Summer Means Family Vacations, Right?

by Melanie Edwards on June 18, 2012 · 6 comments

in Family Fun, life, Travel

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Mina Falls in El Yunque, Puerto Rico

Summer means vacation time for many families, but that’s not something I’m used to. We did take family vacations occasionally, but it wasn’t a set every year kind of thing. Now that I have my own family, I see the same pattern happening.

We have been lucky to take a trip every year since 2008, beginning with my husband and I creating our honeymoon for our five-year anniversary, since we never had an official honeymoon. The year after that we took a big family trip to Puerto Rico and brought baby girl along, plus extended family. Since our vacation in Puerto Rico, all of our family “vacations” have revolved around social media conference trips I’ve had that we’ve made into family trips. Conferences in New York City, Miami, and Washington D.C. have allowed my husband and daughter to explore those cities while I attended the events. But, none have been true family vacations since it’s just not the same to do a little here and there while also juggling a conference.

We need a real family vacation.

Unfortunately, this year is looking to be about the same. We have no plans for a vacation this summer and are pretty much staying in Orlando. Some people call this a staycation; growing up we just called it staying home for the summer. Of course, we do have fun! There’s various things for us to do locally, including visiting Central Florida theme parks, heading to the beach, and museum visits. We’re even thinking of heading up the coast one weekend and making a visit to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S.

While we may not have a traditional summer vacation planned each year, we manage to have fun as a family and have been lucky enough to have seen many cities in just the past few years. My daughter has done more travel in her short six years of life, than my husband and I did in our first fifteen years! Baby boy is not far behind, having traveled quite a bit before even his first birthday. We’re definitely lucky in this respect, as I know some families never get to travel at all.

Does summer mean family vacation time for your family? What are some of your plans this summer?

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Latinaish June 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Summer means a vacation when we can afford it, which is definitely not every year. We take little day-trips or “staycations” when we can which makes us feel a little better, but nothing compares to going down to El Salvador for a week 🙂


modernmami June 21, 2012 at 8:19 am

Those smaller trips help us too. It’s not the same, but it’s fun to get some mini-vacations in here and there.


Silvia June 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Not to long ago my husband and I were talking about when was the last time we had a vacation, like real vacation, and it was almost 5 years ago when we went to Mexico.  Since we need a real family vacation, this year we had decided to accept a friend’s invitation to go camping for 5 days.  We are so looking forward to it.  This vacation means no blogging, no answering the phone, no playing with cellphones, just plain play and exploration.  Camping will also be very affordable since we will be staying in our tent.

I remember growing up, my parents took us every year to the beach, either Acapulco or Ixtapa in Mexico, i wish I could do the same with my kids, I will add it to my vision board…..



modernmami June 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

Silvia, I’ve never been camping! To be honest, the idea scares me. LOL I’m not sure I’m meant to be so intimate with nature. 😉

It sounds like you guys have fun, though! We need more family trips!!!


darielacruz June 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

It doesn’t mean Family vacation to us either 🙁 I wish!!! We haven’t taken one I think since 2008 too, and it was only Derek and me, no kids, which is what we need the most right now. At least this summer I have several summer camps for Adrian which is different, I hope I can maintain camps for all his summers + do family travel, but not sure what will happen! It’s nice to know we’re not the only ones!!


modernmami June 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

Our 2008 trip to Hawaii was just us too. We need an extended family trip and a trip just for us again, too. Ay, but, it’s hard to fit it all in, isn’t it?!


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