Doug and I are hoping to take the kids out West this summer to see my extended family- most of them haven't met Olivia yet and she is already 3.5 years old! I am pretty darn excited about seeing my family... friends along the way... the Rocky Mountains and the blessed Pacific Ocean again!! Oh how I miss my home province of BC!! And really it is just plain wrong that my daughter has never been to BC, has never seen the ocean or the mountains... and my sons don't remember it!!
I enjoy vacations. I love travelling. I love road trips and visiting family and friends.
I do NOT love planning the vacation.
So here are 5 of things I was stressing out about as I lay in bed last night thinking about or upcoming vacation:
And the van- We have a pretty old van... what if it dies on us in the middle of nowhere? We don't have credit cards (we suck at credit cards so we just don't have them) so if we run out of money and the van dies we are really screwed. And also? our air conditioner is broken in our van. It is un-fixable. So we have to drive through the excessively hot prairies with no air conditioning. We've done it before and it is not that fun.
2. Travel Insurance: Why do we need this? I know we do... I just don't quite understand why. After all we do live in Canada- the land of free healthcare. And we will be travelling within Canada. But I read on my friend Shash's blog (she's an actual travel expert) that you do in fact need emergency medical travel insurance to travel in your own country. Sigh. And considering my family has rather extensive health issues it is best not to screw it up.
3. What to pack: How much should I pack? How often will we be able to do laundry? How will I keep the kids entertained for 60 odd hours of driving? What will the weather be like? How will we fit it all into the van?
4. my computer life: For some of you this sounds lame but some of you totally get what I am saying. I am not great at going "unplugged" these days. I have blogged pretty much every day for the past 3 years. 4 weeks of spotty internet access really stresses me out. I also have an actual real for-pay job online and so I need to be where I can work occasionally! Stress. And yes, I admit I am addicted.
5. my mental sanity: Vacations aren't really vacations for moms. We sort of just take our jobs with us... I just want it to be really fun and relaxing sometimes too. How will I achieve this? I don't know.
So there you have it.
I need to figure out how to turn my brain off at night. Seriously.