a) Since having kids, have you taken a vacation without them, where a vacation is defined as at least three days away (i.e., a long weekend counts)?This is all coming out of my utter bewilderment to find that my friend has essentially not left town without her husband and three children for the past twelve years. (Barring one two-day work conference where she worked straight through and had no fun at all.) I think I would go nuts if I did that, and I'm wondering if I'm just a weirdo, or if her situation is uncommon. She's curious too. :-)
b) Have you done so for any reason other than work?
c) Did you feel like you had to have a reason -- i.e., a bachelorette party, bridal shower, baby shower, etc? Or could you just go off on your own, or with friends?
d) If you've only done it as a work trip, did you deliberately schedule it so you'd have at least one day / night free as well?
e) Have you ever left your kids to vacation without taking your spouse / partner with you?