Last year my partner and I spent too many nights on the road. He mostly traveled for work while I scampered about the country visiting family and attending a writing conference. Last November I calculated via my journal that we'd traveled together, or more often separately, at least once every three weeks almost all year.
Our previous car turns 100,000.
I began to joke that 2011 would be "The Year of No Travel."
Then I started taking myself seriously. What would it be like, I wondered, to not pack my bags every major holiday. Could we, a no-longer-newly-wed couple, invent our our own holiday traditions? Take our own "family" vacations?
Our luggage remained under the bed until this past weekend. I wanted to be with family for Easter and as part of my birthday month. Result: I had such a good time I didn't want to leave when it was time to load up the car!
To make them stay or take me with them? The cat's quandary.
It seems my "Year of No Travel" resolve weakened a bit in between ping-pong games, laughter, and too much good food. I've planned a girl's weekend with an out of state friend. I've also begun coordinating my family for a beach vacation. Yet, I still want to maintain a day-trips-only attitude for holiday season 2011. Any suggestions?
How do you balance the desire to travel (and to see loved ones) with creating your own traditions?