Going on Vacation

This week I am going to be writing about vacationing with a lots of children, on a budget.

Many times I read things about travelling on a budget that sound great, but they don’t apply to me because I have many children or because their idea of a budget doesn’t include things that I consider important or vice versa.

Did you know that I can’t stay in a hotel room with my children? There are too many of us.

Can’t rent a car or minivan either at my destination. Why? Too many of us to fit into one of them.

Does that stop us from going on vacation? No, not at all.

Our goal when we go on vacation is to have fun. Not to be stressed or upset or deal with tantrums, whether the grown-up or child variety. When we find those things happening it is time to take stock in what a vaction is supposed to be and readjust our expectations.

Later today I am going kick off this topic by posting about Disney World, the mecca of family vacations. And if my family can do it on a budget, so can yours. But most important of all… we had a GREAT time.

I went into the vacation feeling that it would be something I would silently(or maybe not so silently) suffer through for the enjoyment of my children. One of those I am happy because they are happy type things, but the truth of the matter is that we had fun. And I was six months pregnant with my son and had 6 children who were 9, 8, 7, 5, 3 and 1. If there was ever a recipe for disaster and UN-fun this could have been the ingredients right here.

I will have the first part of the vacation series up later today, called Disney on a Family Budget (I had it all ready to go but it suffered an unfortunate computer accident, also known as leaving a toddler unsupervised with the computer.) I’ll share the things that we did to keep it fun and affordable for our family. Things that will work for your family, no matter if there are two or twenty of you.

6 Responses to “Going on Vacation”

  1. kate Says:

    I am looking forward to your Disney on a budget post!

  2. dcrmom Says:

    YAY! Looking forward to this. We are going to Disney in November!

  3. rachel Says:

    I look forward to reading it - the older girls had a blast at Disney with my parents. Disney is one of the fabulous companies wrt food allergies. I’d love to go with the whole family someday.

    Our vacation tip is to go somewhere you can drive to, and then stay somewhere with a kitchen or kitchenette so you can cook many of your own meals.

  4. Christina Says:

    I am really looking forward to it!

  5. Jamie Says:

    I am a Disney virgin but I am so looking forward to taking my girls in a few years when the baby (16 months) is older. I can’t wait to read your tips!

  6. She-ra Says:

    I look forward to reading about this. I am currently in the middle of a big road trip (on my blog too) with my 3 kids. We’re having fun so I think I’d like to do one every summer or every other summer. BUT… we did a lot of touristy things this time that we don’t usually do when we go to visit family and it is getting expensive. Which gives me pause on the “let’s do it every year” idea.

    Also, I’m happy to see another blog of yours - you always make me laugh. Usually while rolling on the floor…