My husband and I have been together for 8 years and we’ve never been on a family vacation. Well never isn’t quite accurate, a few years back we were selfish and left our only daughter at the time with her grandparents and took a road trip to spend a week in Vegas to celebrate our 5th anniversary.
We moved to a small island I’m sure you’ve never heard of overseas and now that we are in Europe I’m determined to take a vacation once a year. Travelling is so cheap once you are already overseas that it would really be foolish not to! I don’t know if we will be here for 5 years or 50 so I have to take advantage of it while it lasts. The key is planning vacations around the special offers and discounts airfare. Even if we just buy cheap tickets to Madrid, Barcelona or Paris and then catch the train from there to someplace we are more interested in.
One of the first places on our list is France. My daughter has been in love with Paris ever since she has been a Littlest Pet Shop fan so that is definitely on our list of places to go. The thing is, between us just getting settled, getting jobs and taking care of necessities we won’t have vacation in France money for a couple of years at best. I had told her a while back that our first family vacation would be to France because I wanted it to be special. On the other hand I don’t want to wait two to three years to take our first vacation in order to make that happen. Let’s be real a trip to France is special no matter when you do it so we are trying to make that her 10th birthday present make it super special and go to Euro-Disney. Hopefully life cooperates and expenses can be within budget without too many unexpected expenses to throw us off of that plan.
In the meantime, we are thinking small long weekend trips. Four day getaways to Madrid, Barcelona and the likes. Every now and then there are offers for €27 to go to Madrid so it’s a matter of having the money saved up to jump on the offer, finding dates that coordinate with Curly Girl being out of school (or let’s face it, for a four day weekend trip just letting her play hooky for two days) and then finding cheap accommodations. The good thing is I know Madrid well enough to know where to eat good and cheap and we would probably only eat out at lunch which is the cheapest meal to eat out besides breakfast but we can have toast with tomato or muffins wherever we stay.
While in Madrid I would have to take my family to Alcalá de Herares where I spent the first 5 years of my life and went back to visit a few summers over the years to see my grandparents. I have a very good memory and can vividly remember where their old apartment is, the park, the corner store I used to get bread and sweets at, the long pathway we walked in the evenings by the river. I want my family to see and experience it and I want to go back and see how much it has changed since I briefly visited last over 10 years ago.
Yes, living in Europe is exciting because it makes the possibility to travel to different countries and experience different cultures, food and places a reality. When we lived in the states we lived a comfortable life but by no means a summer or even a week in Europe kind of life. That would have been more like once in a lifetime. So as someone that spent half of their life overseas I’m excited to be able to provide my kids with the opportunity to go to France and Italy, Holland and Germany and make memories that will last a lifetime. Now to generate the means to make that happen.