When it comes to family travel, a relaxing getaway might just include rewriting the rulebook. And that could mean breaking the golden rule of missing school.
“The airfare was astronomical during the break so I didn’t want to spend that, I decided to do that when my husband and I could also get off, we have to do some makeup work when we get back, it’s not that big of a deal," said one mother.
Modifying meal habits is one way families break from routine.
“Definitely more lax, as a matter of fact, today at lunch she always asks me what she can get and I said 'anything you want' and that doesn’t happen at home," said another mother.
Staying up late? Permission granted.
“He’ll be a trooper and stay till 11 o’clock closings and he does just fine," said a father.
Ignoring the rules you follow at home can be a healthy coping mechanism.
"Absolutely, in terms of parenting, you have to break any rules you can to keep the trip fun because travel can be so stressful for all ages," said Kyle McCarthy, a family travel expert.
For adults who have been there, done that, flouting self-imposed restrictions can provide a welcome new perspective.
“The reverse bucket list is not having to do the things I have to do before I die, it’s doing the things again, to find out if I hate at 65 what I hated at 35. Lets say I discover I really like spas and cruises, I have another harmless pleasure I can give myself," said Claudia Deutsch.