Welcome to my Guest Post series…My Favorite Family Vacation Destination. I’m so excited to share with you other traveler’s favorite destinations.
Today Steve is here from Welcome to More Kids Than Suitcases. The first thing that I loved about Steve’s blog was the name. I can just imagine everyone else getting the responsibility of a suitcase, except Steve 😉
He lives in Kelowna, Canada and has spent the last seven years seeing the world with his wife and three kids. I love his writing style (so much fun, especially when he tries a bacon sundae) and his never-ending adoration of his wife!
Now check out Steve’s Favorite Vacation!
When it comes to vacations, our family has never been accused of being particularly creative. We travel during the same school breaks that everybody else in North America does. We tend to stay in major chain hotels instead of renting apartments or finding off the beaten track hostels, and the most daring decisions we make when it comes to restaurants is when we venture off the value menu at McDonalds.
It might come as a surprise to you then, to find out that our favorite vacation spot is a little, middle of nowhere place that few people know about and even fewer have ever seen.
Oh you’ve heard of it? Well aren’t you the worldly traveler. Seriously though, while most people have made a visit to Disneyland at one point or another, we’ve kind of taken it to extremes. We made our first trip to the Happiest Place on Earth when our oldest was four years old, and when we did the math last year we figured out that he had spent 1.96% of his life at Disneyland. That’s a lot of time to spend in one vacation spot, and yes, people ask why we keep going back to the same place over and over again.
There’s lots of reasons that we return but why wouldn’t we? What could you possibly be looking for in a holiday that you can’t find in Disneyland?
You like to take long road trips on vacations? Mr. Toads Wild Ride can do that for you.
Are you the kind of person who wants to explore new places? The new Star Tours simulator takes you to a new destination every time you ride.
Adrenaline junkie? Meet Space Mountain, California Screaming, or the Hollywood Tower of Terror.
Finally, if you’re the kind of person who likes to explore new cultures, take a few laps around It’s a Small World. I promise you that ten minutes on that ride will cure you of your desire to explore permanently…or your desire to hear…one of the two.
The real reason we go back to Disneyland over and over again though, is that it’s the most relaxing place in the world for us to visit. I know that sounds strange to any of you who’ve had the misfortune of trying to cram into the park with 40,000 other people, but there’s no place that I worry about my kids less.
They’ve pretty much grown up in Disneyland, and when we’re there I see my kids demonstrating the kind of traits that I want them to develop. They’re kind, polite, supportive of each other, and far more independent than they ever are at home. In fact, Disneyland was the first place that I ever felt confident enough in my children’s abilities to let them go off on their own and explore.
Of course, I probably should have checked with my wife first as she apparently wasn’t as sure of their abilities as I was, but nowadays she is fully confident that her kids will make good decisions when they’re off on their own. She’s a little less sure about the choices her husband makes on a day-to-day basis.
Lately, we’ve been branching out a little. We’ve visited Disney World, we’ve taken a Disney Cruise, and more recently we’ve been considering a visit to Aulani – the Disney resort in Hawaii (Yes, I’m aware that you and I probably have different versions of “branching out”).
Wherever we go though, there’s always going to be something pulling us back to Disneyland. It’s like the comforting feeling of coming home to your parent’s house after being away. Sure maybe Mom took down the Christmas tree and cleaned out Space Mountain, but you know that everything is pretty much where you left it, and it never takes more than a couple of minutes to feel right back at home.
Of course it doesn’t hurt when there’s a plate of warm, just out of the oven churros on the kitchen counter. That’s when you really feel the love and you know you’re right where you’re supposed to be…in the Happiest Place on Earth.
We are planning a trip to Disney World in November. Steve might have to help us out 🙂
Please note, I’ll be continuing this series,
so look forward to more great destinations.
If you’re interested in participating, let me know!!