FMF: Vacation

clouds from the window of an airplane


Someone has said, “A trip is when you take your family, but a vacation is when you go alone.”

I have done both, and I’m not sure that I agree.

Family vacations are times for making memories. In my opinion, it’s a vacation when we leave work—and electronics—behind, regardless of where we go. This includes television. We watch enough television at home. On vacation, I want to spend the days hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, or sight-seeing. And I want to spend the evenings sitting around a campfire, singing, talking, laughing, or simply enjoying the quiet company of our loved ones. We always take games and puzzles with us. In fact, it became a tradition with us to work a puzzle whenever we went to a resort.

The trips I’ve made alone have their purpose as well. That is the time to unwind, read a book, sleep in if I choose to, or rise before dawn to catch a sunrise, play guitar and sing to my heart’s content, write, paint, hike to a waterfall, or sit outside and watch the birds and the deer. I may take one day to go sight-seeing, get a massage, take an art class, or stroll through a museum. These are things that fascinate me but hold little interest to anyone else in my family. Being alone is not lonely when it is planned, and when it is temporary. Everyone needs alone time, quiet time.

I would like to propose a new definition: “A vacation is when you take your family, but a retreat is when you go alone.”


Written for the Five-Minute-Friday Link-up: VACATION

Photo taken after departing Pensacola, Florida, 2018

5 thoughts on “FMF: Vacation

  1. I love your new definition, Angela! I haven’t ever taken a true “retreat”. I’ve traveled alone For a visit with others but have never gone somewhere alone and stayed doing the things I love to do. I have many happy memories of family vacations that I treasure and now, thanks to you I’m going to think about going on retreat! Enjoyed your post, Cindy your #fmf neighbor

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    • Thank you, Cindy. I have gone on several retreats. I used to take my children to summer camp and stay in a resort or cabin in the mountains nearby for the week. I won’t get to do that this year, as our baby is going to college instead of summer camp. 🙂 So for now I get mini retreats, like this moment as I am sitting outside enjoying the cool of the evening while the rest of the family does their thing indoors.

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