Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2018 Family Travel Ideas: From New Years in Key West to a Summer Weekend at Lake Tahoe

As another year comes to a close our family always reflects back on the fun vacations we took that year and starts looking forward to what types of travel we want to plan for the upcoming year.  We always include our kids in these conversations because, especially with family travel, we want everyone to be on board and exited about the trips we take. Now, this isn't really an issue with our kids because they love going just about anywhere!

2017 Trips 
2017 was a very busy year for us. In the winter we took a weekend trip to Sea Island on the Georgia coast to celebrate the New Year and then the Mr. and I went to Houston for the Super Bowl.

Then at the end of February we took our big family ski trip.  Talk about an adventure!  We love doing things that keep us active and moving and also trying new things like snowmobiling for the first time with the kids!

When it started warming up the Mr. and I took a road trip to Kentucky for the Kentucky Derby which was amazing and our big summer trip was on the houseboat again this year. Although, Jen kind of had me wishing I'd gone with her to the beach!

Once school started back, the Mr. and I snuck in two quick trips to a ranch in Montana and to Key West.  Both were such different experiences, but oh, so amazing!

We closed our our 2017 travel with a big family trip on a cruise.  It was the perfect escape from the cold weather at home and such a fun way to spend quality family time together before the craziness of the holidays began.

Planning for 2018
For next year we already have some planning in the works. I was clicking through the Travel Guides on The Scenic Route, Alamo's collection of travel stories, guides and advice and I have a serious travel wish-list going on right now!  There is so much great information on this site and so many ideas for different types of vacations!

New Years Eve
Last year we were in Sea Island, GA for New Year's Eve and it was such a fun way to celebrate.  I love the idea of taking a trip for this holiday and kicking off the new year with a bang!  With all the cold and snow we've had recently being in a warm, fun location sounds like my kind of vacation!  This year our trip to Key West was one of my very favorites because, not only are there so many fun things to do there, but the weather and water is always gorgeous.

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I think it would be SO much fun to travel there for New Year's Eve and this guide enlightened me with all sorts of fun events and activities that take place there over New Years.  My favorite is the Key West Dachshund Walk.  Yes, you read that correctly! Apparently they are the official dog of Key West and over 200 of the dogs and their owners take part in a parade at New Years.  My mom has two miniature Dachshunds and I know the kids would get a kick out of walking them in the parade!

Family Ski Trip 
The kids are voting a big YES for a family ski trip and we haven't settled in on a mountain just yet.  Although this is not always my number one choice for a type of trip because I prefer tropical climates, it is always the best family vacation and so much fun for us all.  After reading THIS I'm thinking Keystone might be a good option.  I love when there is more to do than just ski.

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Beach Vacation 
One vacation I really hope to make happen this year is a trip to the beach. I LOVE the beach and my kids love the beach and it's usually such an easy trip to plan. You don't need to worry about an itinerary or scheduling too much.  My kids are happy boogie boarding, searching for shells or building sandcastles.  I can read a book and relax and everyone is happy!  Our summers are so short that going somewhere close by is probably our best bet.  I loved these suggestions for relaxing beach getaways near Atlanta!

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Lake Life
It's no secret we are boat people and love doing lake trips with our friends.  The houseboat trip has happened twice now and while it was fun, we're not planning on repeating it this year. Been there, done that. I'm thinking a summer trip to Lake Tahoe would be AMAZING!  Those waters are so beautiful and I think it would be really fun to show the kids lakes and backdrops in different parts of the country!  I'm sure it is so different than what we are used to here.

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Thanksgiving Getaway 
Just like how we took a cruise over Thanksgiving this year, we're hoping to do another tropical type of vacation next Thanksgiving.  While I could sit on a beach all day and be happy, that isn't the case for the Mr. as he prefers being a little more active.  I've had a lot of friends recommend Costa Rica as a destination that offers the best of both worlds. This article shares just a few of the MANY things to do in Costa Rica and I think it would be a great mix of activities making everyone happy!

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What are your favorite types of vacations?  Are your families planning any fun trips for 2018?

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  1. Costa Rica is AMAZING and has so many fun adventurous things to do! Highly recommend it!

  2. Even though it is a very small country, enjoying a bird watching vacation in Costa Rica offers many benefits. Each year sees a greater number of tourists head there to bird watch and to learn more details about the different species of birds.


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