“I don’t want some Mickey Mouse ruining my breakfast!”
These were the words my then 4-year old son Harris uttered when I asked him if he wanted to visit Disney World. Now, if you knew my son, you wouldn’t be surprised since he has possessed strong opinions since birth. Evidently, a meal with costumed characters was not on his bucket-list. So, we nixed any plans to visit that Orlando shrine to all things Disney, and booked a trip to Aruba. Harris spent the week chasing green lizards at the Hyatt Regency Aruba, snorkeling in crystal-clear blue waters off of Palm Beach, and leading his parents on a wild-goose chase around the streets and plazas of Oranjestad. And, thus began what would become a family travel tradition.
In the past seventeen years we have taken our sons, Harris and Jack, to 37 countries and 25 states (my tally is 46 countries). Their travel experiences have broadened their minds, increased their vocabulary, sharpened their geography skills, and expanded their palate. And, it has given us priceless memories of quality time spent with our children. Travel doesn’t necessarily have to involve a passport; it could be a drive just a few miles from your own backyard. But, no matter where you go, travel should be enriching, educational, and most importantly fun.
This blog is inspired by my professional life. I worked for eleven years in Marketing and Public Relations for the NY Marriott Marquis; I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from the State University of Binghamton, and an A.A.S. degree in Travel & Tourism Management from The City University of New York; and I am a Travel Consultant at Herricks Travel, American Express.
This blog is where I share my travel experiences here and abroad, and present useful and concrete travel information and tips. Whether crossing an international border, or hopping across a county or state line, there are endless opportunities to introduce your family to new customs, new ideas, new foods, and new people and become a unique family traveler.
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