This week’s Saturday Sidebar Question comes from World Moms Blog writer Susie Newday. She asked our writers,
“What was your best ever family vacation and why?”
Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…
Maureen @Scoops of Joy of Indonesia writes:
I love this question! The best would be when I won a photo contest (my first ever photo contest) held by a pretty big hotel chain and they sent my son, and I, along with my two brothers to Bangkok for free. The picture that won second place of the contest was being displayed at their hotel and we were treated like VIPs. Our rooms got upgraded to their suite and everyone was super friendly. We had the best vacation ever.
Elizabeth Atalay of Rhode Island, USA writes:
Skiing, hands down! It is something my husband and I love to do, and every mountain has a ski school where the tiny ones go. Once the kids can keep up with us they are done with ski school, Finally the kids are old enough that we can now all ski together.
Carol @If By Yes of Vancouver, Canada writes:
We went to Vegas this summer together and Owl had a blast!
Purnima of India writes:
Tina Santiago-Rodriguez of Philippines writes:
Reading this just made me realize that we have NEVER been on a family vacation ever! Unless you count stopping over at tourist destinations en route to and from our old mission area a vacation!
Melanie Oda of Japan writes:
We’ve never been on a vacation either. I’ve taken the kids to visit family in the US, sometimes with my husband, sometimes without, but that is certainly not a vacation!
Kyla Pa’an of Massachusetts, USA writes:
We have taken a number of family vacations but so far the two most memorable have been the week we spent fishing last year on a secluded lake in Ontario, Canada and the two weeks we spent in 2010 with our good friends out in Montana. Montana was a great trip for young kids because we visited Yellowstone National Park with all of its geothermal attractions and incredible wildlife like American Bison, wolves, coyotes, Elk, Eagles plus our friends have kids the same ages and genders so everything we needed was already there. However, next summer we will take our kids on their first overseas trip for 3 weeks, which I think will trump anything to date. I’ve written about our preliminary plans here.
Martine de Luna of Philippines writes:
Our family vacation to the beach in Boracay earlier this year was most memorable. It was our son’s first time on a plane! He had fun in the white sands of Boracay, even though it took him a couple of days to warm up to the beach!
What about you… what was your best ever family vacation and why?
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This Saturday Sidebar Question has been compiled and edited by our World Mom, Alison of Malaysia.
We have taken plenty of great vacations, both kids got their passports by the time they were 6 months, but the best all around family vacation was when we went to an all inclusive Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos last August. Up until then, we always opted for renting an apt with a kitchen, so that I could cook, and it never felt like a real vacation for me. This time we let someone else do all of the cooking and cleaning. All I had to do was play and relax, all of the food, drinks, camps, scuba diving, and entertainment was included in the price. They had a “camp” for the kids if they wanted to go (which they LOVED and allowed my husband and I to go diving together). It really put my mind at ease and allowed me to really enjoy our family vacation, instead of stress, like I did last year (you can read about the trials and tribulation of that one here http://www.worldmomsblog.com/2011/11/15/new-york-usa-a-mothers-job-is-never-done/ ) 🙂
Sometimes to best vacations are close to home! We love taking our kids around the world, but we also have a lot of fun heading to the beach in New Jersey, USA every year. The kids know what to expect because they’ve been there before, there’s no airports to deal with and we never plan anything. We just go with the flow!
My second home is Hawaii as my family is from there and I get to go every year. You obviously will get prime relaxation in with the countless beaches, as well as activity with snorkeling, surfing, boating, hiking, etc. All the islands are magnificent in their own way. For learning and for kid-friendly experiences, I recommend Oahu. You can visit Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace, as well as the Pacific Cultural Center, which is fun for kids to learn about island culture. There’s also a new Disney resort on the North Shore of the island. Although these are definitely touristy spots, you can venture around the island to the quieter, smaller beach towns to get a real local experience.
My best family vacation was in Africa last year on a gorilla trekking vacation. Me , My husband and the children had the chance of standing infront of the gorillas. It was a fantastic experience.