This year, the Reeves family will be traveling all over the world!
Come July, we are taking our vacation to 5 separate destinations (one of which you, the blog audience, are picking)…!!!!! Five fabulous vacation spots will be explored by our little clan! We can’t WAIT!!
And this is when you are saying….”WHAT? HOW?”
As you know, (and as many of you are personally experiencing) finances are really tight. We don’t have alot (or any) expendable income. Most fun things we are doing, as of late, are done with gift cards/coupons or are free! And so, the Reeves had a zany idea for our summer vacation this year. Since we really desire to travel (Sean and I both have a love affair with the idea of being globe-trotters someday) and enjoy learning about different cultures, people, cuisine, film and literature….but don’t have the funds right now….we needed to get clever!!!
So, we came up with the GREAT STAY-CATION 2009!
For five days straight, we will visit 5 different locations, right from our living room (somewhere, Shanna is doing the “I knew it!” dance…)!!!!!
Each day we will focus on a different place and plan the day accordingly. We will eat food from that location, watch films from that region, learn fun facts about the place we are “visiting” and give small souvenirs that were collected from our visit there. I already have plans to decorate the house for each day and visit local venues as well! It is actually proving to take alot of planning (and foresight) to make it really special, but we are excited and committed to the idea. We are also going to do the entire week for $150.00 (of which we are going to make from selling some items on Craigs List we don’t need anymore! WOOHOO!). This vacation is going to be virtually free!
Some might think this idea is super “cooky” or just “not the same” as real travel….but it is what we can do right now and we are going to have fun and make it as authentic as possible. I can see us continuing this tradition in the future, especially when our kids get older. Travel isn’t cheap, but I still want my child to have a wide understanding of the huge world God made! Sean and I each picked two places we would like to visit and one was left up to YOU.
Here are the the results!
Monday (Sean): Beijing
Tuesday (Rachel): Greece
Wednesday (Sean): Rio de Janeiro
Thursday (Rachel): Washington DC
Friday (You): Chicago (Thank you Melissa for the wonderful idea!)
We can’t wait to share our pictures and experiences with you. Thank you to EVERYONE that made a suggestion. I can’t tell you how fun it was for me to sit and dream about each place. I added several to my “I really want to visit there!” list. If you live in the So Cal area and have a suggestion for authentic food/activities/movies that we can watch/eat or attend, please let us know! We want to fill up our days to the brim!
If you want to join us for part of our “vacation” , let us know! We would love to be travel buddies with you!
Here is to a week of travel!