Growing up, we never took vacations. My dad traveled a lot for work, so when he was home and off, we would often do day trips to different places, or a weekend to Toronto etc.
The only time we actually went away, was when I was 10 and we had a family reunion in Halifax - but my mom didn't come because the store she worked at was closing and she had to stay and help close up. I have fond memories of that trip.
After my father died, my mom did take us to Florida for march break that year, and we had a lot of fun.
I also don't remember my parents going away - never on a vacation. The odd time they would head to Montreal or Toronto for a wedding, but that was it. I remember asking my mom once why they never went away, and she said that she didn't want to leave us. If they were to go away, it would have been a family vacation.
That always stuck with me, and as a mom - I feel the EXACT same way. My kids are young - if we are going to go anywhere, I want them to come with us. We went to Disney last year, and had a blast - will likely do it again in a year or two.
So what about you - do you and your partner get away every year or do you bring the kids? or do you not take vacations at all? what about growing up?