It’s that time of the year again for my family….where we dream about ‘family vacation’ till one of us breaks down and says LETS DO IT! I would like to say we dream about “couples only” vacation time, but I can’t imagine leaving Phoenyx alone for 5-7 days with the sitter. We have to do more like “couples retreat weekends” than weeks.
It doesn’t stop my spouse from constantly teasing me on Facebook though.
Now this isn’t my first rodeo on the vacation scene with a baby. Last year we went on a cruise with P and he was 6 months old. I won’t say it was miserable, it wasn’t. It really was a lot of fun. I put him in my chest pack and we just went all around the boat.
When he went to bed.
For the night.
And then we all sat in a dark cruise boat room alone from 6pm till morning time. No TV (cause that would wake the baby up and we had a suite, the downside of a cruise boat proximity) and we all just took turns on who got to sit in the bathroom and eat a plate of food or take a bath. Unfortunately the majority of cruise boats have very little child care options for his age….at least the one we were on and others I have checked since. He didn’t even qualify to be able to go into the pool on the boat! You had to be fully potty trained.
This year I want something that won’t require we spend 15 hours a day staring at the ceiling in our room and there are very few options that can fill that. We can take a road trip down to Disney and do the 8-9 hour car ride from Mobile to Orlando and fight the crowds to ride rides. I know P will love the rides, but I am not so sure he will love the WAITING without being a pain. Or we can take a plane ride out of the country to a resort.
The upside of a plane ride is that its quick and once we are at a resort we can stay there. We can get two separate rooms so when P goes to bed we ALL don’t have to go to bed and there are plenty of pools, beaches, and food options. This sounds like the best idea but I am afraid that the plane experience may be a little soon for him as well. There will be no where to change diapers easily (We are talking a 30 pound 3 foot tall monster beast) and he isn’t really at an age that he has the capacity to watch a DVD and be quiet. He rarely looks twice at the TV.
Of course we also have to think about a budget. Its not completely unlimited and when you fly, you need 4 plane tickets, which can significantly raise the cost of your vacation. Id like to spend no more than $3500 for my family of 4.
Soooo, my question is this:
Have you been anywhere or have any vacation destination thoughts that are toddler and family friendly?