If I had an unlimited budget, I would show my kids the world.
Where would you take them? I have places I want to go, like the Dominican Republic, Italy, England, etc...but where would you take your kids? I'm not sold on anything yet, and the budget isn't set yet either.
I've looked into the Disney cruise, and that is a high contender, but I haven't booked yet.
If I had an unlimited budget, I would show my kids the world.
If I choose anything it would be a cruise through the Panama Canal. My boys like engineering stuff.
We did a dream trip a couple of years ago. We went to southern Germany, Normandy and Paris.
Next on my list would be Australia.
I would love to take a cruise around the world. Yeah - need to win the lottery to do that - so if this is a "dream"....here goes....
I would love to start out from Baltimore, head to Greenland then to Iceland, then down to the U.K., then over to France (go to Normandy, etc.) then down to Spain and Portugal - get into the Mediterranean and see Italy, Northern Africa, Greece, Turkey, then through the Suez Canal - hitting Jordan and Saudi Arabia, down to India then to Australia and New Zealand, then track back to South America.
Since I don't play the lottery - this is my dream - I'm sure I can get them to these countries one day....
So in the short term? We want to take them to Europe - they love history and World War II so we have been to battlefields there - and would love to show them Normandy, Omaha Beach, etc. And Germany where we met...take the train all around Europe. That's the plan for 2013.
Me too! I want to take my son everywhere. He's already been to Peru and we are going to Orlando, Florida this summer using our timeshare and that helps with the budget. I would like to go next year to Washington D.C. then after that we plan on doing one country per summer trip. We belong to a timeshare and we figure why not try using it for abroad trips and see where life takes us. We also recently saw Midnight in Paris and let me tell you we got the bug to go to France so bad! I think every place the ladies listed in your thread I want to go see. LOL.
The timing of this questions is really strange for me. It's all my familiy has been talking about recently! We just watched Midnight in Paris (GREAT movie BTW) and dreaming of going to Europe.
Both my girls 9 and 13 have wanted to go to France for a while and since they've both been taking Spanish since Kinder I think a France/Spain combo trip would be awesome.
It'll take some planning and some saving but a trip like that is so much more than a vacation. We're hoping to do it in the next couple of years and in the meantime a Southern Utah/Grand Canyon trip is in the works.
Oh, so easy to answer... I'd throw all the camping gear in the van and head west (we live near Boston). The UP of Michigan, Niagara Falls, the Mississippi River, the Corn Palace. There is this state park in Utah called Kodachrome, so beautiful. The top of the Arch in St Louis, playing in the snow in Glacier National Park, lost in the Sapphires in Montana, Pioneer Village in Nebraska, play ball on the Field of Dreams. I could go on and on but I am sure you get the idea.
We took a Disney cruise, and can't wait to do it again! :) We also love Disney World, so we combined that with our cruise.
Hawaii is a great place to take kids, and not too expensive for those of us on the west coast.
If I was just going on my fantasy location, with no regard to money, I'd go to Egypt, then on a safari in Africa. Places like Petra, Pompeii, Greece and most places in Europe are close seconds.
Europe, especially Greece. My 9th grader is going to France next year with band and I'm hoping the rest of us can "tag along," while still giving him his space. They've been to CA, FL, SC, HI, the Virgin Islands and Mexico and we are going to The Bahamas for spring break. My 9th grader would like to go to Central or South America because he studies spanish. My kids are older (12, 15) so traveling with them has gotten much easier.
Costa Rica - we will wait until he is 8-10. Europe - we will likely wait until he is 7-10 as well. Any place we can 'do' in 3-5 days I would do now (age 6) but I do hate to completely run him into the ground and his patience for museums is limited to about 2 -3 hours right now.
My friends go in a group of 20-40 adults who LOVE Disney cruises. We are trying one and I am hoping it will be fun and relaxing too.
If I could go anywhere, I would choose Australia including Austalia Zoo and its tourist program. I also would go to Hawaii and stay 2 weeks in a big house with a pool on the beach with a professional chef.
We would ride all the steam trains in the US, and take a train trip to Canada. We also want to visit and camp in many national parks. Maine in the fall. Disney World. We will not fly with TSA being so invasive, so we are keeping all our travel goals to cars, or trains.
