As a mom, I know the struggle is real.
It feels like we’re constantly juggling a million things, from wiping snotty noses to breaking up sibling fights.
But let me tell you, a mom vacation is like manna from heaven!
For I have found a way to escape the daily crucifixion and indulge in some much-needed rest and relaxation.
That’s right, it’s time to take a momcation to the Holy Land of Washington DC!
This post is all about taking that momcation.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But isn’t it selfish to leave our children behind for a day?”
Let me tell you, that even the Savior himself took a break from healing lepers and raising the dead to retreat to the wilderness and pray.
So, if it’s good enough for our Lord and Savior, it’s good enough for us!
Need to Jump Ahead?
But First, Coffee…
Grab a cup of coffee while you read, as I introduce myself.
I am a black married mom of three small kids and two dogs, and let me tell you, my life feels like the chaos of a herd of wild toddlers running rampant.
I love chasing my toddlers, but I haven’t been away from them for more than a few hours in almost ten years.
And the one time I did attempt a getaway, it was a disaster of biblical proportions.
Picture the parting of the Red Sea, but instead, it was more like the Dead Sea and reeked of bitterness and jealousy (I’ll fill you in later).
Momcations Are A Real Thing
As a mom, I know how hard it can be to take a break from the responsibilities of motherhood.
But, let me tell you, a momcation is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Recently, I went on a 24-hour mom vacation to Washington DC with my best friends, and it was a much-needed break from the everyday hustle and bustle of being a mom.
Wait…What Is A Momcation?
A mom vacation is a break from the everyday responsibilities of motherhood.
It’s an opportunity to prioritize yourself and your needs, catch up with friends, and explore new places.
It can be as short as a few hours away or as long as a week or more.
The duration doesn’t matter; it’s the intention behind it that counts.
It’s a chance to recharge and come back as a better, happier version of yourself.
Why are Momcations Important?
Momcations are essential because they allow us to take a break from the daily grind and recharge our batteries.
Being a mom is a full-time job, and it’s easy to lose sight of ourselves and our personal needs.
Taking a momcation doesn’t mean we’re neglecting our responsibilities as a parent.
It’s important to remember that taking care of ourselves is just as important as taking care of our children.
A momcation can help reduce stress, prevent burnout, and improve our mental and emotional well-being.
It’s a chance to return home feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever motherhood throws our way.
How to Actually Enjoy Your Time Away
Now, the million-dollar question: how do you actually enjoy your time away?
As I mentioned earlier, it can be hard to fully relax and not worry about your children while you’re away.
Here are some tips to help you fully enjoy your momcation:
#1 Set boundaries:
Communicate with your husband to ensure your children are taken care of while you’re away.
Chances are the kids didn’t lock themselves in the pantry and the house will still be standing when you return.
So, set boundaries and avoid constantly checking in.
It’s amazing how effective just putting your phone down actually is (trust me).
#2 Engage in activities that make you happy:
Whether it’s reading a book, practicing yoga, or exploring a new city, make sure to engage in activities that make you happy and fulfilled.
#3 Don’t feel guilty:
Easier said than done, I know.
But remember: taking a break doesn’t make you less of a mom.
Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your children.
Tips for the First Trip
If you’re a new mom or haven’t been on a momcation before, it can be a bit daunting.
Here are some tips for your first trip:
#1 Start small:
Book a few hours away at first.
Gradually work your way up to a longer trip (whatever makes you comfortable).
#2 Choose a location close by:
Pick a location that’s close by and easy to get to.
This can help reduce anxiety and make the trip more enjoyable.
Why I Chose to Go to DC
For my momcation, I chose to go to Washington DC with my best friends.
It was close by, and I knew it would be a fun and exciting city to explore.
I was celebrating my best friend’s birthday with six other friends, and we’ve been friends for over 20 years.
It was a much-needed break to catch up and strengthen our bond.
And, to top it all off, my own mom came along for the ride!
It was the first time in years that we had an opportunity to bond together, and MUCH NEEDED is an understatement.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the Capital Hilton hotel, and let me tell you, it was like staying in the Promised Land itself (except they didn’t offer room service).
The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the amenities were fit for a queen (even though we were upgraded to. a king, for free at check-in!).
We had a great, but quiet view of the city and were within walking distance of some of the most iconic landmarks in our nation’s capital.
The Capital Hilton also offers excellent facilities such as a fitness center, a spa, and a restaurant.
We didn’t have time to use all of the amenities, but it was comforting to know that they were available if we needed them.
Your Momcation Should Be Stress-free (including the travel)
Booking and Bourgie
Let me tell you about my secret weapon for travel planning – the Hopper app!
I’ve been using it for five years now, and it’s saved my sanity more times than I can count.
I usually schedule all of our family flights on Hopper since it tells me when to book, and when the tickets will be the cheapest (which is a huge money saver for us as a family of five).
So, if you’re looking to plan your own momcation, do yourself a favor and download the Hopper app.
And, if you need a discount code, just let me know.
Let Someone Else Drive You
We traveled to Washington DC by Amtrak, and it was a fantastic experience.
The train was comfortable and spacious, and the ride was peaceful and scenic.
It was an opportunity to relax and take in the beautiful scenery along the way.
The best part is literally being able to close my eyes and put my feet up (well, under the seat in front of me).
Once in Washington DC, navigating the Metro was also easy to understand, and we were able to roam the city as if we were locals.
It was only $2 for the fare to the hotel, which was much cheaper than taking an Uber.
Eating Brunch at The Park at 14th
For brunch, we headed to The Park at 14th, a restaurant known for its chic atmosphere and delicious food.
The Park at 14th is located in the trendy Logan Circle neighborhood and offers a brunch buffet with a variety of options to choose from.
The food was delectable, and the service was fantastic.
We laughed, talked, and ate until we were all stuffed.
The ambiance was lively, and the music was perfect for setting the mood for a fun-filled day.
The Importance of Genuine Friendships
One of the best things about this momcation was spending time with my genuine friends.
We’ve been friends for 20 years, and we’ve been through it all together.
As black moms, we know how hard it can be to find genuine friendships that aren’t built on competition or negativity (like my first trip).
But when we do find those friendships, they’re worth holding onto.
We laughed, shared stories, and created new memories.
It was a much-needed break from the responsibilities of motherhood, and it reminded us of the importance of friendship.
So, did you book your momcation, yet?
If I leave you with anything, remember this: taking care of yourself is like putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others.
A momcation is a chance to breathe easy, kick back, and rediscover your sanity.
I hope my tale of woe and triumph has tickled your funny bone and given you the courage to plan your own momcation.
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You are warriors, you are heroes, and you are doing an amazing job.
And if you ever need a little extra guidance, support, or just some mom-to-mom laughs, I’ll be here for you at Do You Even Mom?
Keep on mommin’ like the amazing, strong, and beautiful mothers you are!