EMPTY NESTERS: Revisit Places for Children of
All Ages With Home Exchange Convenience
Somewhere, not far from where you live in an empty nest, is an attraction of some kind that draws children. Maybe it’s a theme park, or a special museum, or a zoo. You may have taken your children there years ago on a day trip and vowed “never again” after returning with aching feet, something sticky in your hair, and tired, cranky little tykes who buzzed around happy all day but later became qualified for adoption.
Now that the kids are grown and gone and it’s just you and the other old bird in the nest, wouldn’t it be fun to go back to that attraction and do what you did before, except this time at a more leisurely pace with no kids to keep up with? And even more fun if you did it mid-week during a month when children are still in school. And fun beyond belief if you found a home exchange at the destination and turned a day trip into a mini vacation.
You’re never too old to marvel at scientific, archeological, or historical exhibits; or to be amazed at the diversity of life in a zoo or aquarium. Okay, you can pass on the roller coaster ride at the amusement park, but there’s always something age appropriate and fun, maybe even romantic in a teenage sort of way. If you haven’t been there in years, you can almost bet that new things are waiting for you to see and do
After your attraction revisit is over, go out for dinner and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine and reminisce about the time little Johnny threw up on the Tilt-A-Whirl. Or take in whatever entertainment opportunities the city or town has to offer. Try new things. Be as open to adventure as your kids were those many years ago.And when it finally comes time to turn in, your exchange house, apartment, condo or whatever will be waiting nearby with all the comforts of home.
This is also a splendid idea when your kids come to visit with their kids. Of course, grandparents want to share in their grandchildren’s joyful experiences, but if that gets tiring after awhile, one of the great things about being a grandparent is you can always say “You guys carry on. We’ll meet you at the gift shop cafe.”
To find out more about available home-exchange properties in a destination you wish to rediscover, go to “property search” at www.ivhe.com. If you are not a member of the International Vacation Home Exchange, check out “about us” and “how it works at the same link.
Your Blogsmith Mike DiPrima