It’s not often that we get away from the farmhouse to travel. We’re usually tied up with work, school (Little Mr. FVF is a middle-schooler and it’s more difficult to pull them out of school when they have 6 classes in a day!), football (4 months of our year is dedicated to football almost daily), animals (4 dogs, 22 chickens — that’s a lot of mouths to feed every day!) and/or projects around the house. Plus, there’s always that tug-of-war about whether we should spend money to take a vacation or sink it back into much needed projects or repairs around the farmhouse. Although, after spending the first year and a half in this house without a break from it, I put my foot down. Okay, it was more like a break down . . .but nevertheless, Mr. FVF and I reassessed and determined that getting away for family time that didn’t involve a power tool, paint brush, or pry bar wasn’t a bad thing and might actually be the only way to keep me sane. Therefore, we make it a conscious effort to set aside money each month to funnel into at least one family vacation each year. We also bought a camper and try to go camping fairly regularly. I will catalog our trip reports here as well as break down some of our trip planning and share my tips and tricks along the way.