Vacation: The New “Conference”

My name is Marlynn, and I take a lot of vacations.

BWAHAHA. If you know me – or are a fellow parent entrepreneur – you know that sentence does not just roll off the tongue.

For the past six years as a serial entrepreneur, I have traveled only about 4-6 times a year, and most of those travels have been for work. Lots of conferences. When you are an entrepreneur and you do any work at all with the online world, it feels like The Thing To Do. We are made to believe that we *should* attend conferences, speak at conferences, party/network at conferences. While I enjoy them immensely and they certainly have their place, I have decided to do something radical instead…

You see, this year things have been a little different. For the first time in six years, I have a boss other than myself. I closed one of my two businesses. My family also took our first bonafide vacation together since our daughter was born 4 years ago — a vacation to someplace tropical, just us (not to visit family, because we all know that’s NO vacation, no matter how much you all love each other!), and not to a place linked to anything remotely close to being work-related.

Something happened on that vacation: I got hooked. I want more.

My kids are hooked. They want more. My daughter talks about Maui every single day. Every. Single. Freakin. Day. It’s been SEVEN months since we were there, folks.

After a little thought and absolutely no convincing, I have decided to declare 2012 The Year of No Conferences.

OMG.

But what about…? Or can’t I at least try to go to…??

No. No conferences.

(ok, fine, if you ask me to speak at your conference, and I love you to pieces and adore everything your conference stands for,  I just may have to make an exception, but otherwise…)

Conferences shall be replaced by VACATIONS.

I like the sound of that. I think my husband would approve. I know my kids will.

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photo taken at the Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Wailea, Maui

Something happened on our trip to Maui. I liked what the island delivered, and now I want more.

So on tap & in the works for 2012 so far:
1. Vegas trip with The Girls
2. Vegas trip with The Mister
3. Europe trip with the whole family (to visit family, so you know… sort of vacation…)
4. Mexico vaca with The Mister (holy cow! that’s two vacas with just us two in one year! woohoo!! omg. I don’t think we’ve ever taken a non-work trip for long w/o the kids. panic. panic. it’ll be ok, right?)

I am absolutely GIDDY just thinking about these trips!!

Let’s face it: I’m getting older. I can’t work 80 hours and answer 10,000+ emails a week (seriously) with an easy smile like I used to. I get tired and run down. I NEED these vacations. We ALL do. Real vacations. Not ones tied to conferences or work in any way. Just playtime. Me time. Family time. FUN time.

2012: THE YEAR OF THE VACATION!  Who’s with me?!

So I would love to know: where have your favorite family vacations been?

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