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When Is a Vacation Not a Vacation?

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Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: This summer, I took a two-week roadtrip with my kids. We stayed in a different place practically every night and ate out or purchased prepared food almost exclusively. You would think that I kissed the ground when I got home, but the opposite was true. I was actually sorry to come back.

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We all know that a life with small children is one of constant service. On the roadtrip, it was so nice to be able to enjoy my kids without feeling like I should be doing dishes or laundry. For that same reason, I am out with my kids a ton -- parks, museums, plays, the beach .... When I stay home with them, I often find myself slipping away from a game to tidy up the den or clear off the kitchen counter.

We generally like to vacation by going to one place, renting a condo or house on or a similar site and buying our food at local grocery stores so we can cook at our rental place. That can save money, sure, but often it feels as if I'm not on vacation at all. I'm just performing my regular duties in another location. Every year, we spend a week in Mexico. We go with the kids and with my parents, who are in their eighties. That is a real working vacation for me, and I come home exhausted.

I know it sounds counterintuitive, but I'm going to start rethinking our time off and see how I can throw in some short roadtrips here and there so I can recharge. We do live near Route 66 ....

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???? December 4, 2010, 4:33 PM

vacation = no cooking

Anna December 8, 2010, 1:32 PM

I feel the same we - my family and I found a home to rent on and lived like we were on vacation (no dogs, no laundry!) Great article.

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