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The Benefits of Taking a (super) Mini-Vacation

We’ve done one crazy quick trip down to Boston and back.  We just got back from Montreal last week And we have another (not so quick) trip to Boston planned for later this month. I love these little road trips of ours and how they enrich our lives.

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They are short, just a few days but they are refreshing. It’s not a super long time so I don’t have to think about a lot of  meals or getting someone to water my little herb garden when we’re gone but they’re long enough to make us feel like we got away and had a refreshing break in the midst of life. They’re part work, part pleasure – my husband will be taking a few lessons from the concertmasters of these cities’ orchestras.

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They are Refreshing and Educating.

Did I say that already?

I’m a big believer in doing what fuels you, for us that is travel. We love talking about it, we love dreaming about it and we love doing it. And these mini-road trips are such a fun way to introduce the girls to traveling, and to new cities and experiences.

Over the summer, the girls will have traveled through four of the ten Canadian provinces and through three of the fifty American states. Our three year old has learned to recognize her country’s flag and to notice the difference between the provincial flags. She can identify places as cities, towns or provinces and her overall sense of the world she lives in has grown so much. She could definitely learn all this information from a book but there is something satisfying about fully-immersed learning.

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We are forced to live intentionally. We just had a few days in Montreal, a mere 48 hours in Boston- super mini getaways. We choose carefully where we eat, what we do, and how we spend all our time. The benefit is that we come away feeling super satisfied with our visit to the city. And that normally involves hitting up a good coffee shop, sourcing out a really great place to eat that the girls would do well in and has good food, and finding something local to the city or area to experience.

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We’re in an intense season of life, raising two little girls, going to school and aggressively pursuing a big dream. Getting away for a few days gives us hours of time to talk together as a couple, it gives us lots of bonding time as a family and we are all refueled for the next part of our adventure.

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What refreshes you?

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  • ramblingtart August 5, 2013, 9:29 pm

    Beautiful, dear friend. :-) I’m SO happy that you get these little trips to keep you going. :-) Lately what refreshes me is time alone with my man. Just us. Working on fun little projects together, going for drives and holding hands, having cuppas at McDonald’s before work. It restores my soul. :-)

    • Breanne :: This Vintage Moment August 6, 2013, 10:59 am

      Oh, I love that- finding little projects to do together, holding hand, the sweet simple things. And you look so happy these days. =) XO

  • Jenn @ A Simple Haven August 5, 2013, 9:52 pm

    Love it! I could say much of the same about our family and our love of travel :). For me, preparing for a trip has always been half the fun–with littles it does become a bigger job, but like you said, the perk of a mini-trip is half the packing, etc. :)
    I am refreshed by time alone with a journal and by a good talks with friends.

    • Breanne :: This Vintage Moment August 6, 2013, 11:00 am

      I have neglected my journal of late and it could use some attention…just the therapeutic pen to paper is good for the soul.
      Yes to talks with friends! XO

  • Aimee Wimbush-Bourque August 6, 2013, 6:43 pm

    You know we believe in the family road trip, no matter how old our kids are. =) It’s been amazing to be home and listen to the boys reflecting on the trip.

    Hopefully your travels bring you back to Montreal soon.

    • Breanne :: This Vintage Moment August 6, 2013, 7:54 pm

      Family road trips are the best, I love hearing the girls’ take on what we did and making the memories with them. So special. The road to Montreal is well known now, I’m sure we’ll be back. =)

  • rainydayinmay August 7, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Travel, and I completely agree about quick trips… We don’t get to do them as much as I’d love to, but I hope- in time as priorities continue to get aligned, that we can rectify that!

    • Breanne :: This Vintage Moment August 7, 2013, 1:48 pm

      We haven’t gone on a trip for a long time before this summer (a year being a long time for us), our move across the country kind sapped me. But it feels so good to be on the road again even a little bit. Hope you can be refreshed this way soon! XX

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