Three tips for planning your summer vacation

Three tips for planning your summer vacation

This week, Mama Kat has prompted me to write about a memorable summer. I immediately knew which summer that was: 2009. Here are my top three tips for planning a summer vacation:

1) Plan a trip.

2) Host a party.

3) Sign up for a summer sport.

Here' s why:

1) Plan a trip. Our summer trips have changed A LOT over the years. In 2009, we traveled to Southeast Asia (Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand) to visit a friend. That worked for us then. Post-child, our family takes a yearly trip to a friend's lake house in Charlevoix, Michigan. That's what works for us now. I look forward to a trip because:

  • Traveling takes me outside of my comfort zone. I was worried about my homebody husband in Asia. His reaction: "Asia is way better than Europe. Europe is like an old United States. I feel like I'm really somewhere different here."
  • Most of our summer trips include friends. It is way more fun (and way cheaper) to travel con amigos.
  • I escape the daily grind. Not being on my own turf means I can't be bothered with the mail, laundry, or dog (sorry, Sophie).

2) Host a party. My parents turned 60 and 70 in the summer of 2009, and we threw them a huge party. I love hosting parties, and here's what makes them fun:

  • We get to celebrate a milestone. People turn out for milestone events (birthdays, graduations, etc). Especially when there's cake.
  • Everyone gets into the theme. That same summer, I hosted an engagement party for my Sox fan friend and her Cubs fanatic fiancé. You can bet that their respective sides dressed up accordingly.
  • I try to include a memorable novelty. For my parents' party, I focused on where they were born: I flew in crab legs from Maryland (not so cheap) for my dad, and Blue Bunny ice cream (very cheap) for my mom.

3) Sign up for a summer sport. Soccer was our sport of choice for four years. My husband and I would play in a weekly league with our friends. 2009 was the best, because our team also dominated trivia at the local watering hole. Here's why I miss that summer:

  • I exercised, and it was actually fun. I will run, but I kind of really very much hate it. However, running around for a purpose is way okay, a littler better. 
  • We were participating in an activity that couldn't last forever. Obviously, summer weather only lasts for a finite amount of time. And now that we're in the 'burbs, playing soccer with our city friends is just not as easy.
  • Hubby and I had a built-in date night. While we didn't need it pre-child, it was still great to have that day on the calendar. I miss playing a team sport with my guy.

What was your most memorable summer? What tips do you have for planning a summer vacation?


Please LIKE Social Butterfly Mom on Facebook and subscribe below!

Type your email address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Leave a comment