Unemployed and On Vacation

The hubby lost his job at the very beginning of our summer. A few weeks later, we went on vacation! This was not without a lot of discussion and, I’ve recently learned, plenty of judgment.

I’m sure I’m also being judged for having an iPhone, keeping my girls in private school, and any number of other things people believe I shouldn’t have without a job. I could go through the long explanation of why we pay for the things we have, but it’s just nobody’s business.

Still, we did put a lot of thought into our vacation decision. Here are the reasons we decided to go as scheduled, along with a few of my favorite pictures from our trip!

  • The vacation was already covered. 1 of 8
    The vacation was already covered.
    We were hosted on this trip by Gloucester Tourism, so most of it was already covered. The little money we would be spending was already set aside and wouldn't have had a major impact on our finances through the summer.
  • He needed the break. 2 of 8
    He needed the break.
    After everything that had happened leading up to the job loss, no one deserved a getaway more than my husband. Our vacation put a smile on his face I hadn't seen in months.
  • We needed a break. 3 of 8
    We needed a break.
    Of course, it wasn't just him that was feeling the stress. It was great to have a chance to reconnect as a couple and as a family.
  • The girls deserved to be kids. 4 of 8
    The girls deserved to be kids.
    Kids don't need to be worried about things like health insurance, final paychecks, and severance (or lack thereof). Going on this vacation said to the kids, "We're not worried about money." at a time when they were really starting to worry about it.
  • We needed to make new memories. 5 of 8
    We needed to make new memories.
    I knew we would bounce back quickly, but I didn't want our kids looking back on this summer to fear and anxiety. When they got back to school, they would have stories of whale watching, sailing the Atlantic, and fun — not unemployment, financial struggles, and stress.
  • We had the time. 6 of 8
    We had the time.
    Vacation time was no longer a concern. The work searches and networking could easily be done on the go, with the free hotel wifi. The discussions we needed to have about the future were done at the beach or on a boat. So much more fun.
  • Opportunity knocked. 7 of 8
    Opportunity knocked.
    When we discussed the vacation, the itinerary called to us. Whale watching, sailing, a castle — a castle, you guys. When was an experience like this going to land in our laps again?
  • I miss my family. 8 of 8
    I miss my family.
    One of the deciding factors was the fact that my cousin lived along our route. It's been 2 years since we were reunited (through blogging!) after nearly 20 years. Spending time with Allison and her family was the perfect way to cap off an amazing week.

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