I can’t believe that we leave for our annual summer holiday in less than two weeks. I have so much to do to get ready. It’s funny–we plan trips for months and they seem forever away. Now we are approaching the finish line. We are off to England and France for a few weeks in July and we’re all excited. My kids have been Traveling Kids since they right out of my womb, and they will soon have yet more stamps to add to their passports.
So, I got to thinking, where are all my social media compadres off to this summer? I heard from a lot of my social media friends and decided to post their responses here. If you’re not following each and every one of them, you should. Many are travel bloggers and provide the best family travel information on where to go and what to do with kids. Others are fab bloggers whose blogs I follow regularly, and who I am glad to call friends. From Spain to Lake George to St. Petersburg, they’ve got the entire globe covered, and if your trip isn’t planned yet, you just might get some ideas here:
I’m heading to my hometown outside of Boston next week with the kids. We’ll hang out at the beach, see some friends, and most importantly, they’ll have people other than me to entertain them. That’s all I really want from a vacation.
I’m so excited to have rented a house in Spain in August with the kids and the grandparents, far from any touristy cities. One word: Cava.
We’re doing the usual summer family trips. Sigh. I like seeing family, but when they live in Kansas, Florida, and Buffalo, that’s a lot of money and time – by the time we’re done we don’t have much of either left. But we will be going tent camping near Lake George with another family, so that will break things up a bit. Hoping to take one more trip, maybe a long weekend somewhere, but we haven’t decided where yet.
Our summer travel is centered on history, baseball, family, and nature. We’ll be walking the Freedom Trail and watching a Red Sox game in Boston before heading up to central Vermont for three weeks for lots of hiking, kayaking, swimming, and cycling. Then just to sneak in one more trip before school starts, we will fly out to southern Wisconsin to spend a week with aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. I’m looking forward to lots of relaxing, playing games, and cooking out!
Elissa Freeman (@elissaPR)
Having done Hawaii over March Break – we’re keeping it low key this summer! While The Kid’s away at camp, my husband and I will travel to Killarney Mountain Lodge in Northern Ontario where you’ll find some of the best fresh water boating in the world and great hiking. In late August we’re going very kitschy…and off to Cleveland to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Really.
We have a friend who’s the ambassador to Norway, so we are anchoring a Europe trip with three nights at the embassy in Oslo, then to Copenhagen for 3 days via overnight ferry, and then to St. Petersburg for 3 days. Hoping to take advantage of sunny and very LONG days, though we will miss the peak of the midnight sun. Legoland and Tivoli Gardens are on the agenda!
I plan on going to good ‘ole Houston, Texas this summer to spread the luscious life and see my cutie pie nephew. And last but not least have a Whataburger.
Last summer my husband and I took a 5 day road trip up North to the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan. We visited Suttons Bay, Leelanau and all the gorgeous little towns in the area. Plus, we hit as many wineries as we could because WOW, does Michigan have the right to boast of some fabulous wines. We decided that we are going to try, every summer, to go back. Without kids. Fingers crossed that it will happen again this year!
I’m a native Southerner, but I hadn’t given Atlanta a chance as a tourist destination since about 1992, until I went alone last March, and I was very impressed by the amount of culture I was able to take in over a two day period. If you come armed with a City Pass, Atlanta , it can be a blast for families! Stay at a hotel in the Midtown area and use MARTA to zip around to the sites (the Coke Museum was a bit of a walk…but I found it). You can take in the Aquarium, the Coca-Cola Museum, the High Museum of Art, and Zoo Atlanta all on one City Pass. Being the South, delicious local restaurants are plentiful, too!
I’m heading from my Colorado home to NH, my childhood state, for three weeks with my husband and kids. We’ll stay in my mom’s guest house on Lake Winnipesauke, and also take a couple of “vacations within our vacation” to VT and ME. Our other big summer getaway: road trip to Yellowstone! We’ll camp in the national park for four nights, and hope to have enough time to check out Jackson, WY, and the Grand Tetons, too.
We are heading off to art camp in Italy with Art al Sole. Our session will be near Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Participating kids will explore nearby art and architecture together, take cooking lessons, and learn how the locals live. This will be followed by a much-needed parents-only getaway to Salina in the Aeolian Islands. When we aren’t in Italy, we’ll be enjoying the spectacular summer activities on Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), where we live in Switzerland.
My summer will be spent visiting family and attending social media events. I’m jaunting to Asheville, NC for Type A Parent Conference. In August, my family is heading to southern California. I’ll visit my in-laws in LA, then escape off to San Diego for BlogHer. At the end of September, my family plans to visit my newly married brother in Munich. But for me, it’s all about the random spontaneous roadtrips – right now I’m in Twin Falls, ID getting a blog makeover from April Durham from my bloggy bestie.
Just got back from multi-gen family travel vacay Mexico w/30 ppl. Future Sturgis motorcycle road trip w/my hubby. Maui late summer.
Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post.