I think vacations are very important to one's sanity. Everyone needs a break from their jobs and life to relax, rejuvenate, spend time with their loved ones and reconnect. Daily life is so busy, so hectic...it's easy to get so involved in trying to make ends meet and provide our kids with an enriching life that we miss out on truly bonding.
If you're anything like me, you understand how unrelaxing being at home can sometimes be. Don't get me wrong, I love my home and I love being lazy and relaxing here....but the dishes stare at me, the laundry piles, the phone rings.....life interrupts constantly. I cannot truly relax or bond with my family unless we escape our daily lives, and that means getting away from our home and all it's responsibilities.
We take a vacation every year, and it's really not a luxury, it is a must for us. Moneywise, we always make it happen even if it means giving up other things and sacrificing. We keep everything to a minimum and stick to a strict budget so we can make it happen. Last year we went to the beach for 6 days and I was unbelievably proud that we made a $300 food budget and stuck to it!!
Disney is our #1 vacation designation, and even that we manage to do on a strict budget. We stay in a value resort during value season, and luckily the last few years, have been able to take advantage of the free dining promotion. We look forward to these trips, these bonding experiences, the entire year. We can sit back and relax- no dishes to do, no laundry- and have fun with our kids.