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Where would I go if I won the ultimate family vacation? I’d take my parents, three siblings and their families (significant others and a niece and nephew) to the Mother Country. Ireland.
Other than Canada and Mexico, my parents have not traveled internationally and neither have my sisters. My brother was a month-long exchange student in Wales during high school but he hasn’t traveled to the Emerald Isle. Traveling to an English speaking country would make culture shock a little easier.
Growing up, our family vacations were primarily spring break drives from Buffalo, N.Y., to Southwest Florida to visit grandparents. The only non-spring break family vacation we enjoyed happened while I was in high school. My mom scored six round-trip airline tickets and we spent a week in Yellowstone Country.
My proposed ultimate family vacation to Ireland will not take a page from the Griswold’s guidebook. There will be no mishaps and no one will be required to wear a personalized beret. Moving right along…
The trip begins in Dublin for a couple of days then we’ll hop in cars and drive west making our way through the Irish countryside. We’ll stop at villages with thatched-roof houses and admire fluffy sheep grazing in fields lined with rocks. Our evening rest places will be cozy and friendly bed and breakfast inns. Our itinerary will include a visit to the Guinness Brewery, stop to kiss the Blarney Stone, and stopover to see the Cliffs of Moher.
Our ultimate destination is County Mayo where my great-great- (great?) grandparents lived prior to pursuing the American dream. We’d engage in a little genealogy to see if we could find any relatives while I’m sure my brother and his family would be geocaching.
My ultimate family vacation to Ireland will allow us to connect with our roots while reconnecting with each other.
Where would your ultimate family vacation take you? Wherever that is, you could definitely benefit from any of these 10 Tips For Planning A Vacation With Kids that could make your family time away as spectacular as possible.
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