Wouldn't it be wonderful if vacations could last a little longer?
Is it possible to take our happy memories from vacation to create happy memories that last long after vacation?
Yes and YES!
I believe less is more even when it comes to vacations. I know it's tempting to try to fit in everything. Especially when traveling to a city where it may be your only time visiting. But sometimes, especially when traveling with children, this can come with the cost of feeling busy and stressed to hold a schedule. If you have too much planned for one trip you won't have time for the unexpected adventures, the slow chats, and taking in the little surprises that come your way.
Take the time to have a meaningful conversation with locals, learn about their culture, ask what their favorite places are. Then take time to go to the local cafe that "local" recommended and sit sipping on coffee.
Take in the setting sun at another part of the world.
Live. In. The. Moment. Longer.
Here's how our family of 6 does it:
With each vacation, we research the highlights that city has to offer. Then we all take vote on what we each wish to do. On our recent trip to Maui, Hubby and I chose the road to Hana, Mt. Haleakala, and some one-on-one time together. The kids were most excited about zip-lining, attending a Luau, boogie boarding, and finding Hawaiian shaved ice.
As we've learned so many times in the past, our favorite moments aren't any of the events we plan out. They are the in-between moments of just simple and slow living. Taking time to stop and smell the eucalyptus, and time to and hear the magical story from my 6-year-old about how a volcano rock got in his pocket.
Incorporating culture and beauty while spending quality time with one another is what we always look for in a vacation. Hawaii is an easy place to find exactly that and much more by allowing plenty of time between the scheduled events.