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Relaxing Family Getaway May Require Rewriting Rule Book

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Planning a great vacation often involves breaking some, or all, of the normal family rules. Valarie D'Elia filed this report.

When it comes to family travel, a relaxing getaway might mean rewriting the rulebook, and that could mean breaking the golden rule of missing school.

"The airfare was astronomical during the break, and I didn't want to spend that, so I decided to do it when my husband and I could also get off. We have to do some makeup work when we get back. It's not that big of a deal," says one parent.

D'Elia: Is there anything that your mom lets you do besides take a couple of days off from school when you're here at Disney that you normally don't do?
Girl: She gives me whatever I want.
Mother: Including too much sugar.

Modifying meal habits is one way families break from their normal routines.

"Definitely more lax. As a matter of fact, today at lunch, she said, she always asks what she can get and I said, 'You can get anything that you want.' And that doesn't happen at home," says another parent.

Staying up late? Permission granted.

"He'll be a trooper and stay till 11 o'clock closings and everything like that. He does just fine," says one father.

Ignoring the rules followed at home can be an effective coping mechanism.

"Absolutely. I mean, in terms of parenting, I'd say you have to break any rule you can to keep the trips fun, because travel can be so stressful for all ages," a mother says. 

For adults who have been there, done that, flouting self-imposed restrictions can provide a welcome new perspective.

"The reverse bucket list is not doing the things I have to do before I die. It's doing the things again that I have to do before I die to find out if I hate at 65 what I hated at 35," says a vacationer. "Let's say I discover I really like spas and cruises. I have another harmless pleasure that I can give myself."

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