When I think about what makes my heart sing, it's travel.
And the best kind of travel are those trips where my loved ones are part of the journey. As a child growing up in the Midwest, our big summer vacation meant a visit to see my grandmother and other family members on the east end of Long Island. Now, I understand why we never complained. They live in what is currently referred to as The Hamptons.
We also camped, spent Spring Break in Florida and in time, began taking ski trips to the West. (I was the oldest of five, so my younger siblings probably did less camping and more skiing. The sibs, and the next generation, still gather in places far and near and it continues to be a source of joy for all of us.)
It was clear, the West was calling my name and I didn't waste any time moving to the land of big skies, deserts, mountains and rivers. My children have been raised living in Arizona and Montana and spending as much time as possible exploring the natural world.
And we traveled.
We skied in Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. We hiked, biked, fished and rafted throughout the West. Trekked along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explored the deep reaches of the Amazon, floated through the Grand Canyon, snorkeled in Maui and fished for bones in the Bahamas. We've spent time on golf courses, in National Parks, on horseback and in the backcountry.
We also toured the Big Apple, lived in Washington DC, spent time in London, Paris and beyond and each one of us feels like we are just getting started. We've stayed in some fancy places, in resorts, ranches and on cruise ships. We've camped under the stars and spent the night in a few places we won't recommend!
All this to say, that if I can help sort through some of the many choices for you, it would be my pleasure.
Here's to happy traveling!
All the best,
Lynn O'Rourke Hayes
PS: My husband and I continue to explore the world. And, our family continues to grow. I now have two amazing daughters-in-law and the latest addition....our first grandson, Hunter. I can't wait to take him on our first multigenerational trip!
Travel and vacation planning can be overwhelming.
Certainly, there are plenty of trip ideas and experiences to consider within FamilyTravel.com. But if you are ready to take the next step, we offer the following options:
Consult with me, Lynn O’Rourke Hayes, the editor and owner of FamilyTravel.com. After traveling to more than 100 countries, and 48 of our 50 states, often with my own kids and other family members in tow, I have a few ideas to offer.
More about that here.
Consult Sally Black and her team of travel agent pros at VacationKids. Since 2000, Vacationkids has created extraordinary, customized family vacation experiences worldwide. From Disney adventures and island cruises to off the beaten path exploration, handcrafted family and multi-generational vacations (with unexpected delights) is what they do best. As Sally likes to say, “happiness is always included!"
You can take the first step in the planning process here or give her a call at 610-681-7360.
We have more ideas in the works.
But for now, we hope this moves you a little closer to a great vacation with the kids, grandkids and those you love!
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