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We had to change travel plans last summer and couldn't cancel our plane tickets, so as a result we have credit that we have to use or lose by winter. We're trying to decide where to go during winter break. What we want is to relaxe, swim in warm water, snorkel, hike, with some more adventurous options for our teens. Oh, and we don't want to spend much money! We don't want anything fancy, we're really happy in rustic lodgings, but would love to find something near or on a beach. We have quite a lot of credit, so we can travel somewhere pretty far away. New Zealand? Costa Rica? Belize? Mexico? We'd love to get recommendations. ann
Greetings - we have an unusual situation coming up - each
summer, we have taken a family vacation somewhere fun,
different, memorable, to expose the kids to the rest of the
country and spend the vacation time wisely. Two years ago, we
moved from the Bay Area to the country; there are limited
options here and I think I'll have a nervous breakdown if I
have to entertain the kids from June 17 to August 1 when they
leave for summer camp. So the question is, with an especially
limited budget this year, where to take a family of four for
two or three weeks, for about $1000 - $1500? Since we live in
the country, I must say I'm really not in to camping, which I
know is the least expensive option. Somewhere drivable would
be great, accessible from Northern California (that would be
all of California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, perhaps even
Idaho/Montana). The kids are now 9 and 11 and great
travelers. I think having a destination would be great, rather
than just a road trip for the sake of driving. Thanks for any
Preparing for a long summer
This is a Lutheran retreat center (open to non-Lutherans) in the Cascade Mountains in Washington in an abandoned copper mining camp. It is only accessible by hiking or by boat. No TV, no internet, no phones - cell phones don't even work there - but great hiking, kids activites (half day childcare!), great food and VERY INEXPENSIVE.
The maxium rate for a week for a family of 4 is just over $1,000 - all enclusive. There are also discounts for those who volunteer on top of this.
This is an unapologetically Christian retreat center. But, bear in mind, Christian does not equal Christian Right. Holden is LGBT friendly, enviromentally engaged, and socially involved. Everyone in the community is required to worship together every night, but no one is going to force you to take communion or get baptized.
Check out their web site. Maybe we'll see you there. Katie
I wished to ask the recommendation to travel with a 12 yr old boy to Mexico, Cancun, Costa Rica or Hawaii big Island in January. When I compare the 3 for quality of water clearness, temeprature of water. Safety to drive and other attraction. Which is most recommended?
I would like to get specific recommendations for a good resort to take my family to. We are planning a vacation sometime in February. My husband and I will have a 4 month old and 23 month old by then. We are looking for a warm climate, good swimming pool, and most important--good childcare! We are considering Mexico but open to any other suggestions including Hawaii. Thank you! sadie
Hi - Can anyone recommend (based on recent experience) a nature-
oriented destination for a mom & school-age girl, both of whom
enjoy nature (but not ''extreme sports'' or anything). e.g.,
animals, bugs, plants, birds, more than rock-climbing or steep
hikes. This could be a rental, or a guided-trip, or an all-
inclusive place. Any place where the emphasis is more on the
natural history than on rides/parks/commercial areas. Any and
all ideas welcome! Thank you!
Seeking nature-oriented but comfortable places
I would like some updated recommendations as to where we can take a week long vacation within California. We being myself, husband, two year old son and 10 week old son. We usually whittle away vacation by spending it with relatives - so this will be our first vacation (in a long while) where it will be just the four of us.
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