When it comes to road trips, vacations, and campouts it can be difficult to schedule them around one pressing appointment: Sabbath.

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, if you believe in the holiness of Sabbath day then there are some things you cannot do. I’m not saying you cannot do them! When you believe in the Sabbath there are many rules that we place on ourselves. These tips are to try and help you get around your own thoughts about the Sabbath so that you can both honor the Sabbath day and enjoy the family trip you have planned.

As you plan your vacation or get-away, you can still have a wonderful time while still enjoying and remembering the Sabbath is holy.

  1. Find a church to attend
    Search for a local church to attend while on your trip. It will be a blessing on the Sabbath to yourself and your children. They will get another church and Sabbath School experience and discover they’re welcome wherever they may go!
  2. Pay in advance for relaxing and fun activities
    The issue many families have with Sabbath activities is the cost/payment, but in today’s world, you can pay in advance for almost anything! So many relaxing and peaceful experiences cost money, but you do not have to compromise your beliefs to enjoy them.
  3. Plan for weekdays instead of weekends
    It is easier to plan a vacation over weekends, especially if you have a full-time job. However, a lot of people don’t realize that hotel and resort rates are substantially cheaper during the week. Plan your vacation during the week, save money, and avoid Sabbath hours altogether if that is best for your family.
  4. Plan new, fun Sabbath activities
    If you have specific activities that your family does every Sabbath, build upon this tradition and bring new ones on your trip. Hanging out in a hotel room during Sabbath hours will be more pleasant for the whole family when there are new and fun things to do!
  5. Don’t be afraid of skipping church
    I was well into my late twenties before I realized I can have a peaceful, restful, and fulfilled Sabbath without attending church. Take the pressure off yourself and your family to find and attend a church if that is adding to your travel stress. Instead, find a park, nature trail, garden, or recreation area to enjoy the Great Outdoors.

For more ideas for Sabbath activities that will make your weekend vacation a success, click HERE.