Mom vacation alone. Leave your family at home and go away. You will thank me for having the first real vacation since you got married and had kids.
Let’s take a moment to differentiate between a trip and a vacation.
A vacation is when you get away from all your responsibilities and have fun.
A trip is when you are traveling for work or you are responsible for someone else’s vacation.
Like your family’s vacation. Or you husband’s vacation with you.
Get Rid of the Guilt and Travel Without Your Family
Like most moms, I suffered from mom guilt and wife guilt when I thought about traveling alone.
That changed after my family went on vacation over spring break 2014.
We visited family in Florida for a few days, then went on a Disney cruise followed by a few days at Disney World.
As usual, I made all the plans. I told everyone what to pack. I packed all the toiletries. And I made sure the kids weren’t missing anything.
However, I did not double check what my husband packed because I assumed he was old enough to take care of it himself.
I can’t remember exactly what item he forgot, but I want to say it was maybe his dress pants or dress shoes for our adult-only dinner.
When he discovered he didn’t have the item, he made it very clear that it was my fault and that I hadn’t told him to pack it.
Here’s the thing. The man had packed at least three pairs of dress socks. Dress socks that he would only wear if he was wearing the dress pants and dress shoes.
So obviously I DID tell him what he needed to pack, or he wouldn’t have packed three times as many dress socks as he needed.
That was my breaking point.
Mom Travel Alone
I love traveling without my family.
There. I said it.
And if I’m totally honest, I prefer traveling without my family.
I only have to pack myself.
I don’t have to check, double check, and then go shopping to make sure everyone has what they need.
I can eat where I want without worrying about if there is something that my kids will eat.
If an activity turns out to be a dud, I don’t have to listen to complaints.
Heck, I don’t have to plan activities I don’t like but are on someone else’s to-do list.
When I read the map wrong and get lost (notice that I said when), nobody rolls their eyes or bitches at me.
And nobody gets mad at me because THEY forgot to pack something.
In other words,
It is a VACATION!
So Moms. Do yourself a favor. Go on a trip without your husband and without your family. And enjoy your vacation.
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