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family vacation to Yellowstone

Nate and the boys and I are back from our extended roadtrip, and I am EXHAUSTED. Eighteen different places in twenty-one days. We've seen it all, and now I need a vacation from my vacation. We'll share more details next week, after we've decompressed a little bit. It was a blast, but for now I'm reminiscing back to a different kind of vacation. One that's a little slower, a little easier, a little less go-go-go. One like my childhood vacations. July is National Vacation Rental Month!

childhood vacations

When I was a kid, my family would secure vacation rentals for the whole crew. There were usually between ten and fifteen of us at a time, and we'd take over a large home with space for all of us. Sometimes in a familiar place, sometimes somewhere totally new. The beaches of Florida, the lakesides of Idaho. Aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents would descend on our chosen spot for a week or two, touring the area and bonding as a family. We'd check out local destinations, head to amusement spots and parks, museums and theaters.

childhood vacation on the beach

Most of the time, though, we'd just barbecue by the backyard pool or walk down for a swim on the beach. It was a time of rejuvenation. Reading and playing and laughing with nothing in particular on the docket. These childhood vacations are my most cherished memories from when I was a kid.

vacation rental

Fully-managed properties like Wyndham Vacation Rentals are my favorite way to go because they have experts who take care of everything. And right now, they have a special deal with up to 35 percent off. I have yet to share the full “relax and do nothing” experience with Nate yet, but we did stay at a vacation rental briefly on a business trip with the boys. I wanted them to be totally comfortable while I ran around to meetings, so I booked a sweet spot with all the bells and whistles of home. More bells and whistles than home, come to think of it: we don't have a jetted spa in our bedroom (yet!). Nate was totally impressed, snapping a jillion pictures to share with his friends. At checkout time, I walked in to find him on the phone with the manager. “So I don't have to do the dishes? What about washing the sheets? Vacuuming?” He was totally new to the concept since his childhood vacations were more of the roadtrip-and-camping type. The idea of renting a home complete with hotel-like service was a little bit baffling to him.

One day, we'll take a full week or two off and kick back at a Wyndham Vacation Rental. I can't wait to share my version of childhood vacation time with the boys when they're old enough to play board games, stay up late and tell each other stories, and swim in the pool for hours.

For now, I'll be at home doing this:

What were your childhood vacations like?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals.