Is Spring Break Better in Retirement?

A couple of days ago, I read a very endearing blog post written by Lauren over at The Stuff of Life Blog.  It seems that Lauren found herself traveling with her son to Miami for spring break!

First off, she gets some seeerioouuusss cool mom points, especially since she footed the bill.  And secondly, she got me thinking about why I was glad not to be my former, younger, wild thing self of (eh-hem…) just a few short years ago.

These days, the Encore Voyage definitely does not include spring break antics.  Here are a few reasons:

1. We don’t need to escape – Our daily life is pretty damn sweet!  Back in the day, we would count the days until we could ditch college and get some relief somewhere…anywhere!  Now, there’s just not that much to run from.

2. Sleeping in is no longer our priority – God knows I never thought anyone would hear me say this…I have become a lark.  This from a perpetual night owl!  I worked my way through college as a bartender – staying up half the night was part of the routine.  Spring break was when we dreamed of sleeping until noon.  But now – wait for it – I love the sunrise!  I believe this is because we are no longer exhausted as we were during our working careers.  Weird, I know, but true!

3. We don’t need to use spring break to catch up (on studies or other chores) – Remember when you would use spring break to start reading that 50,000 pages that you had put off reading?  Or would count on having the time finally to start that term paper? For us, those things that need to be done have either already been done, or they’ll keep until tomorrow…or next week.

4. The party of a few hundred thousand can go on without us – Spring break evokes pictures of beaches full of wall to wall young sweaty bodies.  Not my idea of a good time anymore.  Does it say something about us that on our recent cruise, there were few people younger than about 25?  And that we planned it that way?  I don’t think we’re old fuddy-duddies, but we sure as heck plan our springtime travels for the times when the little revelers will be safely back in their academic constraints!

5. We know our limits –  Ahhhh, that dancin’, loud music, beach filled, booze fest attended by thousands of our new best friends.  Back then we could hardly wait.  Older – wiser – I can’t remember the last time I puked on my shoes!  Perhaps it’s because we can now afford better cocktails and good wines?  Or maybe we just grew up enough to know that needing to shave your tongue or hold your eyelids open with toothpicks is not a great feeling…

6. THEY come to US – I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was in college, I couldn’t wait to go HOME for spring break.  Most years I was out the door and headed for good old mom and dad’s!  Laundry in tow and expecting a paid for, home cooked meal was about the best thing ever.  We don’t have kids, but my friends tell me that one of the perks of retirement is getting to spend time with children and grandchildren on their spring breaks – On your own terms!

7. No more bikinis! – Lauren truthfully points out that it is difficult to walk around all day with your stomach tucked in, but that if she had to, she could – She just doesn’t need to anymore!!! I couldn’t have said it better myself!

So how about it, fellow voyagers?  Got any other reasons why retired spring break is better for you?  I’d love to hear!

Lynn

Photo credit:  That baby is mine, all mine, taken during a younger, boozier time! 🙂

9 thoughts on “Is Spring Break Better in Retirement?

  1. Retirementallychallenged.com

    I never was too terribly wild but I did have some “experiences” that didn’t exactly show good judgment. I’m with you, I much prefer our ongoing spring break (otherwise known as retirement) to the crazy days of our youth. I guess I wouldn’t mind having the energy and bikini-ready body back, but, all-in-all, not a bad trade-off.

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  2. susan@marsha'sbungalow

    Funny memories. I never, ever did anything on spring break that would fit into a ‘springbreak’ story. I thought once or twice I should do something spring-breakish, but crowds, loud sounds, barfing – I might have felt guilty for not taking part, but I always felt relief. I think I was born to be retired, even back then!

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  3. patwdoyle11

    I am embarking on a spring break with some friends and their kids. I planned it to arrive early to mentally prepare. Kids are 10 & 4. Beach yoga this morning helped. If there is binge drinking, it will be me. I ‘m not sure how I agreed to this… 10 & 4 and 6 day’s together! Send me strength.

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  4. mommermom

    I loved this post. You made me laugh! I have not puked on my shoes in my recent memory either! ! When I was working, I was up before 5:00 AM every day, now I lollygag in bed until 6 or 6:30 AM. I feel I have wasted the day if I stay in bed any longer than that!. We try to avoid traveling during spring break to avoid increased prices and crowds.

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