I want to take my daughter everywhere, but if money were no object the top of our list would be a rail trip through Canada with a focus on the Canadian Rockies.
I have been really, really fortunate to travel with my daughter all over the US, Europe and Asia. I was able to combine our travel with work trips as well as a bunch for just the two of us. The problem now with her in college and working is she has no time for me and travel :(
With a preschooler I would probably pick Hawaii. You have the resort/beach thing combined with really interesting natural side and indigenous flora and fauna you can learn about.
When DD gets older (at least 8 or so) we would love to go to New Zealand, Iceland or South America (Chile, Argentina, Peru...maybe Brazil, depending on the security situation) and do more of a trekking type of vacation: exploring natural and cultural sites.
All over Europe, do some kind of train trip across Europe, stopping in various cities and countries... Not reality though anytime soon... the trip I am thinking of would take like a year to see even some of what I would want to show her :)
I LOVED Europe when I lived there and want desperately to show my husband and my daughter ALL of it :)
The quicker question would be "where DON'T I want to take him" !
I'm actually really miffed about travel right now.
Last year we were supposed to go spend 2 months in Argentina... but he got sick and that money was used on hospital bills (and, of course, we were in the hospital).
2 years before we were supposed to go to Egypt, Greece, Rome... but our finances took a nose dive. (It was supposed to be EGR, and then the year after HI & Japan. Both trips got cx'd. Then we had the Argentina opportunity, and IT got killed as well.)
The year before there were no travel plans, as we were buying our house.
THIS year we were supposed to go to the UK / Balkans / Rome/ Greece... and my husband pulled a rather spectacular stunt.
These are all places I have friends/ family... so all we need is airfare and spending money. Not a single trip has been budgeted for over 4k, and most for under 2k. It's also why destinations keep changing. My friends and family move about quite a bit.
When he was far too little to remember, I took him with me everywhere. For the past four years... we've just been STUCK. Thwibbt.
Miffed, I say! Miffed!
We'll get "there"! It's just taking a lot bloody longer than expected! LOL... and what's hilarious is that all these trips have been uber cheap. Murphy (or someone) is probably just collapsed in laughter... because the first trip I WILL be able to take him on will probably be a school trip / summer filed school. Which means about 6k PLUS airfare and accommodations for him and my mum to watch him while I'm working. And for only 6 weeks instead of 2-3mo. <rolls eyes>> Man plans. God snickers.
If money were not an object we'd be off to China. He is 6 and he wants to go so bad. I'd be fun to see the Great Wall and I think Hong Kong has a Disneyland. It would be fun to see the Asian take on Disney.
I would also love to take him touring Europe if money were no object.
Since money is a factor we are doing Disney World in the fall. I also want to take him to San Antonio :-)
Vancouver (he wanted to move to Canada a few years ago LOL)
These top the list.
We want to go to Disney and London.
If money and time were no object, I'd take her back the UK and Ireland when she was older and could appreciate different things. I'd take her to Montreal. I'd love to explore other parts of Europe with her. And Australia.
Check out TripAdvisor.com They have lots of good ideas..
My older daughter would love to go to Japan, hands down and no question about it.
My little one (3 year old) would love to go to the biggest Zoo, with petting zoo and animals on the closest to their natural habitat. I think she would love Africa when she grows older.
I have wanted to go in a cruise for so long, and go to Prague and Thailand.
if i could take my kids anywhere in the world:
my oldest (7) to france. she is curious about different cuisines. she is into fashion. she's very unique, and i think she would be my perfect companion.
for my youngest (7) would definitely be hawaii. she loves the beach, loves swimming, loves pools, loves looking for shelfs, loves to dance, loves being out in the sun.
i told my oldest that within 2-3 years she and i will take that trip. just the two of us.
as for my youngest, i have told my husband to plan a trip to hawaii as soon as his schedule allows, and funds are there. i can't wait.
Have you thought about going out west to a dude ranch. That would be great for children. They can participate and learn about the old west and how it was settled by pioneers.
You can always ride a train and get a pullman car out west.
Just a thought.
We're headed to Yosemite this summer to see the Red Woods while they are still there!!!