For the past four or five years, Elisa and I have been able to set aside time for at least two vacation / road trips per year. This has been a huge deal for us as neither of us came out of a family that did much traveling. My family would head over to St. Louis every once in a while to visit with my aunts but that was really about it. My senior year, we took a class trip to Orlando, Florida and that was the first time that I had really left Illinois / Missouri in my life.
We wanted that to change for our family. We wanted out kids to be able to say that they got to see some things in their childhood. We homeschool so we have a more flexible schedule and our job also provides us with 3 to 4 days off in a row when we are not on duty. This is really perfect for a wanderlust who is not content to stay home.
We have been married now for almost 11 years (January 28th) and we love to travel. In eleven years of marriage, we have been to….
- Baton Rouge, Louisianna
- Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg, Tennessee
- Tampa, Florida
- Caladesi Island
- Clearwater, Florida
- French Lick, Indiana (twice)
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Springfield, Illinois
- Chicago, Illinois
- Santa Claus, Indiana
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Corpus Christi, Texas
- Padre Islands in the Gulf of Mexico
- Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (OBX)
- Ocracoke Island (OBX)
- Roanoke Island, North Carolina
- Charleston, West Virginia
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Sandbridge Beach, Virginia
- Roanoke, Virginia
- Feels like more but I cannot think of any others
As you can see, we have gotten a decent start on discovering America. However, my goal is bigger than this. Someday, hopefully soon, we will visit someplace outside of the US. I would love to see New Zealand.
Okay, anyways, I am getting lost from the point of this post. I was reading an article recently on Business Insider about alternative vacation spots that people tend to check out instead of the large, touristy spots. I was immediately drawn to this list as it contained potential vacation spots for my family.
Here is the list that they provided:
Instead of South Florida Go to Cape San Blas
Instead of Switzerland Go to Slovenia
Instead of Cancun Go to Costa Maya
Instead of Aspen Go to Taos
Instead of Bora Bora Go to Boracay Island
Instead of Los Angeles Go to Palm Springs
Instead of New York City Go to Philadelphia
Instead of Las Vegas Go to New Orleans
Instead of Paris Go to Barcelona
Instead of San Juan Go to Rincon, Puerto Rico
Sound fun? I think so. But, hey, this list really doesn’t do the article justice. Not only does it list the destinations but it also has pictures of the locations and a description of each. You should definitely go check it out.
However, in the meantime, scroll on down to the comment section of this blog and leave me a comment about some places that you have been and seen. I would love to swap travel stories with you.
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