Overwhelmed? Tired? Ready for a reboot? Give yourselves permission to take a long holiday away from the pressures of family life as you know it. While it may take some time to lighten your economic load, (cancel the cable subscription or rent your house?) and plan for such an adventure, the benefits of an extended time away with your family can pay lifelong dividends. You'll discover the joys of relaxed afternoons at the beach, evenings around a game table or hiking on a new trail. Your children with benefit from the rare and valuable lessons learned while exploring new cultures, listening to and then learning an unfamiliar language and forging a new path. Whether your sabbatical lasts for weeks, months or a year, you're likely to return revitalized and with a fresh perspective.
(Lynn O'Rourke Hayes (www.LOHayes.com) is an author, family travel expert and enthusiastic explorer. Gather more travel intel on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook, or via FamilyTravel.com)