It's hard to believe that summer is coming to an end. School is back in session but the extreme heat feels like it's here to stay. Soon enough, I'll be missing the warmth of the sun and the leisurely pace I've enjoyed these last few months. One week from today, I'll be in Walt Disney World with a couple of my friends and teammates from Dream Come True Vacations. It's certainly not easy for us moms to sneak away, even for a long weekend. Between the three of us, we're leaving five kids home with their dads and grandmas. But a s much as I love planning these trips and counting down the days, there's always the inevitable pang of guilt when it's time to go.
Business trips are a little easier to justify. I remind myself how fortunate I am to work from home; the occasional conference is a fair trade. But when I'm leaving for a girls weekend or a night away with my husband, I struggle a little more. I wonder, does looking forward to these trips or having as much fun as I do make me a terrible person? (Spoiler alert : No. ) Over time, I've learned that these trips are invaluable; it's like hitting a refresh button, both mentally and physically. The truth is, it's a well deserved break for anyone that works hard at the office or at home (or both) and there's no shame in admitting that once and a while, I need it! Trust me, I still feel sad and admittedly, cry a little every time I travel without my daughter but there's a little less guilt these days. Sometimes leaving makes coming home even sweeter.
Looking for a reason to book your own getaway without the kids? Here are three great ones:
#1. Take time to reconnect. A survey done by U.S. Travel Association in 2016 found that 86% of respondents who travel as a couple believe “the romance is still alive in their relationship." Relax with a couples massage in Mexico or get a little adventurous with an excursion to Dunn's River Fall in Jamaica. Take the trip, for science.
#2. Girls (and guys!) just wanna have fun. Get your best girls together for a wine weekend in Napa. No one wants to be left out so let the guys plan a few nights in Vegas. Are you friends with a few couples that might enjoy traveling, too? Plan a trip together! Even a long weekend away would be a blast for all.
#3. Family time. Now that we're older, my cousins and I are a little more spread out. We're very close, and I miss getting to see them often. We've found that getting away for a few days is the best way to reconnect and spend time together, just like when we were kids. If you have parents, siblings, cousins or even close friends that you miss, plan a trip. You'll treasure that time together.