When I lived in DC my roommate told me I grow up on vacation, she had visited Clearwater Florida and said it was a vacation paradise. I agreed then and now after many years of not living there …that I did grow up on vacation.
That said, it was very common to vacation from Clearwater on the beaches of Clearwater, Indian Rocks and the general area. I remember we used to pack up, load up and head down to the beach for a week in the summer (it was about 20 minutes away. )
There were times that I thought as an adult how odd it was to go on vacation so close to home. But now I understand that it’s more about the getting away and unplugging from your day to day life. If your day to day life is in a bit of the Paradise world it doesn’t mean that you have to leave that world in order to vacation. It might mean that you’re better off getting away from your day to day routines even if it’s only packing up and going 20 minutes away. Particularly if you have 5 young girls about two years between each.
I have learned that vacations with the least amount of external activities are sometimes the very best. This past week we went to Edisto Island which describes itself as a Lowcountry getaway. We went to the beach, we body surfed, we collected shells, we spent time the four of us every day relaxing and talking and playing together. It was wonderful.
Don’t get me wrong I love the Disney vacations and other destination vacations. But I also greatly appreciate the getaways that are just about the getting away and not about the destination. Especially now that both of my children are old enough to wander freely to collect shells and enjoy the waves.