The Laundry Moms Welcome Travel Agent, Tom Golden this week
as our featured guest writer for our Summer Birthday Bash series!
Check Out Tom’s Tried & True Tips on Why family Vacations work and are a MUST!
Are vacations at the top of your list of important things to do each year? Do you prioritize the family vacation or do they always seem to get postponed? Professional Travel Agent, Dr. Tom Golden, shares with our readers some powerful insights on why the family vacation works and how you can maximize your time together as a family!
Family vacation planning should be considered one of the most important things in our lives. The family represents what we have learned in our past, where we are in our present and where we will be in our future. This is where we learned to love and to share both laughter and tears. As the children grow up and the family spreads out, it is important to plan trips that get the family together again. Don’t wait until the last-minute to plan your family trip.
Family is where you get all your values from, and family vacations are the best time to teach and learn them from one another, as well as spend time with the ones you love. The relaxation that a vacation will provide your family with is another benefit of scheduling one. Today, children must operate and function differently than they had to in the past. School age children are often bombarded with large amounts of homework, on a daily basis. This homework, along with active sport schedules and pressure to be the best, can be difficult for children to handle. A vacation may provide them with the rest and relaxation that they need and deserve.
Keep in mind there is also a biblical mandate for rest!
♦ as refreshment from labor: Ex 20:8-11; 31:12-17 (Sabbath rest)
♦ as relief from anxiety of mind and spirit: Ec 2:22-23 (What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity)
♦ as recuperation from fatigue: Mt 8:24 (Jesus asleep in the boat during the storm)
Vacations Relieve Stress in Lasting Ways: It should come as no surprise that vacations that include plenty of free time bring stress relief, but research shows that a good vacation can lead to the experience of fewer stressful days at least five weeks later! That means that vacations are the gift to yourself that keep on giving. The bottom line is that taking a good amount of time away from the stresses of daily life can give us the break we need so that we can return to our lives refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever comes.
Vacations Promote Creativity: A good vacation can help us to reconnect with ourselves, operating as a vehicle for self-discovery and helping us get back to feeling our best.
Vacations Stave Off Burnout: Workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their overworked, under-rested counterparts.
Vacations Can Keep Us Healthy: Taking regular time off to ‘recharge your batteries’, thereby keeping stress levels lower, can keep you healthier.
Vacations Promote Overall Well Being: One study found that three days after vacation, subjects’ physical complaints, their quality of sleep and mood had improved as compared to before vacation. These gains were still present five weeks later, especially in those who had more personal time and overall satisfaction during their vacations.
Vacations Can Strengthen Bonds: Spending time enjoying life with loved ones can keep relationships strong, helping you enjoy the good times more and helping you through the stress of the hard times. In fact, a study by the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their marriages.
Vacations Can Help With Your Job Performance: As the authors of the above study suggest, the psychological benefits that come with more frequent vacations lead to increased quality of life, and that can lead to increased quality of work on the job.
As moms, do we take time to just watch our children laugh and play, jumping in to laugh and play with them? As wives, do we sit and bask in the silence with our husband, just enjoying his company? Not at home! There are dishes to wash, phone calls to make, and laundry to do.
Perhaps, the greatest benefit of scheduling a vacation with your family is the amount of time that you will be able to spend together. In this day in age, many families are rarely able to spend time together. Long work hours, homework, and busy sports schedules often prevent a family from enjoying dinner or other fun activities together. In some cases, a vacation is the only way that a family can spend uninterrupted time together.
T. Suzanne Eller recently discovered that 99% of teens would choose a weekend with their parents over a $200 gift certificate at their favorite store (see her book Real Issues, Real Teens). Kids deeply desire their parent’s attention and shared fun experiences. In my decade as a youth pastor, I found that it was much easier praying with kids if I’d spent the day playing with them.
We remember experiences far more than what we only see or hear.
Tips for a great vacation!
1) Plan in advance. Planning ahead will often save you money on all of the big vacation expenses like airfare, hotels and even attractions. This is where a travel professional can really help. You plan a vacation once or twice a year. A professional travel agent plans several vacations a day. He/she is up on the latest places to go, things to see, and the best travel values.
2) Leave work at home. Unless you have one of those jobs where you absolutely must maintain communication with your work, don’t take work with you, don’t check your e-mail or text messages, and don’t answer your cell phone. It may take you some time when you get back to work to get back up to speed, but your family deserves your full attention while on vacation – not to mention the fact that you need time away from work as well!
3) Value your time together. Your living, sleeping and eating arrangements may well be different. Your family may have to sleep in one room together. You may not be able to find a quiet place. You may not be able to prepare food as you would at home. Be aware of these factors going into a vacation and don’t stress out about them. Rather, make the best of your circumstances, valuing these unique experiences and enjoying your family’s time together.
4) Relax. You cannot see everything, do everything and experience everything in one vacation. Don’t even try. Don’t plan out every minute of your vacation. Leave room in your schedule for spontaneity. Be willing to compromise on activities. On vacation, no one ever gets to do everything they want to do, but do your best to make sure that everyone in the family gets to do something that they want to do (moms and dads included!)
For more information on how you can plan your next amazing family vacation, and receive amazing customer service, check out Tom Golden Travel today!!!!
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