Last summer kind of blew, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that we didn’t really go anywhere or do anything fun (save for a long weekend at a lake house with friends). Joanie was still a baby and difficult to travel with (not that she’s that much easier now, but last weekend we were able to take her to a restaurant for Drew’s birthday without her totally freaking out and ruining the experience, so that’s an improvement), and we were having some challenges with Jackson that made the idea of “family vacation” sort of an oxymoron. Things are better on all those fronts, and I feel optimistic that traveling together this year could be fun and, at the very least, a way to break up what would otherwise be a long, hot summer in New York City (and anyone who’s spent an entire summer in NYC can attest that you really need to break that shit up little bit).
Anyway, we’ve been thinking about where we might want to go — a trip to my parents’ is on the agenda, as well as a stay in Chicago later in the summer. We’re also thinking about a long weekend in South Carolina — specifically in or near Charleston. Are any of you from there? Have you vacationed there? I’m looking at the beaches nearby — Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah, etc. I thought we could stay on the beach for quick and easy access to sand and surf, but be close enough to drive (in a rental car) into Charleston two or three times while we’re there. If you have any insight or tips, I’d love to hear.
Do you have any vacations planned for this spring and summer? Any questions about places you’re considering? Maybe other DW readers can provide some insight. I loved our trip to Memphis back in 2010 and our visit to New Orleans a few months later. Of course, all of our international trips, most of which were taken before we became parents, are super memorable. Paris was one of my favorites, and I loved Spain, too, and Costa Rica for its laid-back vibe. Sometime in the future I’d love to get to Central and South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and all the states I have yet to visit. What are some of your favorite places you’ve visited, and what’s on your vacation bucket list?