How Do You Know When Your Family Is Ready to Backpack?

Well it all began with Chris wanting/needing/pleading to see a James Taylor concert. And this concert was to take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey; not exactly on my family bucket list for travel.

So we head off to Atlantic City and what do we find?

Overpriced boutique (questionable) hotels… certain women entering and exiting said boutique hotel, overpriced and well… frankly boring…restaurants along the boardwalk, a busy beach with a rough undertow that kept the lifeguards very occupied, a ton of ambulances wailing all day long…what to do?

We head to Cake Boss land to find some delicious cupcakes and cookies from our favourite baking TV show. That was the highlight ¬†of the trip and it wasn’t even in Atlantic City. Oh, I must admit there was a great July 4 set of fireworks over the beach, so I will give that to Atlantic City as a must do if you happen to be there with kids at that time.

Upon leaving Atlantic City, Cheryl plays her travel game with Abby.

“What did you like best about Atlantic City Abby?”

“Well, she says, the Vietnamese restaurant where I got to use the chopsticks and the African store where the owner was yelling into the phone in another language.”

Yes… we knew… we were ready to leave North America and get some real bang for our buck.

Sometimes As Parents We Make Those Kinds of Trips

Jadey Potter and her sidekick Abby Potter made the annual rite of passage as they headed to Florida to check out Disney, Winter (the dolphin with no tail), Sweet Tomatoes restaurant (they are eagerly awaiting its arrival in Canada) and of course Harry Potter Land.

In our eagerness to get there before the hoards arrived,we drove over a meridian on the highway almost taking out a wheel or two of our rental car. I don’t recommend doing this when you have super excited kids in the back whose whole lives depend on getting to see the real deal or at least as close as you can get to in North America.

Chris Chooses Boston!

What? After all the places you have now been, you still said Boston was your favourite destination. How could that be? Well, it often is the memories of trips we had when we were younger that stand out so maybe that is why? I like the city but would still pick New York or San Francisco over Boston as a favourite American city but each to their own. However…we have had a lot of great family memories in Boston and so here are some visuals that clearly resonate with Chris and me as to why this city is so special.