Family vacations don’t need to be complicated. We are getting back to simple vacations for more #SmilesAhead. Here’s Why Changing The Way We Vacation Gave Us the Best Orlando Staycation. This post is sponsored by Holiday Inn. All relaxing travel opinions are my own.
Changing the Way We Vacation Gave Us the Best Orlando Staycation
Living in the “Tourist Capital of the World,” I always feel the pressure to plan the best vacation ever. There’s a theme park around every corner and grand vacation ideas within arm’s reach. Oh, and there’s that Type-A parent tendency to plan every little detail – down to scheduled bathroom breaks. I knew that I needed a family intervention the moment I told my kids that we had an Orlando staycation planned.
“Are we going to theme park?” “What rides are we doing this time?” “Mickey! Minnie! Mickey! Minnie!”
The moment my kids assumed that there was a theme park attached to our vacation at Holiday Inn at Orange Lake Resort, it was my breaking point. That’s NOT how I’m raising my kids. So here’s how we changed up our vacation game in six easy steps, and still had the best Orlando staycation ever. Spoiler, we didn’t miss the mouse.
I feel a little embarrassed to admit that we needed this blunt reminder, but there it is. We unplugged from the world. We traded TV time for board games, smartphones for tickle fights. And in that quiet stillness and boredom bloomed beautiful moments like these. My kids were perfectly happy doing nothing. I didn’t have to entertain, overstimulate or amuse them. They found contentment in simple vacation moments, all by themselves. And guess what? Not one whine.
Multiple pools, water slides, waterfalls and this incredible winding lazy river were all included with our Holiday Inn stay. Floating for hours on a lazy river, we quickly learned how to truly relax. No complaints here.
We Appreciated the Little Things
It’s not always majestic castles and spectacular firework shows that leave the lasting memories. When you take away those high vacation expectations and pressures, those little moments (the ones that normally get overlooked) become the big ones – the ones that kids remember forever.
My kids were thrilled to discover the free Holiday Inn Chocolate Milk Happy Hour during our stay. They ran for the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and freshly planted milk mustaches. It’s the little things, those little extra smiles that made a difference.
I couldn’t remember the last time the four of us were cuddled in bed together. But this staycation, we snuggled in bed more times than I could count. Without a crazy schedule to keep up with, there was more time for snuggles, hugs, and kisses. We found more excuses to be close by. We had more time just to love each other.
We live in a world of digitally distracted parents and instant-gratification kids. Where is the time for connection? It’s during family vacation time. Without the busyness and distractions around us, we found ourselves talking freely and communicating more effectively. In short, we connected in those deeper thoughts and conversations that would have been missed with a crazy vacation schedule.
We Made The Best Vacation Memories
What started as a family intervention ended with “That was the BEST vacation, Mom.” It wasn’t a vacation that was gift wrapped with events, overflowing with stimulation and stressed to make perfect. We simplified and got back to what a family vacation truly means – togetherness.
We spent an extended weekend at Holiday Inn at Orange Lake Resort, only minutes away from the theme parks, and never missed a moment of the action. I can honestly say we had the best Orlando staycation, thanks to a little family intervention. Book your next vacation at Holiday Inn, where the little extras mean more #SmilesAhead for your family vacation memories.
When was the last time you had the best vacation ever?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Holiday Inn. The opinions and text are all mine.
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