The end of the summer holidays is always a conflicting time. Families are switching into back to school planning mode, scrubbing out lunch boxes, organising school uniforms and shoes. Helping to prepare their little ones for new teachers and new classes. There is a huge sense of excitement that surrounds heading back to school but there is also that looming feeling of not being ready to say goodbye to the good times of summer just yet.
Instead of leaving all the back to school planning for the last second, spread it out over the months before school and instead plan the ultimate trip to celebrate.
Make it a Team Effort
No two families are the same. A family that has 5 children is vastly different from a family that only has one child. Siblings may not enjoy the same things as one another either. The best thing you can do to expand the possibilities of your trip is to make planning it a team effort.
Get all the members of the family involved in the planning process, ask for feedback and be honest about what you want to get out of the trip. Doing this will ensure that the vacation is an enjoyable one for all involved.
Consider a Staycation
If you don’t want to go far from home, consider vacationing from the comforts of your humble abode. A staycation is an amazing way to enjoy some time together relaxing and exploring your own community. Not only that, but it’s an inexpensive way to celebrate the coming of back to school.
Take the time to visit local parks, restaurants and attractions that you haven’t had the chance to check out. Visit little shops, bakeries and delis. You can even pick up some stuff for back to school on the way. This is a great way to find unique items that no one else will have in school.
Road Trips are the ultimate summer experience. Travelling down a long stretch of road, headed to a destination of your choice, wind blowing through your hair while the radio plays your favourite songs. What could be better?
A family road trip is an amazing trip to take before back to school comes as it’s a fantastic way to say goodbye to those summer months and welcome the autumn.
Soon the days of summer spontaneity will be a thing of the past. Everyone will be getting back to basics, back to school, back to homework and back to routine. Plan to be spontaneous on your trip. Whether that means not booking activities at your destination and flying by the seat of your pants or just hitting the road to a destination unknown, let spontaneity be your guide this one last time before the hustle and bustle of school becomes your guide.
Planning the ultimate trip before back to school doesn’t have to be complicated. Just make sure that you involve everyone in your family in the planning process, do something everyone wants and don’t forget to include a little bit of spontaneity in your plans.
Sarah Anguish is a thirtysomething-year-old northerner who now lives in Norfolk with her husband and three children. Previously working for the NHS in various roles for 15 years before being made redundant in 2016. She is now a work from home mum who showcases family life, home decor, travel and everything in between on her award-winning blog www.boorooandtiggertoo.com. Whilst working from home may not have been part of the plan, it allows her the greatest flexibility around the needs and activities for her children.