Most of us spend the majority of our hours awake at work. Canada is in the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to paid vacation time, many countries across the world offer many more paid days off, for example in Sweden, France and the United Kingdom, 25 days vacation is often the common practice. Therefore, each vacation day is precious, we have to make the most of them.
I know from experience that the thought of taking the kids away on a trip, having to pack everyone's bag, organize transport, find someone to feed the cat, and all the other planning needs can be overwhelming. It can be easier sometimes to not bother, to stay at home and enjoy the free time. But, as I explain it to myself when I'm feeling like that, it is rare that you remember a day spent at home, but you never forget a trip!
Retrospect is a magnificent thing. It's amazing when you look back on a journey or vacation and the aspects that you remember. They aren't sitting in the airport, or packing numerous bags, it's diving into the pool (or more recently, sharing my breakfast with a giraffe) that stay in the memory bank. Vacations are the quintessence of life. These are the moments that stay fresh in the memory for years to come. When I look back on my childhood, some of my favourite memories are ones that were out of the ordinary. The road trips as a family, the sleepovers at friends houses, the school journeys, the times when the routine was shaken.
Vacations don't have to involve long plane journeys or exotic destinations, but in my opinion, they should alter the everyday routine. As we start off another year, and we are back into the regular pattern of life, I like to plan a trip or think of a way we can break from the old routine. This might just be a spontaneous road trip to Quebec City, or a day out at a new attraction, or even letting the kids set up camp in the backyard and spending a night outside. But we make memories when we are experiencing, so this January give the regular a shake up and think of an activity that you and your family will remember for a long time to come.