While I have taken a break from writing my blog, I have seen my son grow from a baby to a seven year old. He has helped us shape our trips in the last few years and we have not stopped trotting domestically and internationally with him. The trips that have most enjoyable include ones where we either spend time with our immediate family and close friends or ones that were focused on activities that aligned with our son’s interest i.e. skiing, farming, horse ranch or elephant camps. All-inclusive resorts/ hotels with an active kids club, a heated pool, restaurant on premises, room with a kitchen/ kitchenette and nature-driven locations have been our favorite so far. We try to keep away from urban hotels and bed and breakfasts that usually have low tolerance for kids below 12 years in age. While our son is young, we do prefer destinations that are in our driving range and along with other like minded families with similar aged kids.
The places that we have enjoyed visiting the most in the past few years include:
• October in Blackberry Farms – Knoxville, TN
• Thanksgiving at Woodloch Resort – Hawley, PA
• Summer time in Colorado i.e.: Aspen, Beavercreek, Denver, Smith Fork Ranch
• Winter in the vicinity: Stowe Mountain, Vermont, ThunderRidge, Hunter Mountain
• Long weekends with family in Boston, MA
Internationally, it has been really fun to travel to:
• Black Forest region – Germany
• Salzburg – Austria
• Mumbai, Orange County Resorts – India
• Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in Thailand
The exposure to a variety of people, cultures, activities and languages has helped us as well as our son to value the underlying humanity, love and respect for each other. My son has grown a thorough interest in farming and in animals. I am hoping that traveling will continue to inspire us to widen our horizons and interests beyond our four walls.