I started traveling for real with my children 11 years ago. I was 30 years old with 3 young sons and I hadn't ever been to Europe. I felt this problem needed to be fixed. I had a few obstacles to overcome to get there; mostly related to my budget. I also didn't like the idea of a hotel with four-walls-until-morning with kids and $12 pancakes. I started looking into house trades and got one organized for that July. I also went line-by-line in my household budget and cut out thousands of dollars to put into the kitty for the trip. Since that time though either a trade, renting my house on Airbnb, or some other hack, I have taken my family on the road every summer. We don't always go abroad, but we always try to make the most of what we are experiencing; the best ice cream spots, a cool park, a niche museum, a more remote ruin.
Planning vacations; where to go, what to eat, and what to wear are my favorite #FrockProjects. I have a few travel recipes that never fail me for how to entertain my family and how to dress myself.
Some of our Favorite Vacations
2005 - Southern France + Barcelona
2006- Paris, France
2007- London, The Czech Republic and Austria, Italy, Sicily, France
2008- Yellowstone National Park + Jackson Hole
2012 - San Francisco
2013- Puerto Vallarta
2015 - Kona, Hawaii, New York City + The Hamptons
2016- #SecretMancation *
This summer I was looking and waiting for the exact right vacation to come along. I had a list of places in mind, I set some flight alerts to keep me posted, and when the time was right I bought tickets. For my friends and family that are playing along at home, here is the newest, most complete list of hints for this year's Mancation.
WE DEPART JULY 3RD
WE DEPART FROM LAX
BRING A SWIMSUIT
THE COUNTRY IS KNOWN TO HAVE WORLD-CLASS SKIING
THE LDS TEMPLE IN THIS CITY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST 30 TO BE BUILT
IT IS ILLEGAL TO DECLAW A CAT IN THIS COUNTRY
THE LARGEST MOUNTAIN RANGE IN THIS COUNTRY IS CALLED "THE ALPS"
THIS COUNTRY IS NOT ON THE EURO
HORSE MEAT IS CONSIDERED A DELICACY
THERE ARE OVER 10,000 CREPE SHOPS
THE FLAG OF THIS COUNTRY IS 3 OR LESS COLORS
THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IS OVER 9000 FEET
THE COUNTRY IS RULED BY A PARLIAMENT AND A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY
I have had so many guesses sent to me. I hope my kids are as excited about our destination when they find out where it really is as they are now. I am keeping my fingers crossed in the meanwhile.