Ever since I was a little girl I have loved to travel…my favorite memories from my childhood are from the times we would travel as a family. I certainly don’t remember what I got for Christmas when I was 12 or 13, but I do remember the places we traveled that year, the things we did and how it made me feel. My brothers and I didn’t always get along, in fact we fought quite often, but the memories and times we spent together were still amazing. That I one thing I will always feel grateful to my parents for – they knew it was important to travel together! As a kid my absolute favorite place that we went to was Majorca (one of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain) – my Dad’s company owned a Villa there and we would go and spend 3 weeks the summer there!
When our kids were very young Brandon and I decided that we wanted to create similar amazing memories for our kids, so we always made sure that we took at least one memorable trip each year with the kids. We have traveled many places with them, including road trips, long flights and of course we had to do the Theme parks both in Florida and California. The face that I have all boys meant that of all the theme parks, they loved Universal in Florida which also has Islands of Adventure.
Now they are a little older, we find things on the agenda such as: cliff jumping, kayaking, river rafting, snorkeling & swimming with Manta Rays, hiking down to sea caves filled with sleeping turtles (the hiking part is a little more for Brandon and I but they go along with it), zip lining, trying new cuisines, boogie boarding, surfing, paddle boarding, and many, many more things. The thing that I love about traveling with my boys is that they will pretty much be open to any new adventure and give it a try. It makes the trip so much more fun when new things are tried and places seen!
For spring break this year we booked our trip to Hawaii and decided to explore 2 islands: Kauai first then the Big Island. If you don’t know anything about the islands, Kauai is filled with Roosters that crow at dawn every morning…it may take a couple of days to get used to it, but it’s worth it! Brandon and I have been to Kauai a couple of times but always stayed on the dry side (Poipou), the kids have never been here. This time we are staying up on the wet side, Princeville. It is beautiful and tropical, and of course rains almost every day (at least for a little while). I have this love/hate relationship with rain but I can honestly say that I don’t hate it here…how could anything ruin the fact that we’re in paradise?!
It is also really important to Brandon and I to take time and travel without the kids to make sure we are nurturing our relationship, because there would be nothing worse than waking up one day when the kids are older and realizing that we have nothing in common. We take at least one trip (aside from our business trips) a year to somewhere new and exciting and explore together, here are some places we have been without the kids: Greek island cruise, Rome, Milan & Venice, Costa Rica, Norway & Scotland, Kauai, Maui, Playa Del Carmen, we are taking an Alaskan Cruise in June and next year we have a European trip planned with some friends – including a Danube River Cruise.
I will definitely admit that if I don’t travel I start to feel a little twitchy, even if it means we take a road trip down to California or North to Seattle area… Travel is something that makes me feel whole, it fulfills the part of me that always needs to experience something new, the part of me that is a little bit of a nomad.
Do you have a favorite place to travel? I would love to know, because I’m always looking for new places to go…