Before baby came along, we were a couple of traveling fools. We took an average of two pretty awesome vacations per year, and a few random weekend trips thrown in for good measure. Hawaii, Miami, Napa Valley, Myrtle Beach…so many fantastic places and memories. I’ve recently been trying to backup my thousands and thousands of photos online (I’m using the paid version of Flickr for anyone looking to do the same – best service I could find) and it’s brought back to many memories of traveling and sightseeing.
The last trip we took pre-baby was a work-trip-turned-babymoon to Ft. Lauderdale. I was HUGE and uncomfortable and not at all willing to spend any amount of time in the sun or out in the ocean. I sat on the beach for about all of a half an hour. We spent most of our free time just riding the water taxi around and eating pizza. We haven’t taken a single trip for fun since the baby was born, and sadly, we still don’t have anything lined up for this year. I know people take trips with their babies. I’ve seen them do it. I’ve been on those planes! Some of you, reading this right now, have taken your baby on a plane for a vacation. How did you do it? Where did you go? Would you do it again? What do I need to know? So many questions, but I guess I’m digressing form the point of this post, which is the most important question of all: WHERE should we go?
Here’s a list of places I’m currently dreaming of escaping to, away from all this cold weather, but WITH the baby, which is why you won’t see super-far-off places like Australia Maldives, or Tahiti on this list, even though I’d love to go there someday!
We have friends that live there and have been begging us to come visit for more than a decade. We’re told the best time to come is around the holidays, since that’s their summer time. So this probably won’t be happening anytime soon, but maybe in a year or two. And I KNOW it’s kid-friendly, not only because the folks we know that live there told us so, but another couple we know with young kids just recently returned and had the time of their lives.
US Virgin Islands
How awesome would it be to hop on a boat and just sail around? Some friends of ours did this (sans kids) last fall and their photos were just spectacular. I also have another friend who did this over the holidays with her 6 month old baby and they had a blast.
We’ve been to San Diego just once, when I had to go there for a work conference, and we fell in love. I’d love to rent a convertible and drive up and down the coast, exploring the beach towns along the way and taking scenic pictures like this one. I just love California sunsets, don’t you? We also have a friend/former co-worker who lives in San Diego and since her little boy is the same age as baby D (they’re just 5 days apart), I’d love to get together for a playdate. On the beach. With margaritas for the mommies. Boom.
How could any travel list of ours NOT include Hawaii? We’re obsessed. We still have one major island left to visit – The Big Island – and I hope we can eventually cross this off our list in the next five years. The Big Island is known for its black sand beaches and is the only island with a still-active volcano.
Ok, so this is a bit different than all the other locations I just listed since there is a clear lack of beachfront property here, but there’s just something about this image that strikes me as breath-taking and I’d love to see it in person. Basically, I’ll settle for any giant lake set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains with access to a luxury hotel and spa. Whether it be Canada, or Lake Tahoe, or Como, Italy. I have no desire to ski or hike or do anything strenuous while I’m there. Just eat and drink and let someone rub my shoulders while I breathe in the crisp air.
Sadly, a recent assessment of our bank account means we probably won’t be heading to any of these places anytime soon, but a girl can dream right?
If you could go ANYWHERE right now, where would you go?