Published on August 6th, 2018 | by Guest Editor


Family Vacation: Strengthen Your Military Family’s Relationship Away From Home

Very few people can truly relate to military family members. Being away from home much too often due to frequent deployments oftentimes makes it super hard for military families to stay cohesive.

Not being able to talk to your partner when you need him/her and the way that separation affects children in the family are just some of the things that these families have to cope with.

Homecoming after deployment and spending quality time together has a special kind of importance to those families. Properly fostering the bonds and tying loose ends is easier if you decide to go on a family vacation in order to get away from everyday obligations and work.

However, there are some things you should be aware of and that should be taken into account when planning and organizing a family vacation. Read on as in this article, we will try to focus your attention on those things.

Take Your Time

The uncertainty of living a military life can lead to deployments being extended often so your plans can end up abruptly if you scheduled and planned for everything right after the initially planned homecoming date.

It’s good to plan and book your stay in advance (this is also excellent when it comes to not spending a fortune on a vacation), but make sure that the date of your vacation doesn’t fall too soon after the scheduled date of return of your service member, as he/she might end up being deployed for a little more. And nobody would want for the arrangement to be canceled, right?

Choose a Location Carefully

Everyone likes to be surprised pleasantly. But, choosing a location for your holiday might be something that you’d want to discuss with your partner serving the Army.

Keeping in mind levels of stress invoked by the deployment, you need to be super considerate with what he/she wants to experience and where to go. Perhaps staying in a mountain cabin is something that will bring a peace of mind after deployment action.

Ask yourself, would you be interested in a traditional sea vacation if you were a part of the Navy, and just came back home from deployment? You’d probably try to stay away from the sea for as long as you can.

Create an Unforgettable Experience For Your Family

Choosing a location and booking your stay is only half of a job well done. The other part of it refers to creating a plan of events and activities while on holiday, and packing for the big trip.

Search for nearby places and attractions your family might be interested in and make sure to book tickets in advance in order to save money while traveling. Also, spending a pleasant time with your family is nice, but you’ll have to create memories that’ll help for the vacation to be remembered. Don’t forget to take pictures of yourself. You can even go a step further and order military-styled challenge coins that will serve as a nice item of remembrance while paying a tribute to the military family roots at the same time.

By: Stephanie Bates
The brave blogger behind Military Travel Mama!
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