We love to travel, and it has gotten easier and more possible this last year with my husband’s new job and the boys getting older and more independent. Preparing for each trip requires some thoughts about how we will re-acclimate after each getaway. A lot of times, vacation for mamas is nothing more than doing all the chores you’d typically do in a different zip code, while managing cranky and overstimulated children.
Going on vacation is meant to be a joyous and relaxing time, but that isn’t always the case. No matter how much you want to visit a place (such as the Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop), think to yourself first what you can do to make this trip a little bit easier for you and figure out a way to make sure that you will enjoy yourself.
Alamo Rent A Car’s recent Family Vacation Survey* revealed that 1 in 4 people found vacationing with family more exhausting than relaxing. Moms are more likely to need additional time off after vacation to get caught up on the chores that accumulate during the vacation! I’ve compiled a quick check list of suggestions to make the transition from vacation living to reality check more enjoyable before you go, so you can be more present and less anxious about your trip!
1) Order grocery delivery for the day you arrive or the morning after. I’ve found so much peace of mind by creating a simple meal plan for our return and ordering groceries (a service many places offer for free these days!)
2) Before you leave, make sure your laundry is all caught up! Empty that washer and dryer, so you can unpack your suitcase right into the laundry machines.
3) Before you head out, or even while killing time in an airport, draft a schedule of activities/appointments you’ll have when you return.
4) Get physical! Schedule a gym date with yourself or go for a long walk. Use that time to get focused and energized to reenter the real world!
5) Consider asking a friend to take your kiddos a couple of hours after you return so you can tackle the mountain of chores and get organized. Ask before you leave for vacation, so you can savor vacation mountains knowing you’ll have a little time to adjust while your kids are at a playdate.
6) If your kids are older, be sure to delegate tasks to them (and your partner!). They enjoyed vacation, and now they can help with the post trip workload!
Check out this fact sheet to learn more about Alamo’s Family Vacation Survey findings. *
The 2018 Alamo Family Vacation Survey was conducted from Jan. 2-4, 2018, with 1,501 adults from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey was fielded using the Research Now online consumer panel. At the time of the survey, participants had to have been at least 18 years of age or older; be married/in a domestic partnership or have a child under the age of 22; and taken one or more trips with their immediate family and/or their extended family in the past five years. Age and gender data is reflective to the adult population based on U.S. Census data. Millennials are defined as 21 to 36 year olds.