I’m on a plane right now with my daughter Bird. We’re headed to NYC for a long weekend of girl time: shopping, style, sightseeing…and great restaurants (thanks again for all of your great suggestions!).
I just got an email from my husband Josh. “Landed an hour early in Kauai!” he wrote. “9 am…we’ve got the whole day ahead of us. Headed to the beach!”
Indeed. I think we’re on to something here. We’re on separate vacations, and I think we like it.
It feels liberating and inspiring. There were plenty of times on our long vacation this past summer where Josh and Bear ended up on the “man bench” in a department store or stood awkwardly around as we admired cute, tiny treasures in a museum; there were equally boring moments on our end when Bird and I got dragged to a stadium or had to watch one too many rounds of a foreign video game.
These separate vacations mean that we all stand a good chance of having never a dull moment. They’re also a great way to spend a ton of one-on-one time with our kids.
So, I’m feeling grateful right now that I have enough miles and points to make this happen so easily (and at such a huge discount). I clearly remember the days when we saved up to take one big family vacation a year; in those days, we certainly weren’t going to split the family up, as it was our one chance to enjoy time together, away from our home. These days, it’s almost as simple as transferring a batch of miles/points and finding an open date on our calendar.
And I really love that anyone could do this. I love that collecting miles is open to all, and that with the knowledge of a few tips and tricks, everyone can save money and travel for (almost) free.
New York, here we come! And Josh, if you’re reading this – Aloha!
Have you ever done the “separate vacation” thing? How did it work out for you?