Thoughts on a Family Vacation

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Are we There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

There are so many wonderful and magical places in the world to visit and experience. The word vacation means different things to different people. Daily life with busy schedules jammed with multiple sports and school activities makes the idea of time that enables us to reconnect and cement our family relationships a motivation to expend time and resources on a vacation. Studies have sought to explain the why we are willing to splurge on a holiday. A travel industry study identified nine motives for pleasure as opposed to business travel, “escape from a perceived mundane environment, exploration and evaluation of self, relaxation, prestige, regression,
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These trips to faraway places are for another time, for while they may be prestigious, enriching or educational and meet my desire for novelty, they would not appeal to my families’ motivations for vacation.

My vision of an ideal holiday conjures up images of a tropical rainforest at the edge of an azure lagoon nestled by ivory sands shadowed by tall coconut trees with over-water thatched roofed bungalows featuring glass-bottomed floors, with stunning views of the marine life below. Private beaches with hammocks at the bottom of lush tropical slopes and valleys that blossom with hibiscus are my idea of paradise. The most important element is that nothing is scheduled. My time is free and I can follow my whims and whimsies. There must be a Spa with fragrant treatments that makes me feel refreshed, and multiple staff whose dearest wish is to predict my needs and wants and respond in an instant. Cordon Blu delicacies and pretty fruity drinks in elegant crystal glasses decorated with little paper umbrellas are the icing on the cake. These components speak to my wish for relaxation and escape from the mundane routines of everyday stressful life. It would offer opportunities for social interaction and time to enrich and renew kinship – family relationships.


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