One of the ways I love spending my summer is by traveling and visiting new places. However, planning a vacation with kids in the picture is not such an easy feat. My husband has a joke that I start planning every trip the minute we embark on the current one. And true to the cliché, it’s funny because it’s true.
I have a running list of all the places I want to go. And with kids, that planning urges feels even more intense–there are so many trips I can’t wait to take with them. So many experiences I can’t wait for them to have!
Here, my right-this-very-moment, top-five summer vacation dream list:
- El Cosmico, Texas
My husband is one of those guys who thinks camping is a roadside motel with starchy thread countless sheets. I think he’s just intimidated by setting up the tent and cooking food on an open fire. I’m pretty sure if I eliminated those two terrifying elements, he’d be game. The super hip El Cosmico is my gateway drug.
- Fincas Las Nubas, Nicaragua
We’ve almost booked this place two different times. Lush jungle, wild monkeys that swing from the trees, an organic farm, rugged beach, and an open-air house outfitted by furniture made from the surrounding trees. Once when I was talking to the owner on the phone about traveling with an infant and asked if they had a crib, he said, “No, but that’s no problem–we’ll just make you one.”
- Saugerties Lighthouse, New York
Sure it’s a little corny, but what kids wouldn’t flip to stay in an old lighthouse! Of course, with a two-year-old still in diapers, I’m hesitant to commit to the half-mile hike to this stone lighthouse inn with all our gear. But as soon as my kids can both carry their backpacks, I’m booking one of the two rooms.
- The Parkamoor, England
Everyone’s so busy, but I doubt anyone would pass on the idea of spending a quiet week with their family in a rustic, stone farmhouse decorated by a contemporary arts group with no electricity. Make the location the English countryside. It just gets better and better.
- Le Leiu Perdu, France
Before I even had kids, I wanted to spend a month or two in France during the summer with them. But, unfortunately, they’re growing up fast, so I plan to keep this absolutely perfect and amazing house on my list until it’s officially crossed off.
Now I’ve let you into my little secret, what vacation destinations are yet to e crossed off your bucket list? I want to read them in the comments section below!
For more travel ideas and inspiration, check out Meghan’s fantastic blog, Designtripper.
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