Family Trips List

Before my youngest child turned 2 years old, hubby suggested that we come up with a 10-year-plan of family trips. At the time, I thought he was somewhat crazy. Traveling with a toddler, a 5-year-old, and a 7-year-old did not sound like a vacation. Just think about how hard a trip to the grocery store was! But he had a good point. If we waited until our youngest was older, we'd have far fewer years to show our eldest child the world. In retrospect, the positives have far outweighed the negatives (kind of like childbirth).

We've made numerous trips to Houston, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles to visit family. They are not included in the list below.

2001 - Just one child, so a piece of cake in hindsight
Baltimore, Maryland > Hershey, Pennsylvania > Philadelphia

Walt Disney World in Florida with hubby's parents and 2 young nephews 

2004 - Up to two kids at this point
San Diego, California

Cruise from Galveston, Texas to Cozumel, Mexico (just myself and hubby)

2007 - Three little ones!
Vancouver, Canada > Olympic National Park, Washington (including lunch in Forks before it was overrun with TwiHards) > Seattle

Las Vegas (just myself and hubby)

Walt Disney World in Florida

Colorado: Vail > Durango> Mesa Verde National Park> Great Sand Dunes National Park> Colorado Springs> Denver

San Diego, California

Boston> Acadia National Park, Maine

Puerto Rico (just myself and hubby)

The Big Island of Hawaii: Kona> Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park> Volcanoes National Park> Hilo> Kohalo Coast

Maui, Hawaii: Pukalani> Haleakala National Park> Hana> Kaanapali Coast

Sequoia National Park, California> visiting family in California> Disneyland

Taiping, Malaysia


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ipoh, Malaysia

Hong Kong

Home visit to Houston and Austin, Texas

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Japan: Tokyo> Mount Fuji and Hakone> Kyoto

Kuching, Malaysia on the island of Borneo

Home visit to Austin and Houston, Texas

Phuket, Thailand

Pangkor Laut, Malaysia

LEGOland Malaysia and Singapore

Australia: Sydney> Great Barrier Reef> Uluru (Ayers Rock)> Kangaroo Island> Adelaide

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Paris, France

Home visit to Texas: Austin> Bastrop> Waco> Brenham> Kemah> Houston


China and Tibet with a long Hong Kong layover

Home visit to Texas: Houston> Austin

Orlando, Florida for Universal Studios and Walt Disney World

Siem Reap, Cambodia

LEGOLAND Malaysia in Johor Bahru

Manila, The Philippines

Italy: Rome> Naples> Venice

Houston, Texas

Mommy-only escape to Sonoma, California

Back home to Austin, Texas

New York City

Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center, Florida
Disney Cruise to the Bahamas

Hubby-only escape to Vienna, Austria

National Parks in South Dakota and Wyoming

Washington, D.C.

Dallas, Texas

Walt Disney World's Magic Kindom, Florida
Disney Cruise to the Bahamas

Houston (over and over again)

England: Bath> Stonehenge> the Cotswolds> York> London

Northeast USA: Vermont> New Hampshire> Boston

Miami, Florida
Disney Cruise to the Caribbean

My oldest child's 1st parent-less trip: Washington,  D.C.

Coming Up
Kuai and Oahu, Hawaii

Once you've decided there are no limits to traveling the world,
narrowing down your choices can be difficult.

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  1. 2013
    A) Genting Highlands, Pahang
    B) Malacca historical streets

    1. Good suggestions. They are both on our list of things to see while living in Malaysia.

  2. 2014 - don't miss out Redang & Perhentian islands on the east coast of Malaysia to discover one of the best tropical underwater world..

    1. Shirley, you must be a mind reader because I was just looking at hotels for Redang and figuring out flying versus driving.

  3. I'd love to hear about it if you make it to the Philippines - we're thinking about taking our kids this year, too!

  4. Ha, reading this list mine seems so insignificant in comparison :) though we do travel somewhere every year, sometimes two or three times a year (if we can). I laughed at "Traveling with a toddler, a 5-year-old, and a 7-year-old did not sound like a vacation." but also loved "If we waited until our youngest was older, we'd have far fewer years to show our eldest child the world." Keep writing about your travels and I'll keep reading :)


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