Summer Vacation: Why Your Family Should Take A Summer Vacation

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Year on year, an ever increasing number of families make the decision to take a summer vacation. Despite the fact that a large number of individuals and families do take off and have a summer vacation, there are even more families that do not. Which type of family are you?

How often have you said or have heard someone else say "I need a holiday".

As a family, we have businesses online and offline and we find that it is all too easy to work 14/7 (or at least it feels like it) with no respite or let up. This is not good for anybody. We all need and deserve a summer vacation so why do some people forego this great opportunity to relax, have fun and recharge the batteries?

There are a number of reasons why a particular family may be unable to take a summer vacation. Family budget and cost is one of the most common reasons. Unfortunately, many individuals mistakenly believe that a vacation is going to be cost prohibitive otherwise it will not be a good vacation.

Listen, it doesn't matter whether you spend a few days at the beach, travel to the closest amusement park, stay a few days at a camp site, or travel overseas, they can all be considered as a summer vacation.

I remember once asking my late father-in-law if he has a good time after one trip. He replied that he had had a great time adding "If you don't enjoy yourself, you only have yourself to blame". Ok there may be times when events are out of our control but the point is that it is up to us to make the most of our circumstances and we can have a great summer vacation no matter how short or long, far or nearer to home.

Sadly, more and more families are unable to take a family vacation due to their busy schedules. Summer vacations are popular because they are often the only time that a family can take a break from their work commitments and routines.

Although, sometimes, we find it difficult, I strongly recommend that you set aside time, whether it be three days or three weeks, to schedule a summer vacation with your family. We regularly find that when we do, we appreciate the untold number of benefits.

Perhaps, the greatest benefit of scheduling a summer vacation with your family is the amount of time that you will be able to spend together, enjoying each others company and having fun together.

Believe me these opportunities don't last forever. We have two teenagers, one of whom starts university later this year. The other has just turned 15 and wants to spend all of his free time with his mates. So, we know that we have to make the most of the chances we have now before the kids decide that they want to do their own summer vacation thing.

Many families are rarely able to spend time together. Long work hours, homework, and busy sports schedules often prevent a family from enjoying dinner or other fun activities together. In some cases, a summer vacation is the only way that a family can spend uninterrupted quality time together.

For me, another 'biggie' is relaxation.

People talk about how great it is for kids today, they have everything! Today, children must operate and function differently than they had to in the past. School age children are often bombarded with large amounts of homework, on a daily basis. This homework, along with active sport schedules and pressure to be the best, takes its toll.

A summer vacation provides them with the opportunity to switch off, have fun, meet new friends, and get the rest that they need and deserve.

What about you? What about the parents?

In addition to our kids, we need time to relax, to switch off and, hey, even have some fun!

We have our daily pressures, commitments and routines to adhere to. Taking a well deserved summer vacation with our family gives us the opportunity to forget about the pressures of work or running our household. It's even more important than that, however.

It's absolutely vital for our personal well being and that of our families that we take the time to relax and recharge in the way that a summer vacation allows us to do.

If you have agreed with me so far, I have another suggestion...

If you are seriously thinking about taking a summer vacation, involve the whole family in the decision making process. Let the kids feel they are making an important contribution. Who knows, there ideas may the best ones when it comes to choosing the "right" vacation for your family.

One final question - why would you want to continue to spend your summers around your home, especially when everyone could be having a great "Wish You Were Here" time enjoying themselves away from home?

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