Hey there, it’s Katherine, taking a break from beauty and fashion to talk about another fun topic — traveling!

As August comes to a close, I’m already asking myself “What can we do next summer”?  With one child entering high school this fall, I’m saddened to realize I’m running out of time for family summer vacations.

Summer trips have always played an important role in my life.  Throughout my youth, my family annually planned an extended summer vacation around my father’s business meetings.  IMG_1753Those trips inspired some of my fondest family memories, and helped shape the person I am today.  Now I want to engender the same kinds of memories for my two kids.

Selecting vacation destinations that intrigue and satisfy kids and parents isn’t easy.  Tweens and teens need age-appropriate activities, while my husband and I want a little peace and quiet in the sun, followed by a nice dinner and drink in the evening.  These photos are from our trip to New Mexico (to visit my parents), and Georgia (to visit my husband’s family).IMG_1634

I’ve given it some thought and created a list of things that to see with my kids before we kick the proverbial “family travel” bucket (in other words, before the kids are “too cool” to travel with us).  Some of these places are locations I’ve visited but wish to share with my kids, while others would be new to us all:

  1. Backroads Tour to Spain or Italy
  2. Hawaii
  3. Costa Rica
  4. RV trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
  5. Alaskan Cruise
  6. Grand Canyon
  7. Mediterranean Cruise
  8. London
  9. Turks & Caicos
  10. Germany

Have any of you been to these places and, if so, are they worth the trip?  And tell me, what destinations comprise your “travel” bucket list?

xo-Katherine