Wooden Doors Todos Santos Mexico
Can you spare a share?

We are always planning another trip; always adding to our travel bucket list.  A week out, month, maybe a year or two.  We need to have a list of where we want to go and what our next jaunt is.  Typically, we plan a year out, but sometimes it’s more, and then sometimes we are so random that we disappear at a moment’s notice. Wooden Doors Todos Santos Mexico

Planning is best though, as then you’re set up for success and not left in a pickle, sitting on a hot beach in jeans and a sweatshirt instead of shorts and a tank.  Or vice versa.  Currently on our docket, we’ve got Atlanta, Georgia; St Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida; St Simon’s Island, Georgia; the National Parks of Utah; and Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, Mexico all scheduled.  Besides these, we chat about smaller getaways that are easy to do out of Seattle, both with and without kids.  We look at what are great family destinations and what would be good in terms of gay travel, or at least friendly to us.

To keep in mind that we’ve got some place to be soon, we keep a travel board in the dining room.  Here we pin postcards and photos of our next few trips.  It’s a great way to talk to the kids about what we’re going to do and see, and start to generate interest early.  This summer, we took the boys to the US Rockies and experienced the National Parks.  Then we went camping and hiking closer to home.  Keeping the board updated kept questions coming and provided plenty of opportunity to do a little teaching before hitting the road.Travel Board with Postcards

It’s also important to have time without kids.  As I say that I’m thinking hard…and we haven’t had a day without kids since September 2014… We need a little break I guess.

Here is our short term, meaning next five years, list of places to visit with the kids (look below for travel w/o kids):

Southern California (Disneyland and beaches)

Canadian Rockies (Banff, Jasper, Waterton…)

Disneyworld, the Everglades and Keys (Florida)

Canadian Maritimes (New Foundland, Nova Scotia, PEI…)



Long Term Travel, with or without the boys:

Spain and Portugal

Argentina and the penguins

Katmai, Kenai, Denali and Barrow AK (see the fjords, grizzly and polar bears)

NYC (without kids, this’ll fall into the Gay Travel category)

Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania

India (just me, Rob)

UK, Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Cook Islands or Caledonia

I know that there is much more of the world to see, but these are our next stops.  Where else do we NEED to add?  Any thoughts on what our next big kid-trip should be?Dolphin Pod by Glacier Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska

Can you spare a share?


  • Annika de Nooij

    February 11, 2017

    When you go to the Netherlands, Belgium and France, take Luxemburg too. It’s beautiful. Our two children love to go back sometime. There are beautiful castle’s (Vianden, Bourscheid) and a great hiking area (Müllerthal).

  • May 31, 2019

    Greek islands are extraordinary! Besides Santorini go to 1-2 less touristy islands like Koufonisia or Leros! Real gems! Also, don’t underestimate Athens! Besides Acropolis, you can find better food and more logically priced if you search for non-touristy taverns in less touristy neighborhoods. I definitely recommend “la soiree de Votanique” in the less touristy side of the city center with exceptional Greek food and good prices. Have fun like a local!


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