A family travel bucket list:
I initially thought I was going to produce a ridiculously long list with no substance, but when I sat down to start working on it I was surprised to find that I couldn’t just bang out locations. The first one came easy, those places my husband and I grew up enjoying, and so I looked at why: sentiment & history. The children love knowing stuff about mom and dad, they appreciate the stories there. So, then I asked the question of why travel with the children at all? Why do I want to do this? I had 5 main reasons:
- Education. Learning about or deepening an understanding about something as well as history & new experiences & new cultures.
- Perspective. Grow a vision of the world.
- Adventure. Have fun, create memories & stories.
- Personal Growth. Develop skills we might not have without travel experience. Travel can help us discover who we are.
- Social Skills. Create meaningful relationships amongst our family unit but also with people we meet.
With that in mind my Family Travel Bucket List is as follows:
- Some places I enjoyed growing up: Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto Zoo, Niagara Falls, Boldt Castle, Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, & mine and my husband’s hometowns.
- Road trips with the trailer to the North West Territories which will have to include a mystifying intake of northern lights. Perhaps a road trip to Alaska starting at mile 0.
- As many Canadian Provinces as we can including Canada’s natural wonders like The Hopewell Rocks, Cathedral Grove, Cabot Trail etcetera.
- A Scotland, England, & Ireland tour. Perhaps one of those guided tours (try some haggis…)
- A tropical island or two & any natural wonders there like Volcanos, Rainforests, coral reefs… I would also like to show them where all the wedding pictures in our house were taken because they often ask.
- Grand Canyon. It is one of those natural wonders that I have yet to see myself.
Do you have a travel bucket list? What places are on yours?
By Shari Marshall – 2017