Do you have a “regular” vacation spot? Does your family return to the same hotel or camping site each year?
I talked with a friend of mine the other day as she was putting the final touches on her family’s annual summer vacation. They live in Wisconsin, and each year after school gets out, she and her family do a road-trip around the state. They spend a few days at a waterpark for the kids, they head north for a music festival, and then they go camping for the remainder of the week in one Wisconsin’s national parks.
Since their departure date is quickly approaching, I asked if she was getting nervous about making all of the travel arrangements. To my surprise, she laughed and gave me a confident, “Nope!”
Since I find travel planning a bit overwhelming at times, I was curious to learn her secret. How was she so calm?
It turns out, her secret is remarkably simple; she plans the same vacation each year.
Yep, she and her family use the same itinerary as a template every summer. She knows which waterpark they will visit (Kalahari Resort Waterparks), in which hotel they’ll stay for the music festival (Courtyard Appleton Riverfront), and where they will go camping (Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.)
No more guesswork.
Now, when I first heard this approach, I’ll admit that it sounded a little strange to me. I thought, “isn’t it boring to do the same vacation each year?”
Since I usually traveled to different locations with my family growing up, this was an entirely new concept to me.
My friend explained, however, that visiting the same vacation spots was far from boring, and especially with three kids. What’s more, it’s a great way to simplify your travel plans and take off the pressure of reinventing the wheel for each trip.
Should I Take The Same Vacation Twice
Since I’m all about saving time, simplifying, and getting organized, my friend’s logic made sense to me. After all, I loved going to the same summer camp each year as a child. And now that I’m an adult, I love traveling to Minnesota to visit my family as often as possible. Wouldn’t taking the same vacation make sense, too?
Should I take the Same Vacation Twice: Benefits
Genuinely intrigued by this idea, I started brainstorming other benefits of taking the same vacation twice. And as I searched the web, I learned that a surprising number of people love this approach.
According to an NBC report, a University of North Carolina study revealed that repeat vacationers had several benefits including:
- The chances of having an “unsatisfactory experience” are lower.
- They’re more likely to find “their kind of people” when they get there.
- They develop an emotional attachment to the location.
- They’re able to experience aspects of a destination they may have missed the first time they visited.
As a lover of tradition and familiarity, I can certainly appreciate these points.
Repeat vacations allow you to move past the “tourist” mentality and get to know the local hotspots. You get to spend time exploring the hidden gems of the area, and you find your own favorite locations. You also develop special traditions and memories.
On the practical side of things, it makes planning a heck of a lot easier.
There’s no back-and-forth about where to go next. And if you travel during the same time, everyone knows to keep that week open; I find this especially helpful when traveling with a big group.
If you and your girlfriends take a trip the third weekend of July each year, for example, everyone knows to keep that weekend free. You don’t have to pull out the Doodle poll or compare schedules to find which dates work best for everyone. Instead, you simply know that the third weekend in July is always girls weekend. It’s easy!
While writing this post, Ryan and my unplanned summer vacation lurks in the back of my mind. I haven’t made any reservations yet, as I’ve been dragging my feet on the planning process. Now that I’ve explored the avenue of repeat vacations, however, I just might rebook our same beach cabin from last year. In fact, I think I’ll go do that now.
Do you ever take the same vacation twice? What do you think are the pros and cons of repeat vacationing? I’d love your input! Let me know below 🙂