Family survives vacation-planning dinner
We conducted an experiment in family planning Friday. No, not that kind of family planning. My family planned its vacation for the last two weeks of August. The agenda now calls for a drive across New York State to Niagara Falls and then to Toronto. This is how we did; How do you handle your vacation planning?
My sons, 12 and 17, and I met my wife at her office in Manhattan, stopped at a bookstore to pick up travel books and then went to a diner for dinner and vacation discussion. Everyone looked at a books, and perhaps even read a little about our destinations and we even talked about it briefly. We didn’t actually plan the vacation, but it was a start in getting the kids on board with the trip.
The kids would have liked a trip to California with visits to LA, San Francisco and the country in between. And so would I, but my wife has real problems with flying these days, which limits the trip. Eliminating the cities and towns we’ve already visited, and considering my wife’s interest in seeing Niagara Falls, we came up with this trip. There’s also an added bonus for traveling to Canada this summer by car – you don’t need a passport, though you probably will sometime next year.
The trip could include a stop in the Finger Lakes and a visit to a state college for my older son who will be entering his senior year in high school next month. So for the next two weeks I’ll be checking out our tour books, scouting baseball schedules in Toronto and minor league cities along the way. We survived our vacation planning and, with any luck, we’ll survive our vacation.