Our home-based vacation

21 Jul

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


Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Life


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3 responses to “Our home-based vacation

  1. yalandarose

    July 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

    good idea. vacations are a lot of work too

  2. Frank

    August 29, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I always need a vacation to recuperate from vacations so a staycation sounds nice.

  3. sue patterson

    August 29, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Thanks for sharing this with the Unschooling Blog Carnival!
    Hope you all had a wonderful time with your Stay-cation! 🙂


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