January 30, 2013

What I Love Wednesdays - My Favorite Vacation

So, these Wednesday topics are going to be kind of random - other than the fact that they all include things I really love.  Today I thought I'd tell you about my favorite vacation I've ever been on.

About a year before we had Rex we went on a trip to Belize.  We had heard that taking a trip before you start your family was a great idea and even though it was a lot for us to spend, we decided to go for it.  I hadn't heard much about Belize, and for that reason I was intrigued.  I'd say it's more popular now (7 years later) and lots of cruise ships stop there.  However, it's well worth its own visit.


I purchased the Frommer's guide to Belize and read the entire thing before we went.  I love to plan trips.  The Frommer's guides are amazing because they tell you about every little hotel in existence with detailed info on all of them.  It's great for budget planning.  They also tell you about all the less-known but amazing sites in the area.  


I decided that I would rather have us stay in cheap, dumpy places and spend all our money on the adventures.  There's a LOT to do there and I wanted to try it all.  

We spent 2 days on a little island first.  We went snorkeling off a sailboat.  The coral reef there is incredible.  There's tons to see.  We got to pet nurse sharks (they aren't mean) and swim through the reef as if it were a maze.  (Sorry - no underwater pictures.  I didn't get to scan them in.)


We went parasailing behind a boat.


Then we headed back to the mainland.  We went tubing down a river that passes through caves.



We drove dirt roads leading to amazing hidden waterfalls and caves where there wasn't another soul around.


We saw some amazing ruins.



We zip-lined through the jungle.


We visited their zoo, which was really cool.  It's a basic fence like you see here around all the animals.


Even the dangerous animals are just right there in front of you.


The trip was really action packed.  You see, I love doing things on vacations.  That's why I picked Belize.  My husband, on the other hand, prefers to relax and do very few things.  This wasn't his favorite trip.  He liked it, but he'd pick a nicer place with more laying by the pool in his perfect world.  He was very kind and let me pick everything that time around.

So, what's been your favorite trip ever?  I am excited to be able to travel a little more when the kids get older.  I love seeing new places.

Thanks for dropping in.

25 comments:

  1. Tough question! My favorite trip without kids was Puerto Rico or our Alaskan Cruise. With kids, our RV trips. We have rented an RV and traveled from WI out to Yellowstone and the next summer we traveled around Michigan and ON. These trips were each two weeks long. Last fall we purchased an RV and are taking 2 months to travel -- destinations yet to be decided! BUT we are so excited.

    Belize looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Belize was on our short list when we were deciding where to go for my husband's sabbatical from work. After 5 years working at his company, they pay for airfare and lodging (a stipend) to go somewhere you've never been. We ultimately chose Fiji, and it was amazing. The people there are without a doubt the nicest people we've ever met.

    Belize will remain on our short list for future trips-- thanks for sharing!

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  3. Cheri,

    I two that pop into mind. One was the best as a family and the other was the worst. The best one was we took our daughter to Niagra Falls for a few days. We stayed on the Canadian side and did everything we could think of. Jac wants to take another vacation but we just don't have the funds. The other vacation was taken a year after we were married. We lived in North Carolina at the time and went, with camper in tow - dubbed him Fred - to Yellow Stone park. We combined a friends wedding in MD and a visit home in PA before Wyoming and visits to friends in MN and IL on our way home. The fun consisted of two flat tires, no tools, a theft in the Park, inadequate camping gear and a sister-in-law. I haven't even mentioned the fighting that went on between us. Fun times. The photo album is titled "The Vacation From Hell". Jac, who has never had anything but good vacations likes to hear about this one and all it's stories. If I had a chance to do it again, yes, I would but only because I learned so much about my husband and his family that I didn't know before.

    Maureen

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    1. P.S. The first sentance is susposed to say - I HAVE two that pop into mind. Sorry!

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  4. My fave by far has been our 2 trips to Kauai, Hawaii. Many of the pics look the same as your Belize ones. Loved the temps....mid 70's to low 80's year round. Loved that it was US....same driving, language, etc....All of the beaches are public. Even the ones associated with amazing resorts so that was lovely. I feel blessed to have been able to go twice, and I sincerely hope to go more and take the kids some day :)
    About a 1&1/2 years ago we bought an RV. It has provided some seriously fun "kid" vacations. We have traveled to the Colorado Rocky Mts, Oklahoma and down into south Texas. Has been some great family memories. I love it when the kids are so excited to pack up in the RV!
    Thanks for sharing about Belize. My boss and his fam when several years ago and I thought it sounded lovely then. Now I really wanna go!

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  5. What a great trip! It looks like a blast! My favorite trip so far has been to Savannah, Georgia. I absolutley LOVE the old South, the plantations, the Spanish Moss and the pralines. My husband had lived in Savannah, so he knew the best places to go and the most important stuff to see. We have made this our annual family trip. It is so much fun!

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  6. How fun! Great topic to discuss! Dillon and I went to England when I was 6 months pregnant with Carson. He served his mission there. It was SO beautiful and we loved it so much. I also highly recommend Hawaii! But that's my extent of getaways with the hubby. :)

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  7. Our honeymoon (which actually didn't happen until 9 months after the wedding thanks to blizzards that closed airports), was amazing! We went to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for 10 days. It was off season so we got a really nice hotel for cheap but it was hot. We did a lot of both action and relaxing. Every other day we did something adventurous - visiting ruins, zip lining in the jungle, shopping in the city, etc... The days between we spent hanging on the beach and snorkeling in the reef right outside our hotel. We also spent a day attending church in a nearby town and walking around handing out candy to kids. I'd go back in a second, it was so much fun!

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  8. Before our oldest was born, we took a babymoon to Kauai (island of Hawaii), and it was AWESOME. Gorgeous weather, gorgeous terrain, nice people, and the perfect balance between a "doing" vacation and a "relaxing" vacation. I highly recommend it!

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  9. My favorite was our tenth anniversary trip - very nearly here in our own backyard! We hiked the Appalachian Trail for a week. The portion we chose took us through the Virginia Highlands, which is a gorgeous portion of the AT. Brutal thunderstorms and other mishaps made it an incredible adventure. We both agree it was our favorite vacation - and one of our favorite weeks overall. Definitely not relaxing, but like you, we prefer adventure to relaxation! (We ended with a night at The Grove Park Inn, so that covered the traditional romance part.)

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  10. My husband and I have been together for 10 years and married for 6 of those years. We have yet to start a family I'm going to be 29 next Friday and he's going to be 33 in March. We were just talking about and planning on taking a cruise before we start having a family (we want to start trying this spring/summer) after reading this I'm thinking it is a really good idea! Plus we had a courthouse wedding and no honeymoon and we've never been on vacation, sometimes you just need to go for it! I think we might :D

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  11. My favorite trip sans kids was for our 15th anniversary. We went to Sanibel Island in the Gulf Coast off of Florida. It was amazing! We are like you in that one likes to do stuff and the other just likes to relax. There was enough to do and see that I felt like we got our money's worth and weren't bored, but it was all relaxing kind of stuff...if you like doing things in nature. The off season is in May (after Spring Break and before Summer) and it was not at all crowded, plus we got a great deal on a condo.
    With kids, the favorite has to be this past Thanksgiving we took them camping on the Beach at Panama City (St. Andrew's state park...couldn't say enough nice things about it, it's that great) for the whole week. While they were wary of not having a traditional Thanksgiving, they ended up having a lot of fun. I loved that the clean up for tinfoil dinners for Thanksgiving day dinner was 100x easier than normal.

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  12. My favorite trip sans kids was for our 15th anniversary. We went to Sanibel Island in the Gulf Coast off of Florida. It was amazing! We are like you in that one likes to do stuff and the other just likes to relax. There was enough to do and see that I felt like we got our money's worth and weren't bored, but it was all relaxing kind of stuff...if you like doing things in nature. The off season is in May (after Spring Break and before Summer) and it was not at all crowded, plus we got a great deal on a condo.
    With kids, the favorite has to be this past Thanksgiving we took them camping on the Beach at Panama City (St. Andrew's state park...couldn't say enough nice things about it, it's that great) for the whole week. While they were wary of not having a traditional Thanksgiving, they ended up having a lot of fun. I loved that the clean up for tinfoil dinners for Thanksgiving day dinner was 100x easier than normal.

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  13. a year ago my husband and I went on a cruise that stopped in Belize on our anniversary (15th). We did the cave tubing thing too. He got a bug bite while we were out there in the jungle. It turned out he was growing a Bot Fly, and took several different doctors before it was diagnosed correctly (he asked every doctor if it was a Bot Fly and all but the last doctor said no). So needless to say he doesn't want to ever go back.

    My favorite trip was to Maui when we just had 1 kid. Jessa was 3 and it was fun watching her experience it all. Stomping through puddles in the rain while it was 75 deg. (not like our cold Oregon rain).

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  14. My favorite vacation was to Florida for the final space shuttle launch in July 2011. We stayed in a condo in Titusville for week 1, then went to the Gulf Coast and stayed on the water for week 2. Phenomenal. We're hoping to have our second favorite vacation this summer!

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  15. We encourage everyone to travel even with kids. We are always going somewhere. Our oldest got her first passport stamp when she turned 6 months old in the Cook Islands. If you just keep a relaxed attitude (and don't plan on doing too much), it is lots of fun!

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  16. We went to Cancun last week and LOVED it. It looked very similar to Belize. The beaches were AMAZiNG!!!!

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  17. We have been to Ambergris Caye a handful of times with my parents. I absolutely love the Island. We have never explored the mainland much, but we also did an afternoon trip to Caye Caulker. We ate at a place called Rasta Pasta...it was really good. Funny story, though, I was taking a catnap in a hammock at a bar at the end of Caye Caulker, and I woke up to some guy SUCKING ON MY TOES!!!! Really?! A little freaky, but a good story to laugh at now!

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  18. I've never been outside of the States, with exception of a day trip to Mexico that I feel was more "real world experience" than vacation! That being said, my two favorite vacations have been stopping at the Grand Canyon with my husband during my move from Oklahoma to San Diego, California, and then our drive up the California coast to San Francisco. Both trips had amazing views, and our son (at 1 year old) really enjoyed all the fun things to do in San Francisco--especially people watching in Chinatown.
    We're moving across the country again (this time from San Diego to Key West!) and I'm looking forward to living in another "paradise" location. :)
    -Tasha

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  19. This sounds like an incredibly fun trip. The cave thing sounds a little freaky, but the rest sounds awesome.

    My best trip ever: A 4-week journey to Australia. Trip of of a lifetime for my husband and me. Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Ayers Rock, the Great Ocean Road and on. We saw wild koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and more. We toured the Opera House. We packed in lots of stuff including a week of scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. Thankfully, we planned nothing for our last few days. We desperately needed that downtime.


    It will be hard for us to ever top that trip.

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  20. this made me laugh, my husband was the same!

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  21. My was are road trip out west with the kids. We sang corny songs all the way. I really miss my kids.

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  22. My husband and I joined in on a trip with my parents to New Zealand (my mom was born/raised there). I had been there numerous times growing up, but it was amazing going there with my husband who had never been. We travelled all over, but mainly Christchurch, Auckland, and Queenstown. Queenstown is my most favorite place in the entire world, so it was awesome to spend time there with the hubby. It was a bittersweet trip. It was one that our son was supposed to be on (but he had passed away), but we were able to tell my parents we were expecting another baby at dinner before we took off from LAX. It was great being able to tell my NZ family about being pregnant face to face!

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  23. NEW ZEALAND OF COURSE! Best place in the world. You'll never find anywhere like it!
    Fav places are Lake Tekapo. Great hot pool, snow tubing and ice skating over looking the lake. An hours drive is Mt Cook, which it beautiful. And other fav place is Te Anau and Milford Sound. Milford will just take your breath away. Google it, I'm sure you'll agree! We live in Christchurch which means everythings so close. Be at the beach and 2 hours later be in the mountains on a ski field. A lot of people won't come here now I'm sure because of the earthquakes (but you get used to them!) which is a shame cause they'll miss out on some neat things that have happened since like the central city mall made out of shipping containers till the can re-build it. And the GAP fillers, which is local groups putting on movies or dance mats in sites where buildings have been pulled down. I've done a lot of travel, esp when I was younger, and there are SO MANY PLACES I still REALLY want to see, but truly, there's no place like it here and some of my fav spots so far are right on my doorstep.

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  24. Well that sounds lovely! We haven't had a chance to go on very many international trips, being on a budget, but we manage to do little things here and there which are still fun! We went down to a cottage for the weekend this past summer. We did lots of boating, eating out at fancy restaurants, fishing and just hanging out by the water. Our cottage was right at lakeside, it was lovely. And it was my first time every going to a cottage!

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