You made it! You are finally on vacation, and so are we. So far every part of going on this trip has been more work than just staying home. Congratulations, now you can finally relax, or so you think. I can say from personal experience that things don’t always go as planned.
Everyone has big dreams of what their vacation is going to look like. At least for myself, I want it all. If I am going somewhere, I want to see everything there is to see, eat everything there is to eat and just get the full experience of wherever I am, but still be able to come home relaxed and ready to dive into the everyday. Pretty much, have my cake and eat it too. In our experience, thinking this way ends in chaos. Either we have a blast on the trip and come home exhausted more than when we left, or we end up frustrated trying to achieve what we set out to. How can you keep from having your vacation go from relaxing to chaos? We have learned over the years a few tips to keep our vacation fun, memorable, and relaxing.
Even though we want to experience everything, that just doesn’t work for us. Trying to get kids out the door on time to make it to each activity takes longer than what we imagine on a trip. Trying to do this multiple times each day just adds stress. So we try to only go to one place, event or activity each day we are gone. We make those events a big deal for the kids and spend lots of time wherever we are. Let the kids get the most of whatever activity you decide on, and make lots of great memories. If there aren’t enough days in your vacation to see everything, just plan a trip for a later date to see other things. I know, I know you want to see it all now, but is it worth seeing it all, if you are miserable while you do it?
This just flows out of having simple plans. Down time can be some of the most memorable time for kids. So let’s say you get done at the zoo around dinner time. Now what? How do you keep the kids busy and happy till bedtime? Go back to the hotel, get room service and laugh about the little ketchups. Take the kids for a quick dip in the hotel pool and jump in with them. Watch a movie with some microwave popcorn cuddled up on the couch. Play some card games. Even simple everyday activities are more special because you are on vacation, plus you will feel more relaxed and rested for what you have planned for the next day.
With having ADHD, so many things are bouncing around in my head all the time. Add to it, everything that goes on with a vacation, directions, traffic, watching the money we spend, is everyone happy, did we miss out on something, did I remember the room key, etc, etc, etc. One of the things that keep us from relaxing is the phone ringing. In this day and age having a phone with you on vacation is just about a necessity , however having it turned on, ringing, reminding you of work and problems at home, is not helpful. We have enough on our minds, so we always carry our phones with us, but turn off the ringer. If we need to make a call, we are able to, but this way we can just disconnect from everything at home and focus on our kids and the memories we are making. Check your messages at night before bed, but give your day to your family.
There you go, three simple ways to keep your vacation from chaos and make relaxing memories along the way. Enjoy your trip! I know we have ours. Do you have any other ways you keep your vacation relaxing? I’d love to hear about it. Comment below and start some conversation.