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What’s the best place to take kids on vacation?
I get this question all the time. There are a lot super-parents out there searching for the biggest and most educational places to develop the young mind. While I love traveling to experience new places and cultures, there is one travel objective that sits on top of my list. It might sound a little sappy, but taking an annual trip with the family, bonding and creating memories rules all other kid-friendly trips.
Sometimes, routine is underrated.
There’s just something special about going to the same place, every year with the same people. It’s fun to see how your kids grow from year to year. Growing up, that place was Cape Cod. My family would pack up the car and head there for a week of fun in the sun. We’d spend the entire day on the beach, playing and making sandcastles. We’d eat ice cream every single day, take long bike rides and always spend a little time whale watching. It’s still amongst my fondest memories.
It’s those memories that really make travel special, and it’s the exact kind of thing I’ve loved sharing with my kids. I’ve found passing down my Cape Cod experience to my kids to be incredibly heartwarming. It’s so fun to see them enjoying the exact things I used to when I was a kid. I know this is going to make me sound old, but in today’s day and age, everything moves so fast. It’s reassuring to know that when it comes to kids and summer vacations, things really haven’t changed that much.
There are a few more things I like about visiting the same place annually.
One, it sets you up for fun traditions. Going to the same restaurant, park or enjoying the same nightly bonfire creates anticipation for everyone. And if you ask me, anticipation is sometimes ore fun than the activity itself.
Taking the same trip every year also really lets you see how your kids are growing and changing. It seems like just last week you were putting them down early in the pack and play after their first dip in the water. All of a sudden, they’re wanting to body surf or wake board. My kids aren’t quite there yet, but I know they will be in the blink of an eye.
And lastly, planning a trip to a familiar place is just so much easier. You know what to expect, and can easily pack accordingly. As someone who’s constantly going to new places, that in itself is a major draw.
What was your favorite family trip growing up? Have you shared this with your children?