My wife Anne-Marie and I have been married for nearly 12 years, and we have only ever been on vacation once! After a long and difficult year, we’ve decided to take some time off and do some fun things as a family, things we haven’t had time to do.
So where should we go? What should we do?
Well, I had a crazy idea, and Anne-Marie was crazy enough to think it was a good one! Why not have a holiday at home?
That’s right, stay right here! After all, we’re not trying to get away from home, but from things that prevent us from spending more time together at home. This means that, for a whole week, we will do the following:
- Turn off the home phone, but keep two mobile phones strictly for contacting each other, no other usage
- Turn off the Internet
- Turn off the computers
- We don’t have a TV, so we don’t need to turn that off
- Organise a field trip every day: museum, art gallery, zoo, park, aquarium, etc.
- Have some planned fun activities at home: crafts, cooking, gardening, chasing each other around the house etc.
- Write a journal entry every day, some of which will be later entered in this blog
- Take lots of photos and movies
Part of the rationale for this decision is that vacations tend to be stressful, especially with young children. They also tend to be costly. We want to enjoy being together without the pressure of study, work, or technology. But the most important reason is that this idea fits perfectly with the concept of unschooling. We have a 2 1/2 boisterous boy who is passionate about everything new with which he comes in contact. This holiday will enable us to introduce him to many vivid and concrete experiences, giving him a chance to develop new interests and learn from the “real world”.
I’ve just found out that, not surprisingly, my idea wasn’t particularly original, as millions of people are doing this at this very moment. It’s called a “staycation”