Did you know that this January 28th is National Plan for Vacation Day? Yea, neither did I! Alamo Rent A Car told me about it a while ago, and I’ve been loving this idea.
Alamo also taught me a couple years ago that many Americans don’t use their vacation time, so I think making this a national celebration is a brilliant idea. Putting it on the calendar each year as a reminder to sit down and plan out downtime is important — whether you are going abroad or visiting family. It’s not about an expensive trip – it’s about resting, recharging, and reconnecting with loved ones.
From now on, I’ll be adding into my planner to sit down on the last Tuesday of January and make some vacation plans. There are some wonderful ways to get the kids involved as well: let them check out books from the library and make a list of destinations they want to explore, if you have a fourth grader—sign them up for a free national parks pass, or make a family travel bucket list to work through together.
You can also head over to the Alamo website and take advantage of some of their free travel printables for kids. They have a fun printable called “trav-libs” – a travel inspired version of mad libs. I remember laughing hysterically at these when I was younger, and the boys are the same way.
Another free printable we have really loved and started collecting is their family “fill-in-the-memory vacation journal.” Our boys are young (five and seven), but they’ve been to a whole lot of neat and interesting places. Sure, we have photos from our excursions, but these fill in journals prompt them to share their own experience, and I’m really looking forward to going through these in a few years when they’re older.
Alamo has a very clear passion for helping families travel together, they have fabulous family benefits at their rental locations, but also on their website! If you are celebrating National Plan For Vacation Day and looking for thoughtful and creative ways to get your kids involved, be sure to check out this article on the Alamo travel blog, The Scenic Route, called “Vacation Trip Planner: 5 Ways To Get Your Kids Involved.” It has the complete round up of clever travel activities for kids, and I love it. As you celebrate this thoughtful special occasion, I hope you’re able to launch into 2020 knowing a vacation is the on the horizon for you and your loved ones. Don’t forget, the destination isn’t half as fun as your travel companions!