A few weeks after Tristan passed, we planned a family weekend getaway to Hilton West Palm Beach. After his end of life celebration and being bombarded with phone calls, emails, and texts we just needed to get away. We needed to go somewhere where we could just relax and try to make sense of everything and home wasn’t that place.
This weekend family getaway was the perfect idea. We laughed, we cried, we played games, and we reflected on everything that happened. A family trip is just the thing I suggest if your family just needs a break. Here are some tips that will help to make your next family weekend getaway a success.
- Plan or don’t plan. We chose to not plan our weekend out. Usually for every trip we make an entire itinerary but this time we decided not to. We wanted to just relax and go with the flow. The best part about not planning an entire trip is that you can sleep and enjoy the amenities that the hotel has to offer.
- Turn the phones off. Most of the time when we’re home we’re so wrapped up in work or social media that we’re constantly on our phones or iPad. Turning the phones off or putting all of the electronics in a part of the room where they’re untouchable for a long period of time will allow you to spend memorable quality time with your family. This was probably the best thing that we could do. Besides using our phones to take pictures, they were unavailable.
- Reflect. Take time at dinner or at the end of every day to reflect on your day. We’ve been doing this every day since Tristan’s passing and it has made a world of difference. At the end of every day, we go around and we tell each other the best and worst part of our day. Then we share why and how the next day could be better. Every day we have with each other is such a blessing and we try to stress that to Tatiana. She loves our reflection time during our daily family meetings. It makes the day special.
- Play games. This goes back to tip number 2. Of course with no electronics, kids will get bored. This is where games come in handy. Hilton West Palm Beach had the perfect games on their lawn. Our family is so competitive, especially Tatiana. We played cornhole and connect 4.
- Don’t complain. This one is hard especially if you have a bigger family because it’s harder to keep everyone happy. Complaining will only make the trip miserable. I remember when I was a kid my family went on a group trip to Jamaica for the summer. It was a memorable trip but what I remember the most is people complaining. There were at least a dozen of us on the trip so someone found something to complain about every day. Try to go the entire weekend without complaining because the last thing you want your kids to remember are the complaints and not the fun memories.