Overcoming Homesickness on Vacation

Overcoming Homesickness on Vacation

Hey guys! If you’re like me, you’ve definitely experienced homesickness while on vacation. I know it seems kind of backwards, after all, you go on vacation to get away from home. But it happens all the time; you’re super excited to get out there for a new adventure and BAM! You see something a loved one would like and all of a sudden you find yourself wondering what you’re missing at home or what your family is up to. This can be especially hard if you haven’t gone far from home before, but there are things you can do to combat that feeling of longing and enjoy your adventure with Preferred Motorcoach Transportation!

Pack a picture of favorite thing to keep with you. This can help keep you  comfy in your temporarily new environment. A stuffed teddy or a family photo can really do the trick. This is something I do because it just makes me feel better. Don’t judge me.

Like ET, phone home. But not too much. If you don’t get the balance just right, you could end up missing home even more than you already do; wondering what’s going on and completely missing what’s going on around you. If you’re on the phone too much you also run the risk of missing out on opportunities to meet new people or make new friends!

Try to immerse yourself in the new city. Go to the popular cites and get to know the city for yourself. You could also establish a “daily ritual” like going to a local coffee shop every morning. It can be very comforting when you walk into a place out of town and you’re recognized. Trust me! Make new friends!

Share some photos and videos on social media with your friends and family. Let them live vicariously through you. When I am out and about, my mom really loves to see my pictures. One of the pictures I took during some time in New York is her screen saver on her phone. Moms like that kind of thing.

Just like the phone, you shouldn’t spend too much time on social media. You don’t have to post every single picture you take. Save most of them for the special folks waiting for you back home. When your head is buried in your phone, you’re not aware of your present. You want to make sure you enjoy your time away and you’ll have some epic stories to tell everyone when you get back home!

So, how do you deal with homesickness when you’re on vacay? Do you even get homesick? Let me know in the comments!


The Family That Vacays Together: Destinations Sure to Please Everyone

When you decide to take a family vacation, there are a lot of things you must take under consideration. Will the kids actually have fun? Will the grown folks be miserable and bored out of their minds? And what if the kiddos are different ages; will everyone be satisfied? Lots ‘o things to think about, eh? Here’s the thing: choosing a destination for a family trip isn’t always so easy. So I figured I’d give you a little inspiration.  You’re welcome.


Vail, Colorado
Home of popular the popular Vail Ski Resort in Vail Village, Vail is a perfect destination for a winter themed family getaway. Designed to make you feel like you’re smack dab int eh middle of the Swiss Alps, there are plenty of things to do here that everyone in the fam can enjoy. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and entertainment and if you’re not feeling like skiing, there’s also snow shoeing, tubing and other activities to partake in off the slopes.



Anaheim and Los Angeles, California
Contrary to popular belief, Disneyland (the Most Magical Place on EARTH) is not located in Los Angeles, but actually about 25 miles south of LA in the resort city of Anaheim. The close proximity of the cities (they’re both a part of the same Metro area) make them a perfect ‘kill two birds with one stone’ situation. Hit up LA and see the all the Hollywood landmarks or Universal Studios, and take a few days to check out the fun Anaheim has to offer like Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney (my favorite part). Everyone will have a BLAST. Seriously.



Washington, DC
I am a self proclaimed nerd. I have always loved museums and historical sites. But I think even kids who aren’t as into the museum life as I was (and still am) would have so much fun in the nation’s capitol. There are the obvious tourist stops like the National Mall to see the monuments, duh. But my favorites are the museums like The National Children’s Museum and any of the really cool things housed in the Smithsonian museums. I mean, where else can you see the flag that inspired our national anthem, Prince’s yellow cloud guitar and the Muppets (!!) all in one place?!



Las Vegas, Nevada
Hold up! Hear me out. While many of the resorts in Vegas have programs and activities to occupy the kids while the parents…play, my opinion is the best place in Vegas for kids is Circus Circus Hotel. I’ve been and let me just say: SO. MUCH. FUN! There is a literal theme park called Adventuredome inside the hotel, not to mention a pool and aracade! Vegas also has numerous shows the kids will enjoy and lots of fun on Fremont Street in Downtown.



Big Bend (and surrounding areas), Texas
Located in the desert of West Texas, Big Bend is a perfect spot to take the family if you’re looking to unplug and truly retreat. Home to Big Bend National Park, there are plenty of activities to get in touch with nature and get your outdoors on like rafting, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding. There are also plenty of lodging options in case you want to really rough it and pitch your own tent or whatever, or just come to a hotel room at night. It’s up to you, though the park itself is pretty remote so you will have to have a car. A perk: at night, the skies get super dark (something that doesn’t happen in the city), so this it like a star gazers Mecca!



So what do you think guys? Ready to get the family together? Let me know in the comments!


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In Honor of Dads Everywhere

Happy Monday, y’all!

So yesterday was Father’s Day and it’s pretty clear that dads love to travel. When I was younger and my family would go on our family vacations, my dad was ALWAYS rocking his best dad vacation fashions. Always. I don’t know about you, but dad’s really know how to dress for vacation and make the most of their travel experience. So in honor of Father’s Day, I have scoured the interwebs and compiled a collection of 10 of the best photos of some dad’s doing dad things on vacation!






Dad pose!






I don’t even know what this hat is about.


Sir… just… No.


Clever dad… Clever.


Aaaand here’s another clever dad…


*stifles laughter*


And last but certainly not least: President Obama having a MAJOR ‘dad moment’…


Sandals. SANDALS.


Hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day!



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