Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Guest Blog: Great Travels for Great Memories

Convincing your husband to go out of town for the weekend isn't easy. After a long week of work, he often wants nothing more than to kick back and relax at home. I, on the other hand, feel cooped up in the house and am ready to get out and see what else the world has to offer, even if it is just for a few hours. I hate to admit it, but it’s often the easiest option that gets chosen. Staying home, watching movies, playing with the kids or sleeping in. It is not a bad life. But sometimes, travel is much desired and much needed.

I find that many military wives feel like weekend travel is too hectic, that they don't get a chance to do all they want to do in a short amount of time, or that the possibilities are overwhelming. I believe that it doesn't have to be. In fact, short trips can be the best trips if done properly.

Travel for two isn't always easy. It involves not just convincing the husband to spend his weekend traveling but also finding someone to watch the kids. However, this can also be the perfect getaway. Find a bed and breakfast or a resort area close to home that has activities you and your husband can enjoy. You'll be surprised at the number of small inns that have high quality spas, fishing excursions, or hiking nearby. For childcare, talk to one of your friends and offer a kid swap. If she takes your kids for the weekend, take hers the following while she and her own husband get out of town.

Of course, if your family is like mine, it can be difficult to enjoy a kid-free getaway. The idea is always nice, but we end up missing the girls before we reach the halfway point. A good choice is to pick a location that has plenty of family friendly fare. Then focus only on that spot. Don't try to pack too much into one trip. That can lead to stress and anxiety that is unnecessary when the purpose of the mini-vacation is togetherness. Also, make sure to take into account any health concerns of family members into consideration while planning. Some places may not be ideal for someone stricken with types of mesothelioma because of high altitude concerns

If you simply can't convince your husband to travel with you, sometimes the best bet is to convince him to stay home with the kids. If you and several of your mom friends can do the same, a girl’s weekend serves two purposes: it gets you out of the house and shows your husband just how difficult it is to be a full-time parent.

Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people's lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible.

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