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Hilton Hawaiian Village

Soooooooo……to wet your tastebuds, I got the picture above from another blog that, amongst other things, covered a visit to Disney’s Aulani. Here’s the link to get more details:

http://bucketlistpublications.org/2014/10/28/were-doing-11-days-on-oahu-hawaii-bucket-list-style/

While we’re in Hawaii, might as well cover parts of the US. When with young children, you probably want to nix the idea of driving round the 50 states…..unless you’re driving an RV. Haven’t been in one yet so won’t comment on that, but I hear that’s the best way to take long drives with children; bathroom breaks, roadsickness and all.

IF YOU HAVE BABIES, TODDLERS OR YOUNG CHILDREN, THIS IS FOR YOU:

– Having 3 children personally, means staying with friends or family is not really a comfortable option ’cause we now take up so much space. I recommend staying in some self-catering hotels near them; self-catering rather than straight up hotels, so you get access to a microwave (to warm baby food), washing machine and basic stove top. My kids don’t always like hotel food and who wants to feed their kids french fries and nuggets all the time? If you’re visiting family or friends who work, this arrangement is great as you get to visit them and do fun activities together but at their convenience and without them feeling like they’ve neglected you. Also in the US, transportation is difficult (even taxies, unless you’re in New York or D.C) so renting a car becomes expedient with a large family; If you stay with people, you will likely have difficulty fitting your brood in their car(s). Options for accommodation include Extended Stay America, Residence Inn by Marriott and similar hotels.

– There are of course the usual suspects: Disneyland (California), Disney World (Florida), Six Flags, Universal Orlando Resort, Knotts Berry Farm, etc. Resources to check out include: http://www.familyvacationcritic.com, http://www.parents.com, http://www.travelchannel.com and http://www.tripadvisor.com

IF YOU HAVE TEENAGERS, MY SUGGESTIONS ARE:

– A road trip covering your favourite US states (maybe a combination of 4 states where you have the most family and friends or taking in the wine country?) and stopping at Guy Fieri’s recommended diners, dive-ins and dives along the way for great but cheap food: http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/diners-drive-ins-and-dives.html

– If one of you likes golf, then try PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida; it’s bayootiful! Golfing, Spa, great steaks….what else could you ask for? Your teenage daughter is sure to love a spa and shopping day with momma, while father gets to bond with son over a few hours on the course: http://www.pgaresort.com/index

– Get your teenagers concert tickets for an artist they are crazy about and they will love you. You can plan your trip around such an event, let them attend the concert with one or both parents, or if you have 2 or more teenagers you (the parents) could split up and see 2 different shows; one parent with each child at each show. After that they don’t get to complain about what the rest of the holiday holds, including having to ride with their very young siblings on all the Disney rides (he-he).

I think that’s enough to chew on for now. Next travel post, we’ll go to Europe.

(NEXT POST: ARE YOU WHOLE? – EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE NEEDED TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN)

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