My husband and I have recently been discussing how to make travel traditions for our children.
We’ve noticed that many families go on a trip together every year – sometimes to the same place, sometimes the same week every year, and sometimes with the same group of people. While all of this sounds lovely, it seems a little unattainable to do all of those things, which leaves us choosing which thing is most realistic for our family.
What seems most important to us is including our parents (our kids’ grandparents) into our vacations.
We do not get a lot of time off work, particularly on weekends. The one or two weekends each month when we aren’t working are our only opportunity to work on our house, see our friends, and be a normal family. For this reason, visiting our parents tends to only happen about four times a year, which isn’t enough for either of us to feel connected.
We think bringing our parents on our family vacations would be an opportunity to spend more time with them. We typically rent a house wherever we go, so providing accommodations for them would be no problem.
But, would this be fun for our parents? Or, would they rather go somewhere where they can be a little more footloose than is possible with two young children in tow?
Family vacations are often looked at like some form of torture (a la Clark Griswold). So, maybe the whole idea sounds terrible. (Although, we are usually much more relaxed and fun on vacation than at home, so maybe it would be a good thing…)
What have all of you done to make vacation traditions? Do you travel as just your immediate family, or with extended family or friends? Any advice you can share to help young families like mine get started?
Thanks for reading and sharing any thoughts!