- Do not over schedule your days
- Make room for rest or nap in the middle of the day
- Limit screen time and enjoy one another
- Make sure the big attractions are really worth it
- Schedule ample time for playing on the beach, park, kike, etc. without being rushed
- Allow a couple days for sleeping in and starting off slow
- Vacation with friends or another family
- Be flexible with your plans
- Take care of the kid's basic needs like sleep and hunger to make for happier kiddos.
- Have conversation about the things you are enjoying or have enjoyed instead of what to do next. Reflection helps to solidify those memories.
- Pack light for easier travel and try to stay somewhere with a washer and dryer.
- Save up before your vacation so you are not stressed about money.
Our family is currently vacationing in San Diego, California. We absolutely love it here and want to make the most of our time. Instead of packing our trip full of sights and big attractions, we have really tailored our time to be much more low key, while still exploring and having a great time. We are staying with friends, which has been a HUGE blessing. We allow ourselves to sleep in, have lazy mornings enjoying coffee and the cool California breeze while the kids play. We have sent hours just laying on the beach and other days hiking the tide pools or going on a lazy stroll through the boutique-lined streets of Coronado. We have soaked up the sun and great conversation with friends. We did not come here with a huge agenda or long list of to-dos. We came here wanting to enjoy each other and the beautiful outdoors. This has been a wonderfully relaxing trip and I truly feel that I have enjoyed each and every moment since we arrived. I watched as our oldest son dug deep holes in the sand and ran across the low tide of the ocean. I have been able to laugh with my husband and talk endlessly and share jokes and create memories with friends. But I really owe it to the slowness of our vacation. The anti-rush and the anti- must-see-and-do-everything mentality that often takes over our precious time together. I owe it to not doing my research or filling an itinerary. I owe it to slowing down and enjoying exactly where we are right now. Scroll to the bottom of this post for my list of tips for slow vacationing.
Tips for creating a slow vacation:
Life can go by really fast. My oldest is almost 6 and I wish we could just pause here for a little longer before he's all grown up. I can not stop time, I can not keep him little any longer, but there is something that I can do. I can slow down, I can enjoy each moment, and I can choose to not rush through the day to day. However, this kind of slowing down does take intention. One of the ways we work towards living with intention and therefore, living well each day, is to define our family principles.
Principles are a set of building blocks that creates a foundation in which to live by.
Setting family principles can help the whole family to live and work together and to make each day count and to develop habits for better living.
In order to create family principles, you need to think about the foundation of how you want to live. What do you believe in the most and how would you like your family to function? You are probably doing some of these things already, but defining them will help for a solid base to start really living by them day to day.
You can write them down or even hang them somewhere in your home. You may also want them to be discussed in your household often, so that even the children understand that they should live intentionally each day and that there is a standard by which they should live.
Here are our family principles:
Share with others,
Live without debt,
Place value on people, not things,
Spend time outdoors,
and always take care of each other.
That's right! We just paid off $97,000 in student loan debt and we are now debt free! If you read my blog regularly, you know that we just made a big move. We were living in a pretty good sized ranch home in the suburbs that we have been rehabbing over the past couple of years. We finally sold the house and downsized to an apartment in the city.
READ Downsizing our home while growing our family
We had to make a lifestyle change, but we are loving it! We used the money that we made off of the house to pay off ALL of our debt! Living in an apartment also means that we have less to pay in bills, which leaves us with even more money in our pocket each month!
Here is what we gave up:
Here is what we gained:
Trying to get out of debt? Here are a few things to try:
As we have purged and downsized our life, we looked around at all of our furniture. We looked at every piece to analyze if it really made our lives better. Furniture is heavy and bulky. It takes up a lot of space. Therefore, we want to be intentional about each piece of furniture we own. As we looked around, we immediately noticed our dressers. Each family member had one and they took up a ton of space. In fact, our oldest son had a giant one that took up most of his tiny room. We knew this had to change. The solution was simple. I bought each family member a hanging closet organizer. I paid around $6 for each. We got rid of the dressers, eliminated the clothes we never wear, and put everything in the closet. Ah, each room immediately felt so much bigger! Plus, we have much less to move! I can not believe more people are not doing this. It has been a total game changer.
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