I hate back to school time. It’s touted as many parents favorite time of year. So why do I dislike it?
Thanks to Julie for this awesome guest post about the advantages that even short trips can bring to a family!
We travel a lot to visit family. So my kids have experience with driving trips, and with staying away from home. But it’s more of home away from home than a vacation. My kids haven’t yet been on a “real” vacation.
We took a really great short trip this summer, though, that reminded me why those short trips are totally worth it for our whole family. We drove to stay with family for a holiday weekend, which is pretty usual. But we decided to spend an entire day at the amusement park Cedar Point, which is unusual. We do a lot of family outings, but not bigger full day trips very often.
Thank you, Simone, for this wonderful post about vacationing in Cancun, Mexico in an all-inclusive resort! This article is not sponsored by Club Med and all opinions are those of the author.
One of our new requirements for going on vacation is that neither one of us has been to that particular destination before (unless it is as magnificent of a location as Paris, of course). This time, after contemplating, researching, and budget planning, we decided on: nothing! We just somehow did not do anything other than thinking and talking about it.
Before I became an expat, there were things I was certain were true about expat life. I thought I’d move to Mexico, meet my new best friend right away, become conversational in Spanish in 3 months, and go skipping off into the sunset of a perfect life.
We crept along the winding mountain road, traffic was heavy! It was also going slow and there was a double yellow line, so no passing. How much further to Puerto Vallarta, I wondered.
“Next time, we’ll fly,” my husband muttered from the driver’s seat. He normally doesn’t complain about driving and this one was wearing him out.
Hi. My name is Natalie and I’m a procrastinator. I am full of procrastination.
“Hi Natalie,” an imaginary group chants back, in chorus.
“And a worrier,” I add, to be candid.
We are leaving tomorrow for our first vacation in a year and I haven’t even started packing yet. Seriously, how I could forget? I may have been a little too obsessed with getting tacos for dinner (and they were SO worth it as I can’t get enough tacos).
I have only added one country to my”visited” list since I started this blog a little over a year ago. I had this vision of starting this blog and then jetting around the world. Oh, the fantasy of it all!
But wait, I have kids… there are days that it’s just too much to go to the grocery store. But still, I write this blog and call myself a travel blogger. The audacity!
I didn’t want the thing, but knew I wouldn’t bother to return it. The next morning, I decided to open it. The box was empty. The realization dawned on me. We’d been scammed.
“I need to go to San Miguel before I move back,” my expat friend said.
“I didn’t really get to see much when we went two weeks ago,” I said. “Can we go together? I really want to visit there and hang out.”
On a random Monday, I cancelled my Spanish class and we went to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico with the kids! And yes, I told my Spanish teacher where we were going and she understood. Because San Miguel is cool. Like bow ties.
Why yes, my celiac disease is acting up and it’s annoying the crap out of me. Okay, so celiac is not actively killing me. This autoimmune disease is just killing my motivation because I have no energy.