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Why You Should Take a Momcation


I love my son. I love his giggles. I love his snuggles. I love watching him discover the world. And most importantly, I love being his mommy. But being a mom can be exhausting. It is a full-time job where there are no sick days or paid days off. I also work full-time as an instructional designer. Needless to say, I could use a little time to myself.

I know I am not the only one. I’m sure there are several women out there in need of a little momcation. What is a momcation exactly? It is a vacation from your motherly duties. In other words, it is a break from housework, homework, tantrums, and Mickey Mouse (seriously, if I have to do the hot dog dance one more time…). And if you are a mom, you should consider taking a momcation. Why? Well, there are a few reasons.

1)    Motherhood is a full-time job. We are always told to take vacations from work to help recharge the batteries. Well, motherhood is a full-time job and like any profession, you need a break. Even if it is just for a few days.  
2)    Your partner (or other caregivers) may appreciate you more. Now generally, spouses or partners already recognize the work that you do to care for your family. However, they will likely gain a whole new level of respect when the shoe is on the other foot so to speak.
3)    Your little family will grow. Believe it or not, removing yourself for just a little while may help your family bond in your absence.  

Are you ready to pack your bags yet? I know just writing this post makes me want to book a momcation right away. However cost can be a big factor for moms who are working with budgets that include diapers, clothes, and formula. Some good news - you can enjoy an affordable and fun momcation. How?  Here are a few options.

1)    Take a road trip with a close friend. You don’t have to travel to the ends of the Earth to get a little mommy time. You can grab a friend and take a weekend trip to a nearby city or town. You can split the costs for gas and food.
2)    Go on a trip with your significant other. When was the last time you took a trip with your partner when it was just the two of you? Arrange to have someone watch your kids, book an International Vacation Home Exchange, and head for the airport or train station. Many airlines have been pushing deals lately, so start doing some research.
3)    Or travel solo. Maybe you don’t have access to someone to watch your kids. Hand off the motherly duties to your partner and take a solo momcation. And be sure to pamper yourself. Remember, you don’t have to worry about naptimes or tantrums. You can even sleep in if you want.

Even moms need a little break sometimes. And a momcation is the perfect way to recharge your mind and soul. I promise your kids won’t suffer any long-term damage in your absence. Hopefully your husband will still be on speaking terms with you when you return (he will, trust me).
So what are you waiting for momma? Time to put down that Dr. Seuss book and start planning all the places you can go on your momcation!

Thanks to guest travel writer Carla Pruitt. You can follow Carla on Twitter at @crobscarla
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