So, its time to start thinking about Summer Vacation.
For many years my kids only wanted to go to one place: Disney World. Even though it was expensive, I was secretly thrilled. I am a closet Disney World addict. I totally buy into the Pixie Dust. I believe it’s the Happiest Place on Earth and I find myself thrilled every single time I have gone. It’s magical.
We went on a cruise a few times and the kids didn’t have enough fun and my x and I fought too often over keeping them busy. Talk about spoiled kids. This is how we always ended up in Disney – they liked it, they were familiar and it eventually became a no-brainer.
When I began the separation process, I wanted to start exposing them to new things but figured starting with typical “resort-type” vacations would be best. We tried Atlantis for a short week last year and that went over well.
This year I want to try something a little bit less resort-y and more interesting. But, I can’t stand having complaining teens so I need to keep the balance in order not to ruin my vacation. I’m all for trying any travel, especially to Europe, but I don’t think my kids would actually enjoy the experience. It seems we have agreed on one potential location: California.
Now, we have a back-up plan – Turks and Caicos – for that real typical resort vacation…but I think I might be willing to give some California Sunshine a shot. My guys said they really don’t want another beach vacation.
I know lots of you have traveled and even live on the opposite coast…so what are your suggestions for older teens?
My kids are more gamers than adventure/outdoor kids, so I can’t get too adventurous with them, but I know I would love to visit San Francisco to see the bridge and Alcatraz. Maybe even take a drive through Vegas to the Grand Canyon. I have about 10 days to kill and 2 driving permit drivers who could use the long distance practice.
Any and all suggestions welcome. Or, if not California, do you have a place that your teens loved to travel that you would recommend?