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During my travels I try to point out to my kids the areas outside of our lovely hotels and comfortable stays that represent the reality of many of the people who live and work in the places we visit – not as something to feel sorry for or stare at, but as something to be aware of and remember when they look at their comfortable life.
Not having a lot at times in my life really helped to give me a good sense of the world and of myself. I enjoy the things I have more. I appreciate every detail that helped to reward our work and offer us the life we have, not just in material things, but in the affection and warmth of our family.
The holiday season is in full effect and the streets of New York are as crowded as ever. Personally, I can’t get enough of the energy of the city now – with its festive, happy vibe – though it’s important to note that I make sure to clear my head and place myself in total zen mode before hitting the streets to take it all in.
But, taking it all in can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t exactly know where to start. This is when taking a list can be extremely helpful in not only getting you to the best spots to see in the city, but also to highlight some other things you might have not noticed or known about.
I took a couple of days of playing tourist in the city to check some fun tours and happenings in town.
Thanksgiving is one of our most celebrated cooking holidays at home. For years my children have associated Thanksgiving as a day when our family enjoys dishes not only from their father’s American culture, but also from their mother’s Latino culture – and it’s a great way to get them excited about where we both come from, even if we aren’t traveling there for the holiday.
One of the ways in which I have been able to get my boys interested in not just feasting, but also in preparing for Thanksgiving, is by explaining to them why each dish is so important to us. So, for example, my husband loves green bean casserole, a dish that he enjoyed growing up and one that I make only around that time of year. Explaining to our sons that this was a dish that their father enjoyed when he was their age not only encouraged them to give it a try, but also to learn to shop for all the ingredients when at the store and help in the prep work in the kitchen.
It’s been over a year now since my site name changed from NYCity Mama to Girl Gone Travel. Yup, I’ve expanded my horizons and had adventures beyond the boundaries of my hometown.
But, every once in a while, I go back to the basics of why I started writing and sharing NYC with my kids remains the one thing that continues to bring me immense joy.
No matter what I do throughout the year, I always make time to be home for the holidays and that’s because this time of the New York City is my absolute favorite. Yes, it’s cold, and yes, it’s crowded, but man oh man, is it festive, fun and awesome.
Driving out to the beautiful Catskills with images of apple picking and fall colors filling our heads. The kids are excited. I worked a whole week to get them there in preparation for the trip. My week at work has been tough, and for my husband as well. We wanted this.
Forty minutes into our trip, our car breaks down. Again. Last time that happened we were on our way to the airport for a long weekend at Myrtle Beach.
Feel the chill in the air? I know you’re thinking autumn, but here in my house, my husband and teen are very seriously planning out their ski season. Yup, it’s Back to Ski time and they can’t wait. To be honest, they started planning in the summer mapping out local mountains in the Hudson Valley that we can all escape to between bigger resort visits.
I have tried skiing several times, enough to know that I prefer the snow in Colorado over the icey snow in the East Coast. Enough to know that I will always want an instructor with me who’s a good talker and can distract me from the fact that I am about to launch my body off a mountain.
One of the highlights of our 2013 summer road trip for my kids was where we were ending it: at Disneyland Resort. It was here that we chose to celebrate our middle son’s 8th birthday. He waited two and a half weeks on the road for this moment and what resulted was a solid smile from the moment we arrived that lasted pretty much all day.
One of the things we knew going into Disneyland was that it was going to be a smaller park to explore. With 160 acres, as opposed to Disney World’s 30,000, we were confident that our one-day park hopper would get us through most of the Disneyland Resort area.
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We are finally here! Road trip time!
My family and I are so excited about this trip, which has been two years in the making. We had planned for summer of 2011, but then had to use all our saved-up funds to move from NYC to NJ, a short move, but also surprisingly expensive.
We reset our goals for summer of 2013 and what followed was a year of planning and saving and tight budgets and taking on extra freelancing jobs to pay for it all.
Planning a road trip, especially with a family of 5 can be expensive, but still one of the best values in family travel. You get to see much more than if you just flew to one destination and the opportunities for adventures are endless. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when planning your own road trip.
Are you as excited as we are about summer? My kids are over the moon, and we have a lot in store. But, like most parents, we want to make sure that even with all the fun, even with all the travel, our kids are still learning. Many vacation destinations are taking note too and offering more educational entertainment, or “edutainment”, for families on the road. Whether Cape Cod, Bahamas, or Italy, below are a few examples of edutainment experiences to plan your family vacation around.
I learned so much from my recent visit to Mexico City, like for example, 4 days is not enough.
Unfortunately, that’s how long I was there, though thanks to the hospitality of the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico City, I got to see a lot in that short period of time!
One thing I realized right away is that Mexico City is massive! Over 8 million people live in a city that was once much smaller, built on an island on Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325, and was known as Tenochtitlan. Mexico City is also way more cosmopolitan than some imagine. At certain instances during my visit it felt as if I was driving down the Champs Élysées (along Paseo de La Reforma), walking past cafés in a trendy neighborhood in Madrid (along Colonia Roma), or taking a stroll near NYC’s Central Park (along Bosque de Chapultepec, also known as Mexico’s “lungs”).