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Woohoo! It’s vacation time! I thought a vacation might not be necessary when you’re retired, but boy was I wrong. Being a stay at home dad/blogger is great and it’s 1000x less stressful than working in my old job. Everyone adapts and get used to their new routine. Things that used to be exciting become a bit boring and we all need to get away once in a while. Yes, even a retired person needs a vacation from being retired.

This year we are taking a 2 week road trip to California and a few other local trips. Here is our California schedule. Let me know if you would like to get together and I’ll try to set something up.

  • Santa Barbara June 17th to 23rd – Just in time for the Summer Solstice parade!
  • San Jose June 23rd to 27th – Probably heading to SF for a day trip on the 23rd.

Last year, we drove from Portland to San Jose and stayed overnight at the midpoint. It was tough because Baby RB40 didn’t like sitting in the car at all and we had to take a lot of pit stops. This year, I’m planning to go all the way to San Jose in one shot. We’ll leave Portland at 8 pm and stop to nap whenever we get tired. With any luck, Little RB40 will sleep through most of the trip. We’ll probably get to San Jose around 11 am or so.

I don’t really have a big list of things to do this time. I just want to relax at the beach and get away from blogging for a little while. So I might be slower than usual getting back to you on email or responding to comments. Mrs. RB40, on the other hand, seems to have a bunch of stuff planned for us in Santa Barbara. She was going to email me her spreadsheet, but she seems to have forgotten about it. That’s okay; I’ll just go along with whatever she wants to do.

*update* We made it on schedule. We got to San Jose around 10am. Baby RB40 did very well this year and he was pretty good the whole way down. I had to drive most of the way though because Baby RB40 got carsick when Mrs. RB40 drove. He threw up twice when she was driving! I’m a much smoother driver in the curves.

Sticking with US trips for now

As I mentioned in previous posts, we plan to travel within the US while Little RB40 is still young. Many readers take their young kids abroad and it seems people have a great time. We are going to stick with traveling somewhat locally for a while though. I’m thinking we’ll visit Thailand in a couple of years when he’s 4. After that, we’ll see. We’ll probably try to visit many US destinations first before going abroad. There are so many places that we want to visit.

  • New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and other great cities
  • Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks
  • Yellowstone
  • The Utah parks
  • Hawaii beaches
  • Lots of other destinations

I’m thinking we’ll take more international trips when he’s 8 or 9. We’ll see how mature he is by then. Currently, he is terrible at following directions. He tends to ignore about 95% of what adults say (well, what I say), but I guess that’s a part of being 2 year old.

How about you? What are your summer vacation plans this year? Do you travel internationally with your young children?

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  • Your vacation plans sound wonderful and fill me with regret. My sons are both in university and have jobs and it is hard to get all 3 of us in the same room let alone in a car on vacation.

    So happy to spend a few hours with my oldest yesterday but he could only come to town for a few hours and his brother was working so my little family was not together.

    I would love to plan and save for a small vacation for the 3 of us in a few years because the older they get the harder it is to spend time together.

  • Jamie June 17, 2013, 6:04 am

    That sounds like a really fun vacation! I’d love to visit the west coast, as it sounds so beautiful! If I recall correctly, there is a highway that hugs the coast throughout northern California, and one can see the ocean with all the tremendous rock formations and cliffs.. I’d like to drive that someday.

    I always have loved car rides. They put me to sleep. I’m sure my parents loved that for when we’d go on family vacations when I was younger and there were day-long stretches on the road. I’m sorry to hear Baby RB40 threw up – I can’t imagine trying to clean it up in a car/smelling it. Despite that, I hope you all have a great time!

  • Savvy Financial Latina June 17, 2013, 7:04 am

    Vacation sounds nice. My family didn’t go on many vacations because we simply could not afford them. I think my parents took us out a couple of times within Texas, mostly to see distant relatives. Travel is definitely one of my priorities as an adult. Although I have yet to take a vacation this year. We have a cruise planned for September. But by the time September rolls around, it would have been 9 months without a break. I keep meaning to take a couple of days off work, but haven’t made time.

  • [email protected] June 17, 2013, 8:45 am

    I haven’t done nearly enough travelling within the U.S.. Would love to see Death Valley and Yellowstone in the near future.

  • David @my2centopinion June 17, 2013, 9:25 am

    We just recently moved to the east coast and we love going on driving trips. We went to New York a couple of weeks ago and spent a little too much money. Once our budget recover I think we’re going to try to visit Philadelphia. There are so many things to see in the U.S. sometimes it’s hard to even consider going international, even though it does sound exotic to say I’m leaving the U.S. on vacation.

  • Pretired Nick June 17, 2013, 10:41 am

    Have a great trip, buddy! I don’t think we’ll be doing any big trips this summer. Just down to Portland (hopefully we’ll see you there) and then probably nothing until the winter again.

  • John S @ Frugal Rules June 17, 2013, 11:41 am

    Sounds like a great vacation! We’ll likely only do a weekend trip or something this year as we’re taking a trip for just the two of us in January and a bigger family trip next year. How we travel internationally with little ones…we don’t, its called the grandparents. 😉

  • remindme June 17, 2013, 12:29 pm

    First of all, I just came across your site and I think it’s pretty cool. You got lots of useful information since I also want retire younger. 40? Eeeh I’ll try.

    I’m a mom of three year old boy. Traveling is our favorite to do as a family. Though it costs a lot of money, I think it’s worth it. We just came back to our trip in Hawaii (Maui and Big Island). Hawaii is great for little ones. It got great beaches, gardens, etc. We brought our kid when he was 6 months old in Eastern Canada (Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City). Even my kid is now 3, we try to limit the flight time to a maximum of 6-7 hours only. Since he gets bored easily. Last year, we went cruising in Caribbean. So, we went outside the country without flying. Taking a cruise with kids is also fun. They got some facilities for little ones in the ship but most of them they require at least 3 years of age. If younger, adult supervision is required.

    Have a fun and safe vacation.

  • Rich Uncle EL June 17, 2013, 12:31 pm

    No plans yet but this year we will most likely stay local and maybe do a long weekend getaway, as last year we went away internationally.

  • nicoleandmaggie June 17, 2013, 2:52 pm

    I wish we could drive to CA! I remember lots of wonderful CA vacations that I wish I could share with my family. One of these years we will make the Redwood Forests, and take a cabin at Mt. Shasta, and so on. And yes, PCH is beautiful!

    As it is, we stopped in a southern city that’s halfway between our small town and DH’s small town and dropped DC1 off with his grandma for a week and a half of visiting relatives. (DH went back by himself midweek to pick DC1 up.) Later this summer I’m taking the family with me by plane for a conference in Boston. And that’s pretty much it.

  • krantcents June 17, 2013, 2:57 pm

    You are very brave! I never took our children on the road other than a short (under an hour) trip. This summer, I am happy to just get away for a few days.

  • thepotatohead June 17, 2013, 9:17 pm

    Have fun on your vacation! I have family in San Francisco and had a wonderful time visiting and driving up and down the coast the last time I was out there. SO many cool sites to see and things to do.

  • Squirrelers June 17, 2013, 10:30 pm

    Enjoy the vacation! If a future vacation send you the way of Chicago, drop me a line.

  • Little House June 18, 2013, 7:58 am

    Have a wonderful time and enjoy your vacation!

  • Prasun Choudhury June 18, 2013, 8:52 pm

    Hope you are enjoying your vacation. Your list for future travel within US looks awesome. If you are into national parks and scenic beauty, you might consider Glacier National Park in north Montana. Yellowstone is a bit tourist (especially in summer) but unique in some way for the geysers; on the other hand, I feel Glacier Natl Park is more rustic. Also, Alaska might be another great destination; I have been in AK 5 times and still feel that I haven’t explored the state in enough detail. Have a great time in CA and your way back to Portland!

  • Sharon June 19, 2013, 1:26 am

    I started travelling with my son when he was seven. He quickly learned the airport drill and came out of his shell to talk to fellow travellers. We lost count of the number of flights he has had some years back. Now he is travelling with school (New Zealand next week) and I am confident he knows what to do. Also he is going to places we have experienced together already but now he is 15 he would rather be his mates.

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