We decided a few years ago...taking a vacation without the kids?
Lining up the childcare, making grandma keep up with their schedules, worrying?
It was all a nightmare, and by the second night away? I wished the kids were WITH us. Seeing the ancient volcano, trying out snorkeling, tasting an authentic dish.
We've also learned that the HOTEL POOL is usually more fun than any vacation activities. So we found that staying in a condo with a pool and with a kitchen cuts down on our travel costs. And airfare for 5 is out of the question.. so we find places within a 15 hour drive. The kids are troopers and make it in one shot now.
This is outside our Hotel in Palm Desert last winter.
(That would be near Palm Springs, one town removed).
We rode the tram, cuz the guide book said it was a no miss. But in our opinion the ridiculously high priced ticket with the snow and cold at the top and the fancy lunch prices NOT fun for kids, and WORTH missing...
However the awesome walking trails nearby? Oh my gosh, soooo beautiful. The kids had a blast, and it looked like we were walking in an alien forest!
And meeting up with friends from New Jersey in California? Seriously cool.
Whatdya think? Christmas Card worthy?
And outside the children's museum...
These are vacations WORTH taking the kids along!
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