Back to School

Labor Day is almost here, and for many families this marks the end of their summer vacation.  Kids are going back to school which means homework, long days, event filled weeks and extracurricular activities.

But the work isn’t just back for the kids – parents have more to do too. Creating a harsh reality, much different from the family beach trip you were just on.

While many families are feeling that they have to wait until next summer for another vacation, this is far from the truth, and fortunately our friends at Project:Time Off have provided everyone with five tips on how to take vacation time during the school year.

  1. Get Comfortable with the Calendar 
    Familiarize yourself with your school’s calendar and take note of any holiday breaks, long weekends, and teacher workdays that may be on the horizon. Key to creating a vacation strategy is not only knowing the happenings of your family calendar, but also taking the time to plan your time off before your schedule gets away from you. Less than half of U.S. households plan their vacations which is a problem, as only 39% of non-planners successfully use all their time off. Those unused days are missed chances to connect as a family. Look ahead for opportunities to extend long weekends to maximize time off and minimize absences.
  2. Communicate with Teachers and Coaches 
    Research your school’s vacation policies. Many schools allow for educational trips. Collaborate with teachers to find ways to make your vacation do double duty. Could your student give a presentation on a museum you’ll be visiting, or write a paper on a historical landmark you plan to see? One Pennsylvania dad felt so strongly about the learning opportunities of travel that he took his kids out of school to cheer him on as he ran the Boston Marathon. Think of your vacation as an extended field trip and explore ways to bring the classroom to life.

If you decide to take an educational trip, consider meeting with teachers and coaches to discuss your plans and coordinate makeup work well before you go. By communicating with your kids’ various program leaders early on, you can avoid any potential conflict down the line.

  1. Make a Game Plan for Makeup Work
    Unlike your child’s school, your office probably doesn’t have regular breaks or educational trip policies. To keep your vacation from turning into work in another zip code, hold a family meeting to discuss boundaries. If you are unable to unplug, make a family game plan so everyone knows when and how you’ll check in with work. Work only when it’s time to work and try to put books, laptops, and smartphones away when it’s time to play.
  2. Don’t Make it an Afterthought
    It happens every year: students’ summer schedules fill up with sleep-away camps, sport tournaments, and volunteer trips attempting to stave off boredom and mid-way into the season you realize you’ve left no time for simply being together. Before camps put a cramp in your style, block the family calendar with simultaneous time off. You can’t afford to keep pushing this precious memory-making time to next year.
  3. Make Your Memories Count
    Project: Time Off found that childhood memories formed during family vacations remain vivid well into adulthood. Three out of four parents believe that family vacation gives children experiences they’ll remember for years to come. Not only will your vacation be a cherished memory, but also a learning opportunity that they may not find in a textbook. After all, you only have 18 Summers.

As you can see, Labor Day no longer has to be the sign to halt your vacations for another nine months.  In fact, these months are a great time to enjoy unique experiences and travel to different locations – away from the normal beach routine.

And one of the best ways to continue vacationing throughout the year is by vacationing with timeshare. With over 1,500 resorts in the U.S., there is enough variety to keep up with your kids’ changing demands. You’ll be able to spend a long weekend adventuring at an amusement park, winter break skiing the mountains or a teacher holiday exploring a new city.

Start looking ahead to this year and see what new adventure your family wants to go on with timeshare.

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