Originally published in July 2008.
Perhaps you've noticed that we are a trifle obsessed with going on vacation around here. And we suspect that you are too. But really, how could we not be? Summertime with kids just calls out for a trip, an escape, a vacation, a quest, as Chevy Chase would say, "a quest for fun." (Yes, we are quoting that immortal film, "Vacation." Forgive us.) Why do we long so to leave home?
Since we're in list mode today, we present to you:
The 5 Best Things About Going on Vacation
Leaving it all behind: the mail (hurray for neighbors who pick up your mail!); the phone (bye, bye, pesky telemarketers!); the schedules (keep the kids up late, sleep in, go crazy!); the endless round of school, work, playgrounds, classes, playdates, groceries and errands (phew!).
Paring your stuff down to one suitcase per person (it's not easy, but feels so good).
Watching your kids grow leaps and bounds as they see different sights, eat different foods, spend time with different people, and try new activities.
Feeling closer as a family because you're having an adventure together.
Gaining a new appreciation for the comforts of home -- which brings us to....
The 5 Best Parts About Coming Home
Old toys seem like new (how brilliant is that?).
Not having to live out of suitcases (yeah for plenty of clean laundry!).
Running into friends and neighbors, and telling them all about your trip.
Going to get a bite at your favorite local restaurant.
Climbing into your own cozy, comfy bed and remembering your lovely vacation as you drift off (bliss!).
Happy vacations and homecomings, everyone!
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