This post is the last in a series~for the past year I’ve been participating in a blog carnival about travel, highlighting special needs travel. (Note, this was originally published in 2013 and I am updating it.)
Today’s topic is to pick any 5 places you’d like to go and why. So it’s sort of my bucket list for my kids; where I’d like to see them go. First, I’ll add my disclaimers or how I got to the decisions I’ve made. All of the places I’ve chosen are in the USA except for one. Traveling with my child, or any child with special needs, is not easy. Many of our kids thrive on routine, so that alone can be a huge disruption–no matter how much fun your venue is. Then there are special diets, special medical needs…I’m just not willing to throw in language barriers and extensive time changes. Fine if that makes me a stick in the mud, I don’t think it does. Just the extra legwork it would take to arrange such a vacation overseas–knowing where hospitals and doctors are, knowing where food is going to be available and so on, that’s just too much work to make it fun for me.
If I stay in the USA, we can still experience many cultural differences, new foods, new sights, lots of history, and still have the comforts of first-world medical care and no language barriers if I need help. So with all that in mind, this is my bucket list that I have created for my kids, for travel. Also, at the time of writing this, we have a trip planned to Washington, DC so that is not on the list. That one gets a check mark!
USA-All 50 states
Sure, there is value in traveling to other countries and exploring different cultures. There is also tremendous value in seeing all of that here. We sort of expect people in different countries to be different from us. But here in the USA, it’s more emphasis on how different we all are. Me? I’m at about 30 states, still have a ways to go! But K, my little guy, he has been:
- many places in PA
- Bryce and Zion Canyon in Utah
- the Grand Canyon
- Rocky Mtn National Park and other places in CO
Not bad for being 6! He’s averaging more than 1 state per year, so on the right track.
From sea to sea to shining sea
Testing our sensory limits
For having sensory issues, my child with special needs does pretty well. It’s hit or miss, but for the most part he can take quite a bit of activity before he shuts down (usually). Still, risking sensory overload, there are two places I’d like him to see because they are such an important part of America. I want them to experience NYC and Times Square, for all that it has. The noise, the lights, the people, the Naked Cowboy, Toys R Us and the M&Ms store, the tickers on the signs….all of it!
Update: In 2014 my boys did get to Times Square and NYC. I didn’t get any good photos in Times Square, it was too crowded that day. But we did get this great shot of Brian at the top of Rockefeller Center.
And I want to see Vegas for all it’s cheesiness, and I want them with me.
A rite of passage
I’ve changed my mind on this. I don’t think kids “have to” go to Disney
. I think all kids should visit Disney World one time. I don’t think there is any place else on the planet, that is so large, that is solely devoted to the only purpose of kids having fun.
We actually have an Orlando trip planned and we are doing many things, but “not the Mouse!”
Ok, I will step outside our boundaries
I’ve often heard that Quebec is a great place to visit. That is has a European feel, but much closer to home. I’d like to see it.
So there you have it, where I would like to travel with my family. Where would you like to go?
This is the last post in a travel carnival feature, this one hosted by Brown Girls Fly.