We are having an exciting launch week, here, at World Moms Blog! On that note, we’d like to introduce you to our first “Friday Question”, where we ask a question to get to know our World Moms Blog writers better, and we look forward to hearing more about you, the readers, in our comments section!
We’ve started off the conversation this week by polling our World Moms Blog writers, and asked them, “What was the best vacation experience you had with your kids?” Here is what they had to say…
Eva Fannon of Washington, USA says:
“My husband and I first visited Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) in December 2006 when I was pregnant with my first child. We went back with our daughter in December 2008, when she was a little over two years old.
We did lots of fun things….like riding ferries, going to watch a Tier II Junior ‘A’ ice hockey game, ice-skating in The Butchart Gardens, catching a kid’s music show at Craigdarroch Castle, and visiting the Royal BC Museum. The most memorable part of the trip? Taking our daughter for Afternoon Tea at The Empress Hotel. She had SO much fun getting dressed up and getting served in the fancy little tea cups and having the petite sandwiches. I will never forget her big eyes and smiles of delight during our ‘tea party’.”
Jen Warren of the U.K. says:
“We’ve been on many, wonderful holidays as a family, but I have to say the trip that stands out in my mind was to Cambodia. It was only Emily and I, and it was our last trip together before we moved to England. We had the most amazing time together!
The perfect combination of relaxation and culture. In the mornings, we explored the temples of Angkor Wat together and the afternoons were spent relaxing by the pool of the quaint B&B where we stayed. Of course this was Emily’s favorite part as she wasn’t very keen on the cultural side of our visit at 9 years old!”
Courtney Capallo of Massachusetts, USA says:
“My favorite vacation that I’ve had with my two little girls was at Disney World in Orlando, Florida (USA) this past summer. I told both of my girls prior to leaving for the trip that I was going to make their dreams come true. I am certain that my husband and I lived up to that statement!
I went on a shopping spree before we left, as I wanted my girls to have festive, matching outfits. The whole vacation was an absolute dream. I knew that they were having a blast by the amounts of time I heard their breath taken away.
Seeing my 5-year-old’s eyes light up while getting fancied up at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique was a moment I’ll never forget. Having five different families approach her that day to have their picture taken with her made her feel like a real princess. The icing on the cake was when the character “Jessie” from Toy Story 3 stopped the Disney parade to come over and hug my daughter. Finally, having my (then 1-year-old) daughter jumping up and down with excitement every time we got on Small World still makes me smile from ear to ear.”
Sunny Springer of New Jersey, USA says:
“We travel to Japan every other year to visit my parents. This summer was the first time in a while that we traveled without a stroller and any diapers. What a difference! After 14 hours of flight from JFK (NY) to Tokyo and some 6 hours of train rides to my hometown, we were exhausted and worn out. When I think about the cost of the trip and time we stay, I sometimes want to choose to get away to the Caribbean!
But in the end, no matter what, nothing can replace a family reunion. It is also very interesting to see how my children adjust themselves each time. When we arrive in Japan, they are really 100 % American, foreigners visiting Japan for first time. When we come home to the States, they come back as Japanese. Well, they mostly talk about how well their grandmother cooks…”
Maggie Ellison of South Carolina, USA says:
“One of my favorite trips that we took as a family was an impromptu weekend camping trip to James Island in Charleston, South Carolina (USA) with my brother and his family. This was the kids’ first time camping, so just setting up the tent and sleeping bags was more than enough to make them happy.
We brought very few toys with us, as we didn’t feel the kids would need them, and they didn’t. They looked for birds, took a walk, found and named roly-polies, played with their flashlights, roasted marshmallows, sat in our laps, read books and fell asleep by 9:00pm.
My husband and I wanted to get away from everything, be with each other and be surrounded by nature. We also wanted to see how the kids would take to it, as we both like to camp and haven’t done it since our our oldest was born. It just feels so rejuvenating and peaceful to sit under the trees and stars at night, smell the logs burning on the fire and sip on a nice cold margarita. Yes, we made margaritas and they were wonderful. It’s not your usual camping drink, but my husband brought it as a surprise for me, as he knows that is my favorite. He’s a great man!”
We had so many detailed responses from our enthusiastic mom writers, that we’ve actually had to split this question into two posts! Log in next Friday for a continuation of “What was the best vacation experience you had with your kids?” from more of our World Moms Blog writers!
We’d also like to hear from our readers! What was YOUR best vacation experience with your kids? Tell us in the comments section below!
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