Family Holiday Travel… or Nah? | Mom Monday

Via emails, texts, phone calls and one in person visit with my sister this week has encompassed one topic: what is my family doing about family holiday travel this year? Are we home for the holidays— or nah? A new survery from TravelingMom, TravelingDad and Vacatia had some interesting results about traveling during the holidays.

 

Last year was a typical holiday season for us: we tend to travel to see family for one of the major holidays, but stay home for the other.

We love our family, but there is a point where hauling 6 of us all over the country gets too costly.

Not to mention vacation time restrictions and, well, holidays getting “too people-y” for comfort. I love you, fam, I swear!

Last year we were also in the middle of a big move, which meant our Christmas was a bit abbreviated.

 

My moving box “Christmas Tree” from December 2016.

 

This year we made the call about family holiday travel early. We’re staying home.

The east coast poses a few more challenges for travel to our Texas and west coast families and decisions had to be made.

My blog travel slows down in November and December, only to ramp up again in January so I’m going to take the opportunity to stay home and get some projects accomplished here.

I hope, anyway!

The Hollidays are Home for the Holidays.

I won’t lie- I will be missing my whole big crazy family something fierce!

 

Christmas with all the kids at my parent’s house: winning!

 

But we’ll try to catch up in the spring or summer as school schedules allow.

It looks like I’m not alone.

According to a holiday travel survey conducted by TravelingMom, TravelingDad, and Vacatia, 26% of respondents are also choosing to stay home for the holidays this year- or vacationing without extended family.

About a third of the survey respondents are sticking with tradition and plan to see mom & dad back home. About 24 percent will host the family (bless them… bless them ALL).

The remaining 17% is probably the smartest ones out there: meeting family in a neutral location rather than invading each other’s homes.

This is how I’d like to vacation with family in the future: let’s meet up (say at Disney World or on a Disney Cruise, perhaps?) and holiday in someone else’s backyard.

No one stuck doing the dishes or feeling the pressure to decorate “just so!”.

 

 

Though I am pretty proud of my decorations from last year. Ha!

I’ll do better this year, kids, I promise!

The survey also pointed out that many people in this modern world aren’t celebrating on the actual holiday anymore.

33% say “remarriages, demanding in-laws, and/or large families mean we juggle multiple gatherings and commitments.”

Another 23 percent blame work. Which I totally get as someone who used to answer phones during the holidays at the American Cancer Society.  “Work schedules and conflicting commitments mean we celebrate the holiday on a different day.”.

Fair enough. We’re actually having my parents come visit in January for my son’s birthday and pseudo-Christmas. It just worked out better for everyone’s schedules this year.

 

Grandma and the kids visited Arlington Cemetery in the spring. We can’t wait to see her in January!

 

You can check out the rest of the survey here.

What about your family? How does family holiday travel look for your crew?

 

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Patty Holliday


Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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