Have you established vacation policies with yourself or your family? I told Girl Ninja when we first got married I would take her on at least one vacation a year for every year we were without child. Last year we went to San Francisco for a long weekend and Hawaii for 10 days. After only one year, we’ve been forced to rethink that policy (no, we are not pregnant).
Instead of going on one “big time” vacation like Hawaii, Aruba, or Germany, this year we basically are taking a million small vacations to the same place… San Diego. Two of Girl Ninja’s sisters are getting married in the next few months which makes for a lot of travel. I think she’s already been down to SD three times this year.
For spring break, we are both heading down that way for a week (and yes I fully intend to eat my body weight in California Burritos while I’m there). We will be back May 5th for my sister-in-law’s college graduation. Girl Ninja is heading down that way Memorial Day weekend for a bachelorette party (I’ll be in Malibu, Canada that weekend). We are both heading down in June for her sister’s wedding. The weekend after that, we’ll be kicking it in Las Vegas for a Ninja family reunion. And the last week in June we will be venturing north to Canada to take our high school kids to summer camp for a week.
Phew, I think that’s it.
So even though we might not find it in the budget (or our Calendar) to make a trip to Fiji this year, we definitely will be getting our vacation on. Stepping away from work, even if for a stay-cation or a long weekend trip, I believe is crucial to one’s mental and relational health.
Do you make sure to take a little time off every now and again? Do you go big every few years (like we did last year)? Or do you enjoy many short trips throughout the year (like we are doing this year)? What is your vacation policy?