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Where to Next? NYC and the Caribbean

Where to next? New York City and Jamaica!

My next wandering is an anniversary (our 20th!) weekend away to NYC. We haven’t had much time alone without the children so I am eager for this little trip. We will be driving in, staying in the flower district and attending the Yankees and Red Sox baseball game. How cool is that?! I already booked a Friday night outing and brunch for Saturday. I always recommend making food reservations ahead of time if you can.

Since it will be a weekend of adulting, I’m planning on packing light cute summer dresses and of course a baseball t-shirt for the game. No swimsuits or anything like that and the thought of extremely light packing sounds amazing.

As for our next family wandering, once the kids are out of school we will be boarding a plane to the Caribbean. Our first flight in two years, wow. My kids will be using their passports for the first time. There is nothing quite like that first stamp in your book. We are heading to an all inclusive resort in Jamaica and since the children are accompanying us we will be staying on property the entire time. I’m not comfortable exploring with kids in tow to an island I’ve never been to.

After this past school year we all need a relaxing vacation! I do hope you have something planned too. I’ll do a follow up post on both trips 🙂

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Where To Next? After My Charleston Road Trip

Settling in back home after a week in Charleston, South Carolina. It took us fifteen hours to get down there and home and how is it that a long road trip, where you are sitting most of the time, can be so exhausting?! At least all the time in between was amazing 🙂

I am going to write several blog posts about our road trip. This one will be a general overview but I’ll write more specific posts about my favorite locations/sites and what I wore.

We stayed at the Cottages on Charleston Harbor and I loved it. We had our own home but had the touches and details of a resort. I barely saw anyone else the entire time we were there even though I know they were fully booked. The location in Mount Pleasant was perfect. It was quiet, it was easy to get everywhere we wanted to go and cheaper than staying at an Airbnb in the immediate area.

We spent time bumming around Charleston, a day at Magnolia Plantation, time at Angel Oak Tree, Fort Sumter, Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. We took a road trip out to Congaree National Park. An amazing trip! I booked food reservations using Resy and Open Table and only for restaurants with outdoor dining. I recommend booking them before you even go! Since we had kids with us and because of the pandemic I didn’t eat at the restaurants I would have wanted to otherwise. Makes for another trip some day. One where I would fly, lol.

My next blog will be about Magnolia Plantation and the beaches we went to!

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Where To Next? Why You Should Visit U.S. National Parks This Year

Travel experts agree for 2021 we should concentrate our travels within the U.S. Vaccine rollout for other countries may not be where we are here, sadly, and therefore for extra caution, stay here. I do have one trip planned for the Caribbean this year, we shall see. For now, where to next? For me and my family, a road trip to Charleston, South Carolina and visiting the Congaree National Park this spring.

Congaree National Park, photo via National Geographic

If you are a regular reader you know I have a goal to visit all the Connecticut State Parks, and I decided expanding that goal to include as many national parks as I can was a fabulous idea. What better time than 2021! I looked at what we could realistically visit while not flying for the time being. I think there are enough national parks in the country where hopefully many families can realistically road trip to. We visited Acadia National Park in August 2019, I’ll write about that in the future; great place for a summer trip. The new park in West Virginia was an option too but ultimately I decided on South Carolina because Charlestown and Kiawah Island have been on my U.S. bucket list.

When traveling with the kids I always prefer staying at a resort or renting a house where we can have our own kitchen and not have to eat out every meal. Luckily there are many options in Charlestown. I’ll share the specifics on where we are staying after the trip.

I’ve only known people who have visited Charleston for a few days; we are going for an entire week and I have lots of plans. Some items include visiting the Angel Oak Tree, Magnolia Plantation, Fort Sumpter, downtown Charleston, Kiawah Island, Morris Island Lighthouse and of course a day trip to the national park.

Doesn’t this look amazing! Image from Hand Luggage Only

This will be the longest road trip I’ve done with the three kids so wish us luck! Do you plan on visiting any national parks this year?