This time of year definitely has me wishing I was on a beach, relaxing and soaking up the sun. Thank goodness I have a trip planned and I leave in exactly 2 weeks for Hawaii. This time, we are going to the big island because I haven’t been there before. February is the month of my birthday and it’s become a tradition that we go somewhere for my birthday but also so that I can replenish my Vitamin D so I can make it through the rest of the winter (although this winter so far has been really, really mild!)
Sunshine, beach and warm weather just seem to make me feel like smiling more 🙂
Now when I talk about relaxation, bear in mind that while I will relax, this time we are taking our kids, so the relaxing may take on a different perspective than when it’s just Brandon and I. We have some really fun excursions planned: Whale watching, snorkeling at night with Manta Rays, hiking to the volcano, and I really want to do some sea kayaking and paddle boarding. I have a rule that I like to have a beach day after an activity day, just so I can read my book and just generally sit down and decompress. I may be the only one in my family that likes to do that so I have to make sure we are keeping everyone happy (quite a task with 6 very different personalities).
So when I’m planning my trips, I have always been a little more “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of girl, but Brandon likes to have an idea of what we’re doing. So, here’s the compromise, we plan around 4 activities that we know we’ll all want to do, leave a few days open for whatever, and then set aside my beach days. That way, we are not scrambling with the Concierge trying to book things and end up missing out on some good stuff, and also I don’t feel like I am rushed and scheduled to the hilt (which is pretty much like work to me).
The most important things I consider when I am planning my trips and what I am going to take are:
Whether you have a trip already coming up on your horizon, all of these tips will prove useful, no matter where you’re going or what you’re doing. I realize that not everyone goes on planes, and very often there are amazing road trips that create the best memories. Our family road trips have been amazing (although I will admit they were probably easier when the kids were younger), put on a movie, give the kids some treats and they’re happy. As they grow to be teens, there are many more opinions, arguments and disagreements, but that journey and life’s journey is truly what we make it. I no longer have expectations that everything will go smoothly…that the boys will always get a long – so I have found that if I don’t hold onto those expectations, I don’t have to feel frustrated when it doesn’t workout like I think it should (because you know it won’t 😉
Happy travels in 2018 and I hope you find my tips and tricks useful!