Yes, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to cruise. I am always asked WHY I love to cruise. My natural response back is, “Why not cruise?”. Let me explain why….
First, I hate to make a commitment when traveling. Yes, I’m married, and to my husband and children, well I’m totally committed. However, when I’m traveling I want to see it all! And with a cruise I can. I just LOVE that idea. I love the fact that today I can see Jamaica, come back to the ship, have dinner and drinks, go to bed and the next morning wake up in the Grand Caymen Islands. How awesome is that? And I didn’t have to drive, or steer the ship?? I also love it because you can get a “taste” of a country before you plan an entire vacation there to see how much you enjoy it. Almost a kind of a “try it before you buy it”.
Second, and this ties back into the first. I only have to unpack once! Yes, I’m going to all of these different places and I only have to unpack once. Yay! Being a wife and mother, if I only have to take care of unpacking and packing once that’s a major score!
Third, I’m in a floating city. Again, going back to my first point, I always have “home” to go back to. If I forgot something really important, like my sunscreen, or my watch, there are shops on board for me to shop at. There are tons of restaurants with different varieties of food for all different pallets to eat. If I didn’t like the island I was on, back to the ship I go. Or if I’m having a really good time I know that I can stay until I have to get back till port and that my clean room with a warm shower will be waiting for me.
Another plus side of having a floating city is that there is something for everyone in the family to do. If you want to sit and read a book, there are areas for that, or perhaps you want to play basketball, there are areas for that as well. Today’s cruise lines are so diverse and there is something for everyone. You can choose from larger boats that have everything on them from mini-golf, rock climbing walls, and breweries, to smaller boats that are more intimate.
Fourth, the entertainment is excellent. From broadway shows, to acrobatics, to comedians there is something for everyone. When we cruise I look forward to seeing something different every night. I love a good dueling piano bar, or a comedian who can just make you laugh till your belly hurts. The fact that you can do something different every night is just amazing.
And for those of you who know me, you know how social I am. I do love meeting people. When you are on a ship of up to 5,400 people you get to know your neighbors. I think that is something that I enjoy the most, people watching and getting to know the people on the ship. Finding out what they did that day at shore. I find cruises to be a social gathering as well. I also love meeting the staff that are from all different countries and learning about them. Although I love all different kinds of travel, I have to admit that cruising has to be my one of my favorites!
Father’s Day always reminds me of my own father. My Dad, Ken, has been gone now for 11 years this coming July. Both he and my mother, Diane, gave me the love of travel. When we were kids they would pack us up in an RV and take us ether cross the state of Wisconsin, or across the country. These are some of the fondest memories. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of wonderful memories of my childhood, however when we traveled, we were all together at once experiencing something new.
When my Dad passed, and we were mourning, some of the stories that brought a smile to our faces and chuckles during those dark moments where stories of our travels with the RV. That’s why this article is so personal and important to me. I want to give my children that same sense of connection and family with adventure. Hopefully in this open letter to my parents you will see why I feel that family travel is so important. Thank you for indulging me with this post to my parents.
Dear Mom and Dad,
Thank you for giving us the spirit of adventure. Being a parent to children of my own now, I want to hand down that same sense of adventure and family to my boys. The experiences that we had were invaluable. Not just the places, but the opportunity of experiencing them together. From wondering if we would run out of gas in the wierdest places, to stopping at the most wonderful out of the way places. The best part was the in between. The stories of how my parents met, how my Dad met Elvis before he became famous and wouldn’t take a demo record from him because he knew how hard the kid was working and didn’t want to waste his money. How my Mom loved to water ski and loved being on the lake and how my grandparents built their house in Wisconsin.
I loved traveling watching my work together to get through the mountains and smaller caverns with a huge RV. It taught me the spirit of a couple working together and teamwork. To this day I can still close my eyes and taste the salt on my tongue when Mom wanted to Super 8 video the Salt Flats out west and opened the window. I can still see my sister’s jelly shoe melting on the asphalt in Las Vegas. I can still see Dad waiting in line for the Matterhorn. I can still hear Mom saying, “I love these short steps,” at the Winchester Mansion.
I hope that I too can give that to my children as they grow up. Hopefully Mark and I can create these types of memories for them as you created for me and my sisters growing up. And that’s why I love our family vacations.
School’s out for summer. Graduation season is here. It’s that time of year when we are planning our family vacations. You decided on a great beach vacation and it’s time to start the packing. I have to admit, I’m an over packer. I always have to check the weight of my suitcase! That’s when I go by the Boy Scout Motto, “Be Prepared”. When it comes to my carry on, I like to be prepared as well. Normally on my first day of vacation after getting to my destination, I just like to sit at the pool or the beach.
I get asked, what goes in my carry on luggage when I go for a beach vacation. Here’s what you will find….
In the front zip pocket, my travel documents…. Yes I print everything out for myself just as I do for my clients. I place them here, with NOTHING else. This way as I go through the airport and I need to get to them at the airline check - in or at the car rental counter they are right there. I don’t like to fish around and take everything out to get to them. Plus who wants to take the chance of something important falling out and then losing something in the airport?
Inside my carry on I always carry my medication. If for any reason my luggage gets lost, my clothing and personal items can be replaced with travel insurance funds however, I will need my medication so I keep that with me.
In addition to medication I always carry my little first aid kit, which has a variety of band-aids and some first aid ointment. There are a couple of reasons for bandaids. Not only the obvious, scrapes or cuts. However, I LOVE new shoes and I always seem to bring them on vacation, and sometimes I forget and wear them to the airport. Of course, that’s when I need that bandaid for an unwanted blister. Another important item in this first aid kit is a couple of pain relievers, and antacids.
I also carry one change of clothes and pajamas. Again, just in case my luggage gets lost, I have one day’s worth of clothing to hold me over until either they find my luggage or I have to go replace my luggage.
Next the good stuff…. I usually like to change right away into my bathing suit so that is right there in my carry on along with my cover up. I also have my beach essentials in there. You may ask, what’s that??? My beach tote, a 3 oz bottle of sunscreen, my sunglasses, ear phones, my favorite book, and a great hat. And most importantly, my beloved flip flops for the beach or pool!
And that is what you will find in my carry on. How about yours?
Life is busy. There are bills to pay, laundry to wash, dinners, meetings, kids to drive around, this list goes on and on. But what about your relationship? Where does that rank? Being an entrepreneur, mom, and housewife, mine sometimes get’s put on the back burner. That’s when I have to give myself permission to say STOP! We need sometime to ourselves!!
We are engaged in very hectic lifestyles where even couples are not able to find quality time for each other. There is limited time to share, care and spread happiness around and this too occupied routine life makes us far from each other. We need a special time for each other, to reconnect, to regain and to share the deep feelings that we often feel inside. It is really necessary to have a weekend getaway with your spouse that can fill more love and care in your life.
We are all are busy with the social calendar, managing routines for office workloads, school activities for the kids and of course the tiring household. It is really difficult to find time for some meaningful conversation that can bring couples closer to each other. Most couples believe that spending time on a romantic gateway is the way to enrich love life and it enhances quality of relationships.
Here are two major reasons that show how important it is to have a romantic getaway weekend with your sweetheart.