Our family is a Disney Family. From the time our kids could name every Disney character and sing every Disney song without missing a beat, we have invested in taking our Disney minis to the happiest place on Earth even purchasing annual passes so we could visit more frequently.
Do not get me wrong! I do not regret any visit we have ever made taking our girls to Disney – every visit gets better because they still have that glimmer of magic that lights up in their eyes. My most favorite trip being Our Mommy and Me Trip; just myself and my girls – we made memories that only a mother and her daughters can make.
I have always had a fascination with travel and seeing the world and my one goal in life is for my girls to experience and see things up close – things that, unfortunately for some, only see in books. Again, I will always have my love of Disney and I am even taking my minis on their first trip to California to experience Disneyland, but there is so much more to see and experience!
Two years ago, my Disney Dad insisted on a year without Disney. I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me but I also understood where he was coming from. After some discussion and looking at our budget, we decided to take our first family cruise over spring break coupled with a day trip to Universal Studios. This not only would allow my girls to experience being on a ship for the first time but also to experience some different cultures that they would not have experienced otherwise and you know what?! THEY LOVED IT!
They loved the food. They loved meeting kids from all over the US and even met a few from Scotland. After seeing their excitement, we booked another cruise for the fall with a different itinerary so they could see even more. I was excited to see how they were falling in love with travel like I did. They wanted and craved more!
Being a travel agent has allowed me to meet some amazing people. Some that have given me inspiration to add different locations to my travel bucket list and some that have allowed me to live vicariously through their travel dreams.
So, you may be asking, is there a point?! Absolutely! Could I insist on taking my kids to Disney every vacation. Sure. Is that expensive? It can be, yes. Can it be affordable? ABSOLUTELY!!! But here is the kicker – when do they start to experience what the world has to offer?! Since changing how our family travels, we have made some amazing memories and have seen some amazing sights! We have now visited Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Denver, Mexico, The Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Belize, Bahamas and our list will be added to as the years go on and as we are able.
There is so much history, so much beauty and so much more out there to experience. So, what can you do and how can it be affordable? Find day trips around your home and make memories with your family. Visit friends that live outside of your area and experience different attractions. Make a plan for a few years from now and start a vacation account and budget out for a dream vacation; could be a different country, could be Disney if you have never been before, could be a cruise, or it could be a cross country drive stopping at different landmarks along the way. Either way – anything can happen if you put your mind to it. Life is short – take the trip!
Until next time friends!
The Traveling Fairy Godmother- Sybil