To me, the beauty of photography is that it forces you to focus in on sites that would otherwise go unnoticed. You can cut away the distractions and zero-in to what really matters, in a moment. Photography creates a framework to discipine your perspective.
We had a similar approach to our vacation this year.
Money was/is tight, now that Brian is home with the kids. At first, we chose a trip to TN for Spring Break as a consulation to a "real" vacation. We would be gone for a couple of days, instead of seven. We would go to Chattanooga to cut down on the cost of gas, as it is really close to Atlanta. We would eat the free breakfast at the hotel, bring snacks to cover a make-shift lunch, and pick a modest restaurant for dinner.
We hoped the kids (and we) woudn't notice all the cutting out. We hoped that we could somehow capture what really mattered for a vacation -- getting out of dodge, eating new food, seeing new sites, having TIME together as a group that wasn't dictated by a clock or somewhere to be. A pool.
Before we even left town, it started off sour -- the minivan wouldn't crank despite a week "young" battery. And, there was that lice discoverey (ugh).
The trip was delayed by a day. Hearts we sad. But boy, it helped us get perspective real fast about how cool it was going to be to hang in a fresh town for several days.
It was a wild success.
Family participation in the picture taking helped also. ;)