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A Vacation Away From the Kids Is Easier Than You Think

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Every mother needs to take a breather from time to time. So often you find yourself worrying about your child’s next spelling test, next swim meet, next check up at the doctor’s; your finances, the laundry. You’re so busy figuring out how you’re going to get everyone where they need to go on time that there is no time left for you; what is it that you want? Where do you want to go?

Most busy women just want to catch a break; go somewhere far away to compartmentalize, unwind, sleep in and let loose a little. Of course, it’s difficult to leave the kids, and the million things piling up on your never-ending agenda, but taking a step back sometimes is important. It’ll have you refreshed, re-charged, and ready to be that much more productive when you get back.

Whether you’re planning a trip to the Caribbean with five of your best girlfriends, or a romantic getaway with the hubby, here are a few tips. The first, many vacation packages go on sale last minute – the same resort can be up to 50% cheaper if you book the week of but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan ahead. If you don’t mind waiting to book – be strategic about it. Watch the sales as they go up and down; know where you want to go, what kind of experience you’re looking for, and when so when you finally do book, you don’t encounter any surprises.

Next, have a very clear goal for your vacation – is it to reignite your marriage flame? Is it to party your heart out? Is it to sit in nature and in quiet contemplation? While a clear blue waterfront or beach is characteristic of many resorts down that way; every vacationing experience offers something special. Find the one that’ll suit your needs. You might for example, want to choose a resort that isn’t designated for families travelling with their kids! If you want to experience the urban culture and sight see – pick a hotel that’s close to, or in the heart of the city. If you don’t plan to leave the bedroom – make sure it’s a quality suite.

Check the weather in advance and try to avoid rainy or hurricane seasons – pack appropriately and don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a first aid kit, and of course your swimsuit. If you want to look your best on the beach, find a womens swimsuit that looks great by complimenting your body type; check online for sales on websites that have a stock of trendy pieces to choose from even in off seasons.

Finally, stay logged out of your work e-mail, turn your phone off for most of the day, force yourself to take a step away from checking your messages; studies show if you try to work during designated break time – you actually wind up feeling more tired. Trust the work will be there when you get back – and people will manage without you for a few short days. This is your chance to enjoy the sunshine, and some you time.