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D&E: Dreams and Eventualities

Despite the traveling we are so fortunate to be able to do, and the traveling I have been blessed to have grown up doing, there are still so many parts of the World we have left to conquer, cities to see, cultures to explore, memories to create.

With limited vacation time, a budget that is anything but never ending, a yearly trip to the UK to see family and a huge amount of places we want to see we have to be realistic about where we want to go and where we will likely go in the future.

So, for now, this list falls into two categories, dreams and eventualities.

Dreams

The places I am dying to see the most are:

Petra, Jordan

Photo courtesy of wikimedia

Photo courtesy of wikimedia

Giraffe Manor, Kenya (although to be honest I want to do an African safari full stop)

Photo courtesy google plus

Photo courtesy google plus

South Island, New Zealand - I loved the North Island so I know I would love this as well!

Photo courtesy of genkin.com

Photo courtesy of genkin.com

Antartica – this would be my seventh and final continent!

Photo courtesy of wikipedia

Photo courtesy of wikipedia

This list is anything but complete, but if I had to list my top four choices it would be those listed above. But there are so many others we want to see, and fortunately we have some of them in the pipeline, which leads me to…

Eventualities

Japan – I first visited Japan when I was 8 years old. I remember the busy city, the people everywhere, the amazing country, and we plan on returning in 2015 to introduce our kids to the same experiences.

Croatia – After reading all of the posts from our good friend about their adventures there a year ago this is even higher on our list of eventualities. We tried hard to make it work during our upcoming trip to Europe but it isn’t happening this year – but maybe next!

The Northern Lights – There are no two ways about it, this is my husband’s dream and we will make it happen, sooner than later.

Porto – Another one of my husband’s dreams. We first visited Porto when our son, F, was 10 weeks old. We would love to return without a newborn!

Our lists will change, our dreams will expand, or narrow, our eventualities will happen or they will fade. But as long as we keep trying, keep traveling, keep showing our kids the world, and letting them create their own dreams and eventualities list, we have done our job.

What are some of your dreams and eventualities?

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C is for Coloring Books For Travel

You may be wondering how coloring books relate to travel, but in our world they totally relate. They may be, in my opinion, the most versatile supply you can bring for your children when you travel. They provide hours of entertainment, they are an alternative to electronics, they are a quiet activity for kids to do at a restaurant, they fit easily into most bags.

And, we’ve discovered, they are a great way to teach your kids about travel before you actually go, if you get coloring books that are geared to whatever destination you are heading to.

There are printable coloring sheets, like these:

US Coloring Pages

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Travel Games Coloring Pages:478

Traveling Kid:

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Or full size coloring books, like these:

Rosie Flo’s Travel Coloring Book

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Color This Book: New York City

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You can use them to get your kids ready for a plane ride:

My Plane Trip:

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The Airport Airplane Coloring Book:

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And, in preparation for our upcoming trip, we are thinking about getting these:

 

 

London Colouring Book:

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I Love Ireland:

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Newcastle Colouring Book:

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York Colouring Book:

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Our favorite crayons are the Triangular crayons, ones that don’t roll off tray tables or restaurant tables!

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Don’t get me wrong, we love our ipads, and they are definitely a lifesaver, especially on long flights. But you can’t go wrong throwing in some crayons and a coloring book and giving your kids an easy, quiet travel toy!

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April A to Z: A is for Atlanta With Kids

(I am late to the party with the April challenge of posting every day (except Sunday) on A to Z, so I will be catching up over the next few days. Thanks to Ann at Travel Turtle for posting about this, so fun!)

For A it seemed like a no brainer to blog about the very city we live in, the city we call home, the place that we happily return to after our days away, despite our reluctance to end our vacations and get back to the real world.

How fortunate we are that we can do just that in a city that we happen to think is full of so much to offer for not only families but tourists of all descriptions!

So, in no particular order, find out what we love about Atlanta, and what we recommend all visitors – and residents – check out!

Showing our fair city lots of love!

Showing our fair city lots of love!

The usuals:

Georgia Aquarium,  Zoo AtlantaWorld of Coca-ColaCNN Center, High Museum of Art, The Ted (for a Braves game), The Dome (for a Falcons game), Stone MountainFernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park, Legoland Discovery Center, Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Slightly off the beaten path (and some a little outside the city center):

Fernbank Science Center, Skyview AtlantaSoutheastern Railway Museum, Center for Puppetry Arts, Bremen Museum, Oakland Cemetery, Carter Center, Etowah Indian Mounds, Tellus Science Museum, Dunwoody Nature Center, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Babyland General Hospital, The Southern Museum and INK Children’s Museum.

We have crazy holiday traditions like riding the pink pig, or making an appointment for Santa in July. We have festivals for every season and food trucks on every corner.

Riding the Pink Pig, an Atlanta tradition

Riding the Pink Pig, an Atlanta tradition

Atlanta has so many areas to go hiking, it has restaurants that are great for families (and lots that are great for eating without kids too), shopping  areas that extend beyond the  mall.

Want to see a game but avoid the crowds? Check out the Gwinnett Braves, the Rome Braves or the Silverbacks.

We may like our tea sweet and our pace of life slow but one thing that can’t be said about the ATL is that there isn’t anything to do here, especially for families!

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