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
- 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?