Maybe its because I’m eight months pregnant and taking a walk to my mailbox feels like travel to me, but its seems all I’ve done lately is dream of fun vacations to faraway places.
Most of the time, these dreams exclude the members of my family who still poop their pants, but sometimes one will creep in that includes them in my grand plans.
So, without further adieu, I present to you my vacation bucket list, with and without the little ones.
Top Five Dream Vacations Without Kids
Morocco I have wanted to visit this fabulous country for so many years now. And, after watching The Real Housewives of New York take Marrakech by storm, I feel a sudden sense of urgency to get over there now. First, to apologize, and then to be grateful for my surroundings and soak them all in.
African Safari I think most kids dream of going on an African safari. I know I sure did. And I still do. I’m a huge animal lover, as in I love animals more then people, so it would be an absolute dream to have monkeys swinging in the trees outside my African hut. And by hut I mean luxury resort, of course.
Cuba Have you watched The Buena Vista Social Club? I have and it made me want to visit Cuba that much more. The music, the people, the arts, the culture….I could go on and on. No, it’s not the easiest place to get to from here, but I think it’s well worth the detour.
New Zealand Now, maybe this is an urban legend, but I once heard that New Zealand is some sort of utopia. Beautiful scenery and good people, not to mention that a short trip in any direction will lead you to an entirely different climate. “Guys, I’m totally sick of snow skiing, let’s head to the beach,” is enough for New Zealand to make it onto my super exclusive list.
The Pacific Northwest Road Trip I would love to fly into California and take a drive up the coast, straight into Canada. The drive must be breathtaking and there are so many great cities to check out along the way. And Canada, well, it’s about time I visit our neighbors to the north.
*Honorable Mentions: Australia, Beirut, Napa, Italy
Top Five Dream Vacations With Kids
San Diego As if the zoo wasn’t reason enough to make the trek to San Diego, there’s Lego Land. I’d guess that Lego Land for Lego-loving kids is the equivalent to Napa for wine-loving moms. Throw in Sea World, the beach, and a stick of Zinc and I’m in.
Disney World My name is Allison and I’ve never been to Disney World. Gasp, I know. If you are reading this, Mom, I forgive you, and you can make it up to me by joining us…and babysitting the kids while we go out at night.
Costa Rica This one jumped back and forth between the two categories, ultimately landing on the “with kids” list. Beautiful scenery and fantastic outdoor fun make Costa Rica seem like the ultimate family adventure! Or, if you are me, probably some sort of cast.
Hawaii I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon. It was amazing, despite the fact that I fractured my knee the first morning there while walking to the pool. I am dying to go back and relax for a week or so with my two little island kids. My only apprehension is handling these two kids on the long flight. I can barely handle myself.
New Orleans One of my favorite cities on earth and now it’s my kids’ turn to experience its magic. Luckily for me, it’s not too far away. I sense a weekend trip in the near future. I can already see, hear, feel, and taste it!
*Honorable Mentions: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Chicago, Niagara Falls
And there you have it.
Reading back over my vacation bucket list, I feel two things. One, excited at the thought of getting to visit even one of these fabulous places. And, two, so relieved that I am currently writing this in pajamas, from my own bed. Because, after all is said and done, there’s really no place like home.
Now, it’s your turn to daydream.
What’s on your vacation bucket list?