FACT: Traveling as a family becomes more difficult as your children get older.
I’ve known this for years, but up until this point, my family still managed to plan the bulk of our getaways together.
Those days are drawing to a close. With a nearly 18, 19 and 21 year old (am I really that old???)- that’s about to change. My kids don’t have the flexibility with their jobs that my husband has.
It’s become a major achievement to plan a weekend away together since my kids are often scheduled to work, or have plans of their own that don’t involve mom or dad. And let’s not forget that one of the three is away at boot camp right now.
Yes, I knew the day would come when my husband and I would be traveling more as a couple than as a family and I admit that I was a bit emotional at the mere thought. But you know what? There are perks to traveling as a couple versus family travel.
1. It’s typically cheaper to travel as a couple than as a family of five. Not always. Sometimes my husband and I like to splurge, but that’s in rare or special occasions, not something that occurs on every trip.
2. When we travel as a couple, we’re on our own schedule. We can take as long or as little time as we see fit at each attraction or destination. Sure, there are times that my husband doesn’t enjoy a particular museum or tour as much as I do and vice versa. The difference is, we’re much more patient than our children.
3. We can stop at all the roadside attractions we want and no one will complain. Ever.
4. Kisses are common and no one is grossed out.
This week, my husband and I will be heading to Branson, Missouri….alone. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this, as I’ve only heard good things about the area and really want to tour the Titainic Museum Branson. Of course we’ll be taking in some shows but that’s not all we’ll do, but I’m not going to spill all the details yet.
Instead, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and follow the hashtag #ExploreBranson. I plan to share fun tidbits, money saving tips, quick reviews on-the-go of the attractions we visit and some travel tips here and there for those of you that would like to plan your own trip. For those of you already interested in all Branson has to offer, you can visit the website and plan a getaway of your own and remember to check back because I’ll share all about our trip next week.
Have you been to Branson, Missiouri? Leave a comment and share your favorite attraction.