We usually travel during the summer – it’s our big budget splurge – and after a dozen home exchanges in 10-years, our family has traveled to several countries and states. But, with two teenagers, we are not taking a family summer vacation this year.
A friend of mine told me recently there’s no such thing as ‘vacationing’ with teenagers. It’s really more of a ‘business trip’ when it comes to family trips and teenagers. This really speaks to me. If you have teenagers, maybe you can relate, too. On a home exchange trip to Spain, my teens felt the need to give me set of rules. Imagine!
The teens are doing some traveling on their own. Both flew (separately and alone) to the east coast to visit family and friends. Gaining independence with time away from home and negotiating around without me to hawk over them are all good things.
Both of my teenagers are in high school – one will be a senior and the other a sophomore. My daughter, the younger teen, tried to convince us she needed a cell-phone for the trip and I almost gave in. At 15-and-a-half, she knows the old-timer skill of how to call home – collect. (Do kids need cell phones? I’m not sure.) My son, who will be a senior, is looking at colleges on the east coast. Our dear friend’s dad is taking him to tour several schools around Boston.
Since both kids were gone, Brad and I headed out of town for a camping trip last week. Just the two of us. It was a blast! We did a 10-mile hike, hit a couple of swimming holes, and got shut-out on the fishing. All this without any complaints. It was heavenly.
When we got home from camping and did the mounds of laundry, Brad flew to the east coast to meet up with the kids and his family while I’m enjoying a few peaceful days in the house – by myself.
That sound you just heard? It’s me – skipping about the empty house.
So, no big family trip for us. Maybe we’ll go on another vacation when it’s more fun to travel as a family. Until then, happy travels to you!
What are your vacation plans for the summer? Any big trips planned?
Go Gingham related links:
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Camp cooking supplies and what I cook with
Our first home exchange is here
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