Why Summer Vacations?

There are only about 10 people in my office today – normally there are about 40. We have tomorrow off as well as Friday – so many people took advantage of using three days of PTO to get nine days off. I decided to work because my husband wouldn’t have the time off – nor would any of my friends, so I didn’t want to waste even 3 days of PTO to hang out at home alone and bored. A lot of the people gone though are using this time for their ‘big summer vacation.’ Heading out on camping trips, renting an RV and driving to Yellowstone, going to LA or San Fran or Chicago… it confuses me a bit.

Why do people feel compelled to take a summer vacation – when everyone else is doing so – prices are higher – it’s hot and sticky and gross outside? Now if you have school age kids it makes a little more sense – they’re already out of school. But I remember my parents taking us out of school for a week to go to Florida in November and things like that. A week out of school isn’t going to kill them.

Is it just so ingrained in us from childhood that summer means vacation that we have to do it? And especially 4th of July week or weekend – that’s just asking to end up with more people, longer lines and more hassles. Why not wait to camp next weekend? Go to the Grand Canyon in October. Hit Disneyland in November. Do Vegas in December. Or am I missing something? Is there really a compelling reason to do vacations in the summer?

5 Comments so far

  1. penthesilea on July 2nd, 2008 @ 10:00 am

    My parents always took us on vacation at odd times. An extended weekend after the first week of school. No crowds and my parents knew we weren’t missing anything at school.

  2. portlandoregoncraftmafia on July 2nd, 2008 @ 11:21 am

    I totally agree! I have vacationed at Disneyland in the winter and it is awesome…no lines or crowds. As for my family we didn’t go on family vacations.

  3. capricious on July 2nd, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

    Completely! The boyo and I are known for not only taking our vacations in the dead of winter (think January and February at the latest) but also to places that are COLD! Our honeymoon was in winter in Europe. COLD! I loved it, though. Unfortunately, it also coincided at the end there with spring break so we had a week of annoyance (really, I hate THAT many people around… weird as that may sound). Things are cheaper too… hotels and flights. I don’t see WHY everyone has to go at once either… and for god’s sake why would you go to somewhere hotter than where you are??? Of course, I just prefer the cold.
    One day, I might even do that ice hotel thing. Heh!

  4. clevergirl on July 3rd, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

    The boyfriend and I are heading to the Midwest on Labor Day weekend, but we’re going to be gone for a couple of weeks – hopefully we’ll miss most of the highway traffic that would be associated with any holiday week. I think that most people are allotted so little holiday time from their jobs that the only way to make trips worth it is to go in conjunction with other natural holiday time. The boy and I are both going into FTO debt to go on the trip, and that’s even with Labor Day off.

  5. Erica (erica) on July 3rd, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

    Kids are out of school. The weather is nicer. Why wouldn’t you want to go on vacation? Oh, the crowds. Yipes!

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