“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Family Travels

My favorite way to travel is with my family: my daughter Alisa, son-in-law Mike, my granddaughters Kaley and Torrey.  After my husband’s death in 2004, I decided I would start a new Christmas tradition.  Every year, I would give my family the gift of travel.  Understand, I had ulterior motives: I would get to spend concentrated time with my grandchildren and create unique and special memories with them. Besides, I get to pick where we would go!  It’s helped to keep us a closely-bonded family, even as my granddaughters, who were just entering their teens at that time, have grown to be lovely adult women. We’re still at it.

 

 

What places we’ve seen; what experiences we’ve had!  We visited Alaska, explored Costa Rica and several Caribbean islands, and toured Italy and Germany.  When we began, I didn’t know how it would work out—you never really know someone until you travel with them. Turns out, I have an awesome family—everyone is loads of fun and together, through our travels, we have learned patience, sharing, problem solving, self-reliance, navigation skills, and, above all, an appreciation of other cultures and peoples.  They have a true love of travel now and travel extensively with friends. They are always ready for another journey, another adventure.

 

The buzzword for this nowadays is intergenerational travel, but really it’s just traveling with the people you love the most.  When we’re together, we often talk about our favorite places and the things we did there and the people we got to know.  Oh, and the food!  We reminisce about the things we never thought we’d eat and how delicious they were.  Sometimes we even try to recreate our favorites.

 

And then we talk about where we’ll go next.

 

You’ll get to know my family as you follow these travel thoughts.  And some of my wonderful friends, too!