We are having difficulty in deciding what to do or where to go for a family vacation next summer. Our kids will be 10 and 6 next April so we thought it is time we can start doing longer family vacations instead of the 2 or 3 night close by driving trips. We are just torn on what to do or where to go.
Either way we go, we will have to drive as my wife will not fly. I am trying to decide if I want to drive to Florida to catch a cruise on one of the newer, bigger ships or catch an older ship out of a more nearby port. We also would love to see things farther away on land, such as New Orleans or San Antonio, but don't have 2 weeks to drive everywhere.
My wife and I love to cruise and we believe the kids will love it too. Kids don't have a passport yet so we will have to get that if we cruise but it is not a real big deal but something to consider anyways. I would like to introduce the kids to cruising as there are so many things to do on board such as surf pools, water slides, rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, sports courts, mini golf and of course the wonderful kids club activities. Dining is always a treat on a cruise and my kids are not afraid to try new things so they would just love to sample the wonderful cuisine on board a cruise ship. We can visit many ports to see other places and spend time on the beach too.
While it would be great to see islands and other cultures, we have a lot of great places to see here in the USofA. Beach towns such as Myrtle Beach or Virginia Beach, Big cities like New York City, Chicago, Boston; history of our Nation's Capital; historic old south of Savannah or Charleston; perhaps the Great Smokey Mountains for some outdoor adventure. Disney World; how could I forget about Mickey Mouse.
We enjoy baseball so I thought a trip with a couple stops at baseball stadiums would be a great fun activity. Catching a game in Wrigley Field or Fenway Park, how cool would that be?
We continue to struggle to figure out what we want to do. We like to think that there are lots of summers for us to do all of the above things but the kids do grow up fast. Will they want to trudge around museums and monuments of DC at age 10 and 6? Will the kids enjoy Disney at age 14 and 10 if we wait a couple years or will the magic be long gone? How old should the kids be before we adventure in to a big city or two with thousands of people everywhere? Will my wife ever fly so we can visit one of my big items in the Grand Canyon?!!
It would be cool for the kids to go back to school and share with their friends that they saw Jamaica or St. Thomas on a cruise or saw St. Louis from the top of the Arch. I am sure they will have great stories to share, that is if we can ever decide what to do.
Once we decide, at least I know of a good Destination Planner to reserve everything for us!
Still Undecided Father,