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Low Cost   Vacations And Family Values

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The family vacation is a tradition intended to bring families closer together and one that many of us would
just not think of giving up. Quality time for the family reinforces the importance of family values. It's
sort "time out" from the day to day routine of living and growing. A chance to focus on getting to know better
of a
those that are most important to us, our family. Of course, how much importance you place on this event
depends on your past experiences...In today'...



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The family vacation is a tradition intended to bring families closer together and one that many of us would
just not think of giving up. Quality time for the family reinforces the importance of family values. It's
sort "time out" from the day to day routine of living and growing. A chance to focus on getting to know better
of a
those that are most important to us, our family. Of course, how much importance you place on this event
depends on your past experiences...In today's fast paced society a vacation just isn't a vacation unless
its
costing you a small fortune to get to, and stay at, some exotic venue that usually offers no excitement
without dishing out more money. I suggest we put on the brakes and get back to basics. You surely won't have
a better opportunity to do so than on the family vacation...Let's not forget that the "family" extends
beyond life. Most of us have family that we rarely get to spend time with either because of distance or
our home
time
issues. But, one should always make time for family. Right? I knew you would agree!!!Not trying to make you
feel guilty here but, we do have a way of letting life rush us through the years. I call it "non-intentional
neglect" and most of us are guilty of it at some point in our lives. So, let's re-invent the family vacation
to include some real quality time that reinforces the value of our families...Would you consider a visit
to
grandparents, distant uncles, or a friend's home a vacation? When I was growing up, the family vacation
usually meant visiting family members who lived some distance away. Coming from a family of limited finances,
this tradition was budget friendly yet, was sufficient to satisfy our need to escape the norms of home
life...Of course, as the teen age years approached, it became harder and harder for my mom to convince us that
"we would have a good time" visiting the relatives. Some of which we had already spent several vacations
visiting and had, I guess, lost their uniqueness to us as teenagers...That said, if any of you can figure
out makes a teenager happy, except socializing with their own peers, then congrats! Let me know your secret.
what
All kidding aside, I believe that they still enjoy the family outings but have a strong resistance
to
acknowledging that they are actually having fun. In other words, they are having fun and just refuse to admit
it!!!I was a single parent for many years and just didn't have the money for family vacations requiring
hotel and admission fees. I guess I followed in my mother's footsteps in hoping that a visit out of town would
stays
suffice. And it did. For many years, the family vacation consisted of a visit to a dear friend or
family home who was willing to put up with four kids for a week. These are truly "beloved friends and
member's
family!"""I am fortunate to have a good friend for life who has two children within the same age group as
my
kids. Since we didn't get to visit often throughout the year, these visits were exciting for both my kids
and who had become good friends...So, by all means plan to visit a family member's, or friend's, home for
hers
a
week. Young children especially enjoy these trips. They make new friends and the family ties are strengthened.
  This is an excellent way to reinforce family values and the importance of keeping in touch with family
members that may live some distance from your home...Do a little research before you go. Find out if there are
any museums, historical sites, low cost attractions, or state parks within driving distance from where you'll
be staying and plan to visit. Remember to ask the family member or friend you are visiting if they have any
suggestions. Since they live in the area, they will most likely be aware of popular spots. Ask about bowling,
roller skating, or special movie nights in the area and plan accordingly. You can even plan some game or
craft activities to keep everyone busy and having fun...For those of you who have worn out your welcome or
simply don't have family within a reasonable distance, finding vacation spots that will provide a memorable
experience for everyone in the family can be a challenge. Especially on a tight budget. Don't be discouraged,
it is not impossible. Plan for your vacation and include it in your budget. This is the easiest way to prepare
for a vacation expense and take the stress out of planning...Wherever you go, whatever you do, don't lose
sight of the value of a family vacation. Be sure to schedule quality time together no matter what your
destination. Be safe and enjoy!

				
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