I love vacations. The chance to go somewhere just as a family and spend uninterrupted time together–fabulous! I’m such a researcher and planner, so each year (at least nine months in advance), we start planning where we want to go on our next vacation. After brainstorming ideas and gathering initial facts, we book the condo. Then I get to work researching everything there is to know about the place we are going.

For the following months, I share my findings with my family as I go along, and we talk about our favorites we each want to do. By the time we leave on vacation, I have a 3-ring binder of goodies about the destination, activities ideas, and helpful tips about the area.

Well, last year we booked our vacation for this year but I never got a chance to start researching. I dove into planning and starting our homeschool year and life took off. Fast forward to this week, my daughter asked me, “What sort of vehicle rental can we get to see the whole island?”

“I don’t know,” I said. She stared at me like I had been abducted by an alien.

“Do they have different currency there?”

“Uh … I don’t know.”

“You don’t know?”

“Nope. I haven’t started my research.”

“That’s not right,” she said with the alien abduction look glaring at me.

You see, we leave in just a couple short months and I haven’t begun–outside of a few discussions with my hubby about airfare. Even though my family gives me a hard time about my 3-ring binder, it’s obvious they’ve come to depend on it and miss that planning and dreaming of our vacation before we ever leave. I think I’d better start.

No matter where you go as a family this year–whether in the backyard, tropical, or mountainous–make it memorable!