As kids, we were all about the memories we create, we spent so much of our time subconsciously creating these memories without a care for responsibilities. As adults, we are more concerned with making a living for ourselves, our immediate and extended families included. These most times cause a disconnect between family members because everyone is most times caught up in their own selfishness.
It is without a doubt that as kids, a bulk of our fun memories was made when everyone in the family was together, living and breathing under one roof. Even now as adults, we still look back at those memories and smile. Usually, some families prefer to travel while some prefer to stay in their environment during the holidays. Not to overlook the memories and the quality of the time spent together, family vacations are ultimately very important because it is that one time of the year for families to feel closer together and bond. At times, disputes are settled and conflicts are squashed among siblings. What’s important is not only the location of the family vacations, but also, the memories created together.
There are so many reasons why family vacations are so important and popular practised by many families. First, everyone needs a break sometimes from their daily hustles to relax. The period of vacations is when you’re allowed to have zero worries about work and its strict busy schedule which are always mentally and physically exhausting. Vacation is a time to hang your legs and just chill. Growing up, I remember my grandpa (May his soul rest in peace) would mandate it for my parents and everyone to switch off their phones during family vacations. He’d say “if you won’t switch it off, at least have the courtesy of putting it on silent mode).
I remember that as children, these vacations also helped my siblings and I bond better with my parent without us having to carry the burden of work and school respectively. It also exposed us to new ways of life, experience diverse cultures, people, local dishes, and the history of the place first hand. The world becomes a learning ground outside of school and this is a good investment in the future and character of the kids as they typically become more open-minded and aren’t excited by singular stories. I used to brag to my friends back then that I’d have another story to tell in my English compositions when we’re asked to write about how we spent our last holiday and to show off to my social studies teacher that I knew something she probably didn’t know. It used to be all banter and fun back then.
Parents get to know their children better during family vacations because, in some way, they are relieved of some parenting duties like taking out the laundry, house cleaning and even cooking meals as these are usually replaced by room services and of course the pressure of work is out of the equation. During these vacations, it’s all about family time and to do fun things. From relaxing on the beach, taking in the scenery while sipping cocktails, playing in the sand with the kids and watch yourself behave years younger than you are or just visiting historic sites and landmarks and broadening your horizon, ultimately, family vacations are all about having fun and bonding. Kids get to be children and play, which helps them to be better creative thinkers and adults become better problem solvers away from all the limiting factors.