You either have time or you have money. It's very rare you have both at the same time, if you are part of the rat race.
So, being out of a job makes you freak and want to find a new one, but it's also a great opportunity to travel without needing any vacation days. We skipped visiting family this summer and we knew our kids would need some more time with their Grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.
We flew to London, which was the cheapest way to get to Europe in December with a family of four. We stayed in the city and Sarah just loved riding the double decker buses. Christmas was beautiful in London. We explored the city. Had pizza. Rode the subway. Saw Buckingham Palace, had Fish and Chips, watched Ducks and slept well.
After 24 hours we took the train to Paris and stayed in a modern hostel. The next morning we were in line to get up the Eiffeltower. We walked along the Seine and found a great little Christmas market where we spent some time. We left at night to get to our next stop, the grandparents in Stuttgart. The train ride was a bit complicated, but we made it.
We enjoyed some nice days with them, celebrating Christmas with lots of yummy food and then moved on to my brothers. The boys played soccer in the backyard all day and we celebrated our second Christmas with my family. After some nice days there, we moved on to my sister in law to celebrate Tim's 10th birthday and New Years Eve.
In the new year we visited some of my best friends for 2 more days. From there we flew back to London. Marco spent some time in the hotel before he went back to the airport to fly to Thailand while I met up with a old college friend at the Big Ben and returned to Seattle with the kids.
After a long but fine flight we slept well and the kids were back in school the next day. It took a couple of days to overcome jetlag but we did way better than all the years before.
Optimistic, curious, human bee.