Vacation Planning: New Questions to Consider

As summer creeps closer and closer many of us have begun to ponder, plan, and possibly dread an upcoming vacation.  Vacations are intended to be a great time of fun and relaxation, but they don’t always end up that way.

Lately my wife and I have been discussing the future of vacations for our family, and it’s led to some interesting discussion and debate.  Whenever vacation is brought up there are standard questions:  where are we going to go, how much are we willing to spend, and when are we going to go?  We’ve now come across a few new questions:  how old should the kids be before we go, how far are we willing to drive with two toddlers, and what can we expect to be different now that we are travelling with toddlers?

Our First Planned Vacation with Two Toddlers

Looking at the first of our new questions, how old should the kids be before we go, there are many things to consider.  We are planning a trip for the end of July, and at that point our girls will be 31 months and 14 months old.  We started planning a bit late, and that led us to a decision between camping and not going.  The girls will be young, and we are completely unsure about the probability of success, but we are going camping.

We are taking family from out-of-state up to Traverse City, Michigan.  We love it up there and we want to show it off to our family.  Do we have other options, so that we don’t have to camp with two little ones?  Yes.  Are we stubborn as heck?  Yes.  We are willing to risk some loss of sleep in order to create the mini-vacation that we hope will come to be.  We’ve selected campsites that will minimize disturbance to other campers while giving us easy access to bathrooms and water.  Hopefully it works out, and I think it will, but I’ll let you know at the end of July.

The Disney World Debate

We’ve also been in more of a debate about the future vacations we may go on—specifically Disney World.  This is a debate we entered into many years ago, and will probably continue for years after we do or do not go to Disney World.

The debate is rooted in cost vs. value.  I have been to Disney World a few times, and I can’t wait to see our little ones as they meet the characters, tour the parks, and simply enjoy life at Disney World.  Bettina, my wife, has not been to Disney World, and doesn’t understand how it can be worth spending so much—especially when the kids are so young.

So now this debate has picked up again, because I just learned that Disney charges full price for children ages 2 and up.  We are paying for one child no matter when we go, but if we wait until just before our youngest’s second birthday we can save some money and still get plenty out of the trip.  I’m not going to go any further into this right now as the debate is still in progress, but my point is that each vacation plan has new wrinkles to it now that children are involved.  And I love it!

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One thought on “Vacation Planning: New Questions to Consider

  1. As someone who has been to Disney World as well, here are my 2 cents on this matter. If you’re going to spend that much money I’d wait until J is a little older and let her be able to have her memories and be able to enjoy it more. It would also be more enjoyable for both of you since you won’t have to take turns sitting with the child that is too small for the ride etc. I think it is an awesome place for everyone…I still like going….. but if you went to early neither of them would really be able to enjoy it nor would they really remember it.

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