Vacations are hard to come by when you're the mom. I'm not referring to financial constraints or scheduling challenges (although those are definitely real), but rather to the fact that vacations, for moms, aren't that vacation-y. Unless you can swing a stay at a nanny-inclusive resort, your motherhood duties aren't magically suspended just because you're wearing a bathing suit. My advice? Skip the camping trip, eschew the National Parks, and bypass Disneyland for one of these ridiculously cheap mom vacations you could take tomorrow.
My partner and I have traveled extensively with our young daughter. When she was a newborn, we took her to the beach for my husband's family's annual Gulf Shores visit. She's been to cabins on a lake and river in Washington State, courtesy of my side of the family. I took her to Washington, D.C., Florida, and Georgia on my own. Our biggest adventure was meeting my deployed husband in Europe for his two weeks of rest and relaxation. Let me just say that with an almost 2-year-old toddler in tow, it was neither restful nor relaxing. It sucks because, although you want to give your child memorable experiences, part of the attraction of a vacation is some time off.
I think it's important to distinguish between a vacation and a trip. According to writer M. Blazoned's handy guide, it's not a vacation if it involves overhead car storage, extended family and/or in-laws, or a kitchen. I'm well-aware that just disqualified most of your family getaways. Maybe, like my husband and me, you're already planning your "real" vacations for when the kids are out of the house. In the meantime, however, you need to find some ways to treat yo'self. The following aren't exactly Caribbean cruises, but they'll buy you some "me time":