I have a recurring dream . We are taking the children on a trip and I forget something important, we do not have time to get to the airport or I’m trying to pack and we have no clean laundry. Maybe this has its root in the truth.
Our family is notorious for spur of the moment vacations/outings.
We made the decision to head out on our last tent camping trip a mere 5 hours before we left the house. That’s packing clothes, food, bedding, dishes, tents, chairs, cleaning supplies, everything for 12 people into a 12 person van in just 5 hours. (Yes, I am still pretty impressed we pulled that one off.)
We did it again with this year’s vacation. At 3:30 on Friday afternoon we made the decision. By 7am on Saturday we were packed and in the van starting our 8 hour drive to the Carolina coast.
Two week old, Nathaniel was a champ on the drive down and we made it through with just a few nursing stops.
The other children made good use of the stops to use the bathroom and get some wiggles out.
One advantage of doing a last minute beach vacation is that you can get great deals on rental houses (which for our large family is much less expensive than trying to stay in a hotel). I call a rental company in the area we’re hoping to visit (we choose beaches with mostly private homes and few public beach access areas) and ask if there are any owners who are motivated to rent their house for the next week and are willing to be flexible with the price. We’ve done this twice now. One time we payed half of the off-season rate and this time they reduced the rate by a few hundred dollars.
We ended up with a nice house right on the water. Each night we were able to open up the windows and enjoy the noise of the waves crashing on the beach, lovely.
We spent our time building sand castles,
loving the baby,
playing in the sand,
celebrating a birthday,
touching Loggerhead turtle eggs (and watching 10 little Loggerhead hatchlings make their way to the ocean.),
did I mention loving the baby,
So despite (or perhaps because of) our last minute tendencies, we had a relaxing, enjoyable, blessed time at the beach
with our most favorite people in the whole world.
Are you a planner or spontaneous when it comes to vacations?
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