Why do we continue to gift our children toys that just become “objects and obstacles” in our home? This holiday season, think bigger and better. Focusing on making memories instead of searching the shelves and turn your holiday goals towards more family vacations and forget about the holiday gifts.
Before reading any further, stop and take a look at the rooms in your house. More than likely, you’ll probably find toys scattered throughout here and there. Maybe you’ve stepped on them in the middle of the night or maybe you just feel that all that “stuff” is slowly starting to take over your home. Breathe…just breathe. Those thoughts and emotions are the same ones that millions of other parents around the world are having as well. But…for what?
Replace those gifts with memories that will last a lifetime
Giving gifts is a great initial feeling, but after time, that gift gets replaced with something else and that thought and emotion is forgotten. Is it really necessary to put yourself through that each and every holiday? Instead, think about traveling more and replacing those gifts with memories that will last a lifetime.
Traveling opens the door to experience adventures together as a family
When’s the last time that your family did something amazing together? Something out of the ordinary that got everyone’s adrenaline pumping? Traveling can great those adventures with ease. Think ziplining, white water rafting or even just hopping on and riding the greatest and latest roller coasters…all of those destinations provide excitement and curiosity to your family that you may never knew that you were missing.
Replace gifts with memories that will be cherished forever
The great thing about traveling together as a family instead of giving gifts for the holidays is that you will be filling your memory bank full of hundreds of wonderful moments. Do you remember what your daughter gifted you 5 years ago for Christmas? No, probably not…but you can bet that you’ll remember the Christmas vacation that you and your family booked on a Disney Cruise.
Taking A Vacation Together as a family encompasses the entire point of the holidays
Believe it or not, gifts aren’t the “reason for the season” but that is how our society has become. Instead of cherishing the memories, we now spend the days and hours leading up to Christmas out and about running, shuffling, buying and wrecking our brains to try and find the latest and greatest gift. Even reading that is stressful!
This year, put your foot down and start a new family tradition. Bring back the real reason for the holidays and book a trip to make the focus on family.
Explore everything the world has to offer, together
If you’ve always wanted to show your children the world, show them! There doesn’t have to be a perfect time and place to make it happen…but if you are needing one, the holiday season may be about as perfect as you can get. With them out of school on winter break, make the plan to get away from a few days or a few weeks. Showing your family the world is one of the greatest “gifts” there is.
Booking Family Vacations During for the Holidays Doesn’t have to be Expensive
Keep in mind that booking a trip or traveling doesn’t need to be something massive or expensive. (It can if you want it to be, but it doesn’t have to be.) There are plenty of great deals out there if you know where to look.
Take some advice from a travel agent…always do your research before booking your trip. The internet has made it to where there are crazy good deals being offered all the time that can truly fit any budget. Taking a family trip in the US can be just as fun and exciting as booking a trip overseas. It’s all in how you plan and what experiences you and your family want to try!
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This holiday season, give the gift of memories by traveling more. Have a family discussion, find out what everyone would truly love to do, and then make it happen! With the Christmas holiday only happening once per year, you can book an awesome vacation jam-packed full of amazing experiences that will tie you over until the next trip the following Christmas!
Family time is a gift that shouldn’t be wasted and if you have the means and time to take a trip this Christmas, do so. Not only will it help create and foster a stronger bond between all members of your family, but it’s also the perfect way to move forward in starting a brand new family holiday tradition.