We had a full day of exploring new-to-us spots in Florida, and I’m still in awe that we get to live here. Since I’ve lived the majority of my life in the Midwest, living near the beach with warm winters is like a dream come true. I seriously love wearing sandals year round.
Do you have any hidden gems or under-the-radar Florida spots? I’d love to hear about them!
Remember when you were in college or in your early 20s and you would travel without a care in the world? You could spend 75 cents and have a sleeve of Oreos and an apple for lunch. You could wander for hours getting lost in a city just for the sake of exploring. You could sleep overnight in an airport when your flight got canceled.
Then you had kids.
Suddenly travel became overwhelming. How am I supposed to travel the world with these kids when it feels like I need to pack my entire house in the diaper bag for a trip to Target? Will they sleep at all in the hotel, or will they just keep waking each other up? Will the flight or road trip be a preview of what hell is like? What if the baby cries the entire time, or the toddler throws a fit because he just wants to be exploring the aircraft instead of sitting quietly in his seat? Also, it's actually pretty expensive to travel with 5 human beings instead of 1.
So why do we do it? It’s because the reward is so great, and there are 10 reasons why in blog post (top link on my linktree)
Today we did some exploring. There were some amazingly beautiful moments, but there were a lot of sweaty meltdowns and a toddler who thought ant hills were fun toys. Though sometimes staying home is so much easier I never regret being a tourist in my own community.
A few reasons to explore your own city with kids:
Low risk. If the kids have meltdowns, it's no big deal. You can just head home! You also already know your way around, so there's less stress or fear of getting lost.
Ties to the community. When you start exploring your town through the eyes of a tourist, you'll gain a greater appreciation for it, and really start to feel a sense of pride and connection to the place you live.
You're teaching your kids how to be a good traveler. When vacationing or visiting a new city, you'll expect your kids to come with you to museums or landmarks that might not be their favorite thing to do. It's important for them to learn how to occupy themselves and behave themselves in these situations, but it takes practice.
Read the rest on my blog post about exploring your own city with kids! Link in bio.
If you travel with a toddler I have a question for you!
What makes some destinations or types of vacations more toddler-friendly than others? What do you look for when planning trips with 1-2 year olds?
I have an entire blog post almost ready to publish on this topic, but I’m curious to hear from other parents! Beaches? Theme parks? Hiking? Big city? Cruises? What do you avoid? What are your favorites?
Pippa got her ears pierced! I’ve been trying to convince her to do this for years, and this week she decided on her own that she wanted to do it.
We went to a tattoo parlor so they didn’t numb it, and they did one ear at a time. She was so brave and didn’t cry once. (We always talk about how being brave means you’re scared but you do it anyway...by the way she was squeezing my hand I think it’s a safe bet that she was scared). She looks so grown up! 😭
Rio was truly a dream destination for me, and I’m so glad I had the chance to experience it. It was my first international press trip, too! If you want to read more about it, check out my latest blog post- link in bio 🇧🇷
Pippa’s got the travel bug! She’s becoming such a good little traveler, helping me plan trips and pack. In fact, she’s planning a trip where the 2 of us go on a girl’s trip to NYC. According to her we’re going to sip coffee on the balcony (“but I’ll have hot chocolate and you have coffee Mommy”), see the Statue of Liberty, and walk around the city.⠀
Um...that sounds like a dream trip. Can she be my travel agent?
Writing about beach destinations is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it 😜
@diplomatbeachresort and @visitlauderdale made my visit this past weekend absolutely flawless. I live in Florida, but I didn’t even realize that Fort Lauderdale is actually paradise. 10/10 would recommend if you’re getting married, going on a honeymoon, need a bachelorette party destination, or just a plain old family vacation.
Have you been to Fort Lauderdale?
Did you know General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park is the largest tree in the world? I didn’t until we had a chance to visit. National Parks make *awesome* family trips. What National Parks are on your wish list?
I thought this was the most thoughtful touch at Hotel Milo in Santa Barbara. Guests can borrow bikes for the day to explore around town. My kids were too young for us to make use of this, but I fully plan on going back (either when they’re older or without them) to ride these adorable blue bikes along the seaside, the breeze blowing through my hair...⠀
What’s something you haven’t been able to do while traveling because your kids were too young?