Our family travel in 2010

Teddy in The Dig at Atlantis Resort Bahamas

I had originally thought I might write a post about my favorite trips of 2010. But when I started to look back on all of the amazing things we did, I realized I’m not sure I have a favorite. Our experiences were so diverse in both climate and activity that to pick just one as a favorite seemed unfair. So I decided instead to offer you an overview of where we went in 2010 – and a preview of what’s to come next year.

Mara and Teddy skiing at Mad River Glen

January brought two amazing family travel opportunities – the chance to visit the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas with Teddy and also a trip to Mad River Glen in Vermont where Tommy, Teddy, and Matt all learned to ski on the mountain where I took my first run nearly thirty years ago.

Tide pools Aquarium of the Pacific

In April we made the most of a few days in Los Angeles at the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the Page Museum; then we headed for Phoenix (almost running out of gas in the Sonoran Desert thanks to me).

Tommy in the Truckster

In June I turned 40 in the backseat of HomeAway’s Griswold Family Truckster while Tommy and I explored Virginia Beach and Colonial Williamsburg.

Running on The Circus in Bath

July saw us flying to England for a week in London followed by a week traveling around southeastern England from Bath to Oxford to Windsor (and yes I still haven’t written about all of it – good thing I’m not giving up blogging in 2011).

Looking for frogs

We spent our customary three weeks in Vermont in August. I’m so grateful for the time we’ve spent there as a family. Although we plan to continue visiting every summer, it will be different with my father gone. I’m so glad now that I never passed up an opportunity to go there with the boys – we share a connection to the place that will never diminish.

Teddy on Fort Myers Beach at sunset

In September we enjoyed three sunny days in Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island. The pink and white beaches of the Gulf Coast were a revelation.

Ski it if you can photo - Mad River Base Box

And this week we are once again skiing at Mad River where I will be sure to pay appropriate tribute to the photo of my father and stepmother that hangs in the base lodge.

And in between all of these many journeys, we of course spent lots of time enjoying what the area around where we live has to offer. From the Delaware Children’s Museum to the Choo Choo Barn in Lancaster to the Petersen Urban Wildlife Refuge we took in lots of MidAtlantic fun.

So what’s next? Since my father was ill this fall, it was difficult to make travel plans for 2011, and at the moment they are still sketchy. But I will tell you this: I’ve got a running list and a number of surprises up my sleeve. My goals for 2011 include much more exploration of the Midatlantic region including the Eastern Shore area of the Chesapeake. I’d also like to get the boys into Philadelphia more often. I’m thinking about a family vacation in Boston and Cape Cod. There will definitely be much more about downhill skiing with kids this winter. And I’m toying with the idea of taking a solo vacation with Matt (we haven’t had one since the beginning of 2008).

I hope that you’ve enjoyed following our adventures in 2010 and I promise that 2011 will be full of even more stories, photos, tips, plans, and dreams.

Please feel free to share your own favorite family travel memories from 2010 or any plans you have for 2011 in the comments below – I’d love to see where you’ve been and where you are going! And a very Happy New Year to you and yours.

Reader Responses

4 fellow travelers had this to say

  1. I do hope I’ll see you at TBEX Vancouver — in fact, I’m counting on it. Otherwise perhaps we need a girls’ getaway?!

    In first quarter 2011, I’ll be in Florida, Hawaii and Mexico. Do you think this ColoradoGal needs her warm-weather fix?

    All the best,
    Kara

  2. Wow! A busy year for you and I’m sure it will be even more in 2011. :) How neat to experience the warm weather and snow in the same month in January for you. Hopefully, we will meet up again somewhere. :) TBEX or Type-A? :)

  3. 2010 saw us visiting Yellowstone, Virginia, and New Jersey as our biannual pilgrimmage back to the US. This year, without the time and financial pressure of that family visit looming over us, we have both the time and the resources to do a bit more “want to” traveling (although Yellowstone was definitely “want to”!!!). So in 2011 we will be going to Bali for ten days as a whole family (which may be challenging in itself…inlaws and insisters and cousins can cause some intensities that our little family doesn’t deal with in the usual course of traveling). I also want to spend the remaining four weeks of vacation time that we have coming to us exploring a bit more of our surroundings. Now that the kids are old enough to handle long car drives, I see Exmouth Gulf, Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay, and Karijini National Park in our future. We’re also going to be doing a lot more camping. Whoo hoo!

  4. Amazing work… you sure had a lot of travels in 2010. Isn’t it amazing to travel and see the wonders of the world? Our family had a very few travels this year but I am pretty sure it was all remarkable and the memories are indeed unforgettable. I hope to for 2011 we do it more often because it is really a very effective bonding for the family.

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