13
August
2012

Family Vacation Ideas, Grandma/Grandpa Camp

One of the great joys in my life is my grandkids. Of course like yours they are the cutest in the whole world. I have grandma & grandpa camp each summer. They get to come and stay with grandma without their parents and we cook, do crafts, go on field trips, go hiking, play games and build a lifelong close relationship with them. That is the upside the downside is some of them live so far away that getting them here is an issue. The ones that are far away I either fly out and then drive their van with them across the country and then their parents fly in at the end and pick them up and drive them home or I fly out get them and then fly back with them. There is no grandma and grandkid airline discount. Why is that? Some are still too small to fly alone. We have travel games that we play and we get a hotel half way with a pool. I have a map for them with things to find on the way; 10 cows, 5 blue cars, a broken down car, a semi that will honk, a Mc Donald’s sign (ice cream,) a park with swings (we stop,) a dog, 5 sheep, etc. We sing songs and talk about them. I have to say it, I love the movies in the car. Bless whom ever came up with that one. At least the proverbial are we there yet only comes at the end of the movie not every 10 mins. It also cuts down on the “he hit me, she hit me” sessions. They stay 2-3 weeks. This is a really special time for all of us. They start packing their bags months in advance. We have to keep reminding them when it really is. Isn’t that cute. Some of our favorite times is at the beach. We love building sand castles. They try to build them like the sculpted ones that I show in my videos.

17
July
2012

Weekend Getaways or Long Vacations?

I was recently asked this question and I thought of sharing it here in my blog…

Which is better: many short vacations or few long vacations?

That would depend on whether you want to go somewhere that takes a long time to get there or that would take a long time to go sightseeing around. Sometimes it is better to take a long trip so that you can have time to enjoy the trip not just spend days in transit. I like short trips for places that are close to travel to and that are basically weekend getaways. Personally I like a combination of both.

13
July
2012

Romantic Vacation Ideas for Couples

Recently I was asked this question and thought I’d share it with my readers here on the blog..

Can someone help with vacation ideas?

“Ok so my boyfriend and I are looking for a slightly romantic vacation to go on to celebrate our 1 year. We have a very limited budget, probably about 700 for a vacation, is there anywhere within about 5-8 hours of Kansas City that could be moderately romantic for that price? Or any other cheap vacation ideas?”

Remember that a romantic getaway is all about spending time together. When you see, do or share new thing together that draws you closer together. Here are some day trips I found in that area. You could go one place or go on a road trip together for very little money.

Olathe – Go to the Mahaffe Stagecoach Stop and Farmstead and experience life from the 1860’s.

Chilllicothe Region – Visit: the home of Walt Disney, an Amish Community, home of J.C. Penny. Mormon Heritage Sites, home of General Pershing and the Locust Creek Covered Bridge.

Excelsior Springs, MO – Spend some romantic time soaking in the healing natural springs of Excelsior Springs

Atchison, KS- Getting scared is always romantic. Try clinging to each other at Atchin one of the nation’s most haunted places. Take a haunted tour on the Atchison Trolley. Visit the Evah C. Cray Museum a very haunted place.

You could always do a stay vacation where you turn off your phones, order in dinner and relax together doing the things that you enjoy together but never have the time.

 

03
July
2012

Date Ideas for Couples – Adventure Travel

A far-off concept to many foreign travellers is Adventure travel. We’ve all been through the same package vacations — hotel to beach, beach to restaurant, and back again — and it was not as thrilling as it could be. Take the plunge and go on an international adventure instead of a typical vacation. Adventure travel let’s you see a side of the country that you can’t see from a hotel room. It also allows you immerse yourself in the language.  You’ll end up with travel stories that really inspire people. Adventure travel can help you save money too!

29
May
2012

Family Vacation Ideas – European Cruise

Recently I was asked this question and thought I’d share it with my readers here on the blog..

1. What is the best cruise for Europe?

There are so many that the first step would be to decide what area of Europe you would like to see. I can only tell you about the ones that I have been on although I have several others on my bucket list. We did the U shape cruise from Rome around the boot of Italy to Venice. Stops included Rome, Sicily, Dubrovnik, Corfu and Venice. Each stop was a different cultural experience. Another cruise we took was the Baltic Seas Cruise with stops in Copenhagen Denmark, Stockholm Sweden, Helsinki Finland, St. Petersburg Russia, and Tallinn Estonia. Again great variety of cultures to experience. This was one of my favorites because I had never thought I would visit some of these countries in my lifetime. I made a video showing what you see on the Baltic Seas Cruise. Seeing the pictures & video of these travel destinations might help you decide whether this is a cruise you would like to take. http://bit.ly/HrKjbH We also did some canal cruises. You can see those at the same website. On my list of Europe Cruises is the Greek Isle Cruise, A cruise going through Holland to Italy. I am taking a group to Turkey on an escorted land cruise in September if you would like to look into that. I hope you find a cruise that you enjoy. It is a great way to get to see many cultures in one trip.