Do You Take an Annual Family Vacation?

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When my husband was a kid, they typically took a short beach vacation every year, as well as another family trip. They have lots of great memories and stories to tell! Trips were really out of the question for us financially as our family grew, but we’re finally in a place that we want to make it a priority.

A few years ago, a friend of ours elected to postpone a kitchen remodel in favor of a Disney vacation , and when I started pricing things, I could see why! Yikes! There are entire blogs and websites out there dedicated to planning a Disney vacation and saving on a Disney vacation. For us we’d probably splurge on a Villa or Suite in a more premium resort since we wouldn’t likely be going on such a nice vacation for a while.

The Eco Chic has been writing some great blog posts lately about Disney, including cloth diapering at Disney and using strollers at Disney. I’m not really worried about traveling with cloth, but after our trip last year, I’m a little nervous about traveling with our youngest. A 6 month old isn’t too hard to travel with, since they tend to fall asleep, but he’s walking/running/into everything at almost 15 months, and chasing him around is exhausting, LOL. When we went shopping at Up On the Hill I spent most of the time we were there running around in circles after him and picking up things he tried to throw!

Right now we’re thinking about maybe researching some more and trying to plan a Disney trip for next year, when the little guy is 2, but our oldest won’t be “too old” to enjoy the magic. For now, I think we will maybe just do a weekend trip somewhere close to home just to get away, then maybe visit my in-laws again (hopefully we don’t miss our plane this time!)

Have you been to Disney? Thoughts on a not totally stressful trip for us? Ha.

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
  • Delora
    March 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    We do one or two family trips every year, but have never done Disney. We’d rather take the money we’d spend on an expensive hotel there and use it for airfare overseas. (Airfare is one place I don’t count a carbon footprint because it’s necessary for DH’s job, and yikes.) I consider cultural awarerness and being a global citizen one of my most important lessons as a parent, so want to expose my boys to as many different opportunities as possible.

    • March 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      We definitely want to go overseas when the kiddos are older. DH went to Italy on business (stopped in Germany & Brussels) and I still have family living in Portugal! I have never been outside the U.S. and hadn’t been outside Maryland (aside from visiting family in NJ/PA as a kid) until I met DH!!

      • Delora
        March 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        I never left the country until I was 26, but so far we’ve been able to take our oldest (12yo) to Canada and Malta, and both boys (youngest is 3yo) have been to Puerto Rico. We were planning to go to Panama next month, but airfare prices spiked suddenly before we had locked down dates so we had to cancel 🙁

        I would highly recommend Puerto Rico as a starter “international” trip since US laws still apply (no passports necessary) and they use the US dollar. It’s only a couple hours flight from DC, airfare is usually reasonable, and you can rent a really nice house on the beach for about a grand for the week.

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