Growing up, I didn’t do many major trips, but we did do a lot of local exploring to parks and playgrounds, Disney, hotels, etc. We went on a couple road trips a year, but usually to the same places in Georgia. It was a major treat when my dad got time shares gifted to him as prizes in golf tournaments or through companies he did business with so we could go on vacation. So when Jon came along, brand new to Florida, I had so much fun showing him around. We’ve spent almost every weekend of the last nine years adventuring, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve been asked by several people if we really explore as much as it seems (we do!) and how on Earth we do it, so I figured I would share some tips!
Why do we do it?
We would rather collect experiences than things. We enjoy learning and meeting new people. We want Graham to have a sense of adventure about his childhood.
When do we do it?
Friday nights and Saturdays are for exploring. Sometimes we stick close to home, other times we go on a mini road trip, but we always plan on a weekend adventure.
How do we get anything else done?
It helps that I stay home now, but I still work from home (not just on the blog) and take care of Graham during the day, so that leaves little time for household chores. Here’s part of my strategy. We also spend part of Sunday afternoon working around the house.
What about Graham’s bedtime?
Honestly, we don’t really worry about naps or bedtime on the weekends (the horror!). Graham is great at napping in the car and as long as we’re doing something, he doesn’t get fussy. This might change as he gets older, but we’ll roll with it.
How do we come up with an adventure every weekend?
Jon consults my list of 100+ Adventures pretty regularly, but we also look online for events. I’ve got a steady stream of Facebook events on Mom Explores Orlando. You can also Google the date and Orlando (or your desired location) and you’ll find sites devoted to this kind of thing.
Isn’t it expensive?
It doesn’t have to be! We choose adventures that fit into our budget. If we don’t have lots of extra cash, there’s plenty to do around town that’s free!
If there’s a will, there’s a way. I encourage everyone I know to get out there and explore – whether you’re doing it with your spouse or your kids or even by yourself! It’s a great way to learn about the world around you and have some fun along the way.