benefits of a family vacation, why it is important to take time off from work, and how to plan the perfect family vacation! So, let’s begin.
Importance of a Family Vacation
Nowhere is this more important than at Diwali or New Year, when you are likely to see family members you only see once a year. This is the time when you’re going to find out what is going on with everyone!
A family vacation is a great way to bring everybody together. More importantly, it gives the kids something to do, and it gives the adults a little vacation, too. A trip to the beach is a great way to spend time together with your family.
With all the bad news that we hear in the media these days, it’s good to remind ourselves of what is important. So, take some time off from work and go see your family. You’ll thank me for it later!
Why is it Important to Take Time Off From Work?
Research from a GlassDoor Survey Report shows that an average employee in the US only took half of the paid time off that he/she was eligible for in the last 12 months. Shocking statistic, isn’t it?
Taking a vacation as a working professional is much needed for a lot of factors.
- It helps maintain a work-life balance and ultimately you return back with a refreshed mind to work.
- Spending time with friends and family helps you stay more happy, contented, and at peace in life.
- Vacations help you get more in touch with yourselves. You can pursue your hobbies and find out your hidden talents!
Thus, you should always plan short vacations with your friends or family from time to time. But how exactly do you plan a vacation? Let’s take a look at that.
How to Plan for a Family Vacation?
One of the most important things you can do is to get your kids and spouse on the same page about the details. Whether you are going to a fancy vacation spot, or just a more casual type of vacation, everyone needs to understand what you want, and what’s expected.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself and your family about your summer vacation plans:
- What exactly do you want to do? Be realistic. If your family wants to sightsee, then some outdoor time is probably a must.
- Is a beach vacation the preferred location?
- Does your family like water, sand, and sun?
- What kinds of activities do you want to do?
- Do you want to do some educational trips?
Make family time a priority! Make a list of things you want to do as a family on your small vacation, like camping, canoeing, or even just a picnic on the beach.
Make the most of your family time as a couple and then double down on the value of family time. Family time is so precious, it’s worth spending just a little more money to make it a trip where everyone benefits!
There are lots of reasons to go away as a family, including some that you can’t always control: things like politics, your work environment, other plans and emergencies. For those reasons, you can take a family vacation without feeling guilty about the cost. Going somewhere that’s fun for the whole family also feels better!
What Can You Do to Make a Vacation Happen?
Well, here are a few ideas to make a family vacation happen for you:
- Work with your employer to get a work from home day to start the vacation.
- Save up for it. Maybe travel is in your future.
- Ask for the week off. It doesn’t matter if you are at the bottom of the totem pole at work or have the highest authority in the company; you deserve a vacation.
- Plan to take a few weeks off at once. Make one-third of your vacation as downtime for family, friends, work, and fun, and two-thirds for a vacation. Tell your employer and family about the vacation. If you are worried about the cost, put it on a percentage basis or a dollar amount.
- Some employers are more accommodating than others. Network with other families who have gone on vacations and ask for tips on what they did and what to bring.
- Work with your partner on travel costs.
There you have it! I hope this article helped you realize the importance of a family vacation and how you can start planning one with your family!
So, where would you like to visit this year? Have you made any plans yet? Do share with me in the comments below. We’ll be back with more such insightful articles in the future. Cheers! 🙂