Looking forward – what’s up next?
Last week, we wrote a post that looked back on 2013 and reflected on the year that was. It was a big year for us, highlighted by the birth of Baby Connor in early October.
This week, we’d like to share some of our future travel plans and what we’re looking forward to in the first few months of 2014.
Not surprising, our travel style has changed quite a bit since we’ve become a family of four. As much as we’d love to be beach bumming in Bali or photographing wildlife in East Africa, most of our 2014 travels will be within the borders of North America.
Because we are now traveling with an infant and active toddler, we’ve chosen destinations that don’t require significant travel time or drastic time zone changes. Europe and Asia will just have to wait a little bit longer.
First up, we’ve been invited by the lovely folks at Tourism BC to visit Sun Peaks Resort, a family friendly ski resort located about 50 km northeast of Kamloops in central British Columbia.
Aside from an extra long weekend in Whistler last month, this will be our first real trip together as a family of four – and there’s nothing quite like a road trip! We love snowy vacations and are looking forward to experiencing Sun Peaks in the winter. We’ve even purchased a bright red snow sled to take Braydon down the hill and through the village.
It goes without saying that we’re super excited about the opportunity to snowboard the resort’s 3,600 acres of terrain, which is the second largest ski area in British Columbia and the third largest in Canada.
Beyond hitting the slopes and soaking in the hot tub at the Coast Sundance Lodge, we’re looking forward to discovering the family friendly side of Sun Peaks. We will be doing some fun activities like tubing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides around the village.
You can follow our Sun Peaks adventure on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #skiBC.
In mid-February we’re taking Baby Connor on his very first flight to Sunny Arizona. Although we love playing in the mountains during the winter, we have no problem trading the miserable Vancouver rain for some hot desert sunshine.
We’ve been invited by Tempe Tourism to join a family media FAM tour that showcases the best of Tempe and Chandler, Arizona. Since becoming parents, we’ve had to turn down dozens of offers to join press trips and FAM tours because it’s not ideal to bring infants and toddlers.
But this FAM tour is different from previous ones. We will be joining a group of traveling families that will also be bringing their little ones along for the ride.
The itinerary is filled with family fun, including visits to the SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium and Phoenix Zoo, and it’s designed with families in mind (ie. hotel breaks for naps and a slower pace).
After Arizona we head further west to Palm Springs, California.
This will be our second time to Palm Springs in as many years. It was actually the first place we took Braydon when he was 3 months old, so it’s starting to become a family tradition (read about that trip here).
We don’t have a lot planned for this two week trip, aside from lots of time lounging by the pool and checking out some new restaurants along the main strip. We will be spending time with family and catching up on some well needed rest.
Of course, Braydon likely won’t let us relax for too long before he wants to get out and explore. We’ve visited many of the attractions in Palm Springs before but it’s always fun introducing Braydon to new places. We think he’s going to love the zoo and botanical gardens.
We return to the southwest in early April when we hit up Las Vegas!
It seems like a lifetime ago since our last visit to Sin City, and believe me, this trip is going to be quite a bit different than previous ones. Read = babies and late night clubbing don’t mix.
The main purpose of this trip is attend a friend’s wedding, but it’s also Nicole’s birthday so we’ve got plenty of reasons to celebrate. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Expedia.ca and will be staying at the impressive Mirage Resort and Casino.
Aside from a little gambling and afternoon cocktails by the pool, we plan to explore the family friendly side of Las Vegas. On previous trips we’ve only stayed on the main strip, so we intend to correct that and visit some of the lesser known spots in this dizzying city.
That brings us up to April. We’ve got a few big trips in the works, including one that will hopefully take us back to Central America in May and June. In late June, we have been invited by Tourism Alberta to explore the beautiful Canadian province, including stops in Jasper, Banff and Calgary.
It’s shaping up to be a kick ass first half of 2014, one that will surely keep us busy. We hope you’ll come along for the ride!
If you’ve visited any of these locations we’d love to hear your tips, advice and recommendations. Leave a comment below, we’re always looking for fun stuff to see and do.
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