Journeys of The Zoo's "I Am Canadian" Feature for February is Gone With The Family. Quite a fitting feature considering we are currently spending our winter in Chiapas, Mexico.
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My name is Lisa and I'm a Canadian mom of two girls. I'm on a mission to show them the world - one trip at a time! Our daughters are now 16 and 9 years old and we have been traveling with them since the older one was just a few weeks old. Road trips, cruises, transatlantic flights - you name it and we've done it - sometimes with more success than others but it's always an adventure.
My goal is to inspire parents to explore with their children even if it's just their own little corner of the world for the time being.
In Mykonos with my daughters.
On our website you will find stories and photos from our trips, hotel reviews, travel tips