In just two short weeks, the kids will be home for the summer holidays. Chances are, you’ve already figured out how to keep them continuously entertained for 60 days… right?
(I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to stress you out like that.)
For some parents, summer camp is a viable option. I normally have my boys in day camp for at least three or four weeks during the summer, because I need to work and they need to be busy. But for the weeks they are at home, I often struggle to find ways to stay on top of my work while keeping an eye on them. In the past, I’ve simply declared defeat and rented a cottage for a week. If you have vacation time this summer and are thinking of doing the same, here’s another idea: how about spending a week at an all-inclusive resort in paradise?
Let me break it down for you.
1. Take a vacation, not a relocation. Look, if you’re renting a cottage for a week, it’s a wonderful experience for the kids – not so much for mom. You’re still cooking, cleaning and doing laundry for the entire week while you’re away, in addition to dealing with hours of traffic on the way in and out. Instead, you can spend a week on the beach, letting someone else make your meals (often gourmet), clean your room (with evening turn down service) and offer you fruity drinks by an expansive pool. Trust me when I say that family bonding is easier when you’re not exhausted from housework (er, cottage work).
2. The costs are roughly the same. If you’re not lucky enough to own a cottage or know someone who does, you’ll be renting your lodgings for about $1500 – $5000 per week; again, with all the chores and responsibilities stated in my point above. I would much rather invest that same money and let the entire family have a real vacation! Besides, canoeing in a lake is great… but paddle boarding in the ocean is AWESOME.
3. There are unique learning opportunities. Think your kids won’t have an enriching experience? Think again. Many all-inclusive resorts feature kids’ camps that offer learning-based activities such as cooking classes, theatre performances, scavenger hunts, dance lessons, nature exploration and more – all set in a tropical paradise. In the meantime, mom and dad can grab some quality alone time, giving them a chance to rest and relax.
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5. It’s something the whole family can look forward to. If your kids are home with you for the entire summer, give them something they can mark on their calendars! The anticipation, planning and excitement leading up to a family vacation can make the long summer days go by more quickly – plus, they’ll have great memories to share when they return to school in September.
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This post is sponsored by Air Canada Vacations. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.
Sounds like a good plan to me!
Yes, I wanna go!
Summer camp by the sea? Genius. It sounds like something I would’ve really enjoyed as a kid too.
Oh what a wonderful idea! We’re putting aside some money each week right now hoping for an extended trip next year
Oh what a fabulous idea,I would love this!
#1 is soooooo true!! only down fall from cottage life. Can’t wait for the day that our family can make it happen to rent a cottage for a week but like you said then either I or dad are stuck cooking all the meals and doing the dishes. Whereas if we go away somewhere mommy and daddy don’t have to do ANYTHING work related! i love that
I only wish it were more affordable for larger families like mine. I would be travelling the world
Sure sounds like the perfect plan !
I wish I had a summer camp like this when I was a kid! wow.
We never had any Camps in the area when my kids were young,they would have loved it!
This is definitely something I’d love to save for to do next summer. The ultimate way to keep the kids happy & entertained!
This sounds incredible!
Wow, wouldn’t this be nice. My hubby is home with the kids so don’t need childcare but our daughter is going to a few days camps for something fun to do, our son will be volunteering and applying for jobs.
With all the cool weather we are having I could sure use a vacation somewhere warm!
This looks very ideal for my family. Your posts are fantastic. Keep it up please!
I love the first tip : “Take a vacation, not a relocation”! I cannot relate more! Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time at a cottage but nothing beats a nice resort where I don’t have to worry about anything but relaxing!
I like this idea very much.
Looks amazing, hope to go one day
There are a lot of deals out there and some amazing places you can visit and enjoy. Some have great opportunities for kids (there was a day when I did not even see the kid – amazing!). I don’t go to resorts for young families any more (the kids are much older).
Yes this is awesome; vacation not relocation!
Wow. I never thought of it that way before….but now I do!
Now that’s a camp I would love to go to if I was a kid
A great looking place for families to enjoy.