Directly from dictionary.com...
Vacation - a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday.
One question: Why are they so darn stressful?
Do you happen to be a part of a family that has a strict itinerary planned before you even arrived to your vacation destination? You have scheduled dine out nights, planned chore charts (handles all cleaning activities), and attractions lists? Surprisingly, I bet there is a "free time" chart.
I don't know about you, but aren't vacations supposed to be relaxing? What good is a vacation if you are more stressed when you arrived home than when you left? How many people take a day off of work after your vacation is over? That is a vacation day to recoup from your vacation. How do you even explain that to your boss?
What about this? Has anyone ever thought about making the cabin rental the attraction? You put all your effort into finding that perfect Gatlinburg cabin so you can achieve true relaxation. You find the perfect deck, largest TV, and plenty of game tables to enjoy at the cabin.
Imagine the fun of sleeping late and going to bed early, watching movies on the big screen, playing games with friends, watching the sunset from the deck, enjoying the Smoky Mountain atmosphere, and most of all....relaxing! That is a vacation to me. Plus, you can save a lot of money.
The above statements are just trying to prove a point. I do know that some attractions are fun and exciting. In fact, you should enjoy some of them. I just think we have forgotten the point of a vacation. Remember, spending time with your family should your first priority. Enjoy the attractions, but don't forget the point of your vacation....relaxing.