No matter what branch of the military your family is in you will experience a TDY – a Temporary Duty Assignment. This is where they go away for training a conference or tour on behalf of their unit or to further career requirements.
A TDY can be anytime of the year within hours from your duty station, across the county or on the other side of the world. You never know what you’re gonna get from one TDY to the other!
When our airman goes TDY and its summertime, we go TDY too. Summertime TDY’s are our favorite. We totally take advantage of getting away from the monotony of our everyday lives and schedule. We enjoy traveling to cities new or old with him. This allows us not to only enjoy ourselves and take advantage of touring a new place, but also allows for us to relax a bit without breaking the bank.
If the destination is close to our base then we always road trip to the destination. You can also choose to buy your own plane tickets to get to the location. We haven’t done this yet. But, I recently met a spouse who shared her experience with me and I was in AWE!!!
I love the story she tells…
She traveled to Italy for 2 weeks with her spouse for a TDY. All she had to do is buy a plane ticket and rent a car. She said she toured the city and ate good food while he was in school during the day and then the evenings belonged to them. When she speaks about it her face lights up! She said it was the best time for her and her husband. No kids, no chaos of the everyday, no schedule just them. She said she is so lucky and blessed to have done so.
What an amazing experience! I always think how lucky she is to have that opportunity.
Some of our Favorite things to do when we go TDY with Daddy
- Since Hubby is TDY, the room is paid for by the government and may include a breakfast. My kids love breakfast time at hotels. They get to eat all the yummy, sugary treats I don’t buy at home! (IT’S VACATION RIGHT???)
- Room service- No cleaning for a few days, I’LL TAKE IT!!
- No Schedule- sleeping in and watching TV, the pool, sometimes they even have kids activities and happy hour in the evenings. Just take the day as it comes.
- Become a Tourist- If you’re on a tight budget – no worries! I always google or check on trip adviser for free things to do in the local area. There are always free or discounted museums or events for military families. And, of course, walking and touring the city, parks and libraries are always free and fun too.
I don’t know about you but when I’m away from home, I’m away from chores, obligations, and the stress of everyday life that gets in the way of enjoying my family and taking advantage of the day. So, when those orders for a TDY come in don’t frown, especially during the summer. You could end up creating some amazing memories. That’s what this life is about, right?
Creating Memories – Xo, Moni
About the Author:
Moni is a proud Puerto Rican Air Force Spouse and mother of 3 brilliant children, that has found time as a SAHM to finish her Bachelors in Public Relations. She has moved over 13 times as an Army brat and now an Air force MilSpouse. This has allowed her to see things from different views. During her husbands last deployment, she was inspired to write about her military lifestyle from a candid, sassy, bold and witty perspective. She hopes that by sharing her experiences that it will encourage other spouses to find their voice in this journey of constant change and uncertainty……all this has been accomplished with buckets of prayer, glasses of wine and a few colorful words.