It’s that time of year again – Spring Break! This is the time of year for a little vacation for the student and parents alike. A break from the everyday study to relax and chill. An excuse to break free from the norm of running around to practice and daunting homework. It is also a time you get a taste of summer and enjoy long days lazing around and spending fun times with family.
This year, we are actually going out of town for spring break. Due to my early planning and convincing the Hubby, we are heading to a relaxing resort in a nearby city. Mama needs a break, if you know what I mean?! This is the first year we will not be visiting family, or having a staycation. I am very much looking forward to hanging out and really spending time with my family while having fun doing it. Let’s just say I already have my getaway bag packed!!
Before you make a “to do list”, decide how you will spend your spring break. Do you plan an out of town family visit? Explore a new city? Or have a staycation?
There are good aspects to each one, so let’s explore:
Visit family: If you’re working on a tight budget and/or last minute planning, this may be the best route to take. This can be a very fun trip! In addition, if you are home sick or haven’t seen family in a while, this may be a great time to do it. We use our time wisely by planning out the whole trip and who we are visiting and when. Not only is this less stressful because you know where you are going; it is cost efficient, too. Since you will be staying with family, this will allow you the time to budget for some other fun activities. Visiting and catching up can be such a joy and times to share for future storytelling.
Visit a new Place: Going out of town and being adventurous canned be such a blast! It is a change from the everyday and another place to mark off where you have been. It does require planning and a little budgeting. It is not too late to find travel deals! Check with your local ITT and find out if they have any deals, MWR or pick a location and stay on base or check Spacea.net free or nearly free airfare. You can even coordinate with an Air Force base to find SPACE-A travel, which you’ll have to coordinate with the base Passenger Terminal. We have done this to go to Lego Land in Florida and loved it. I suggest allowing plenty of time to get home and recover. While I love this idea, you should be aware you can get stuck trying to travel back home in a timely manner so make sure your military member has leave saved up. You never know and it’s not too late – trust me there are deals out there for your advantage.
Good old fashion Staycation: If you are like the old me, you tend to staycation. Which for military families is super easy because usually we are at duty stations for a short period of time. This helps making a staycation the perfect time to go sight seeing in your backyard. The good thing is wherever you are, more than likely you haven’t explored and spent some real time visiting places, which others come to visit from out of town. Look up the “top things” to do in your city and pick one to two places or events to visit. Then relax the other days by sleeping in and vegging out. Sometimes spring break can be more fun relaxing and catching up on life, spending quality time, and enjoying a week of no stress.
Here are some easy things to do at home:
- Local library for events
- Museums in the area
- Local movie theaters and find a Matinee
- Have lunch with your Service Member if he/she can’t take leave
Each travel choice has pros and cons, but I love them all in different ways. Yet, my favorite Spring Break is a Staycation. Not only do I get to catch up on life, but to be honest it is less stress for me. I get to avoid packing and the logistics of moving this family around for a week. The Hubby is cheap so staycations are a no brainer, too!
So, my question for you: What do you do? Do you veg out all week or hit the road and travel? Talk with the kids and your spouse. Let me know in the comments below. (Be sure to ask yourself what you would like to do, too!)
Whatever you choose, choose what makes your heart smile & your family happy! YAH FOR SPRING BREAK!
Oh…. and may you not need a BREAK from your Spring Break.
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.