It’s vacation season!
Drake and Josh are currently in the midst of their Annual Two Weeks With Dad. This week they’re attending day camp where they’ve learned water safety, wilderness survival, kayaking, climbing, zip-lining and paintballing. They’ve also honed their skills at making friends, eating ice cream and catching frogs.
We’re lucky. The camp is reasonably priced and relatively close to our house. It’s easy enough for me and Boyfriend to alternate the pick-up/drop-offs on our way to/from work. We also have family in coastal places which makes for inexpensive beach trips. We plan to spend next week frolicking in the Atlantic Ocean, accommodations courtesy of Boyfriend’s parents. “Spending money” courtesy of our change jar, which hasn’t been cashed in since last summer.
Vacations are stressful enough for an “intact” (I hate that word!) family. When parents are separated, Mom/Dad often face double the stress with half the fund$. Oh, and sometimes there’s also that element of Vacation Competition which can rear its ugly head. I’ll never forget the time Josh told us that he was going to have a better vacation with his mother because she was taking them to a hotel with maid service.
Alternatives to Disney World include camping, lower-scale amusement parks, group trips with friends/family and the stay-cation. All of which can be equally entertaining if approached with a healthy attitude and responsible wallet.
What are your vacation plans? Or alternative-to-vacation plans? How do you deal with The Competition (if it’s an issue)? Do you involve the kids in the planning/saving process? How do you maximize the enjoyment on a minimized budget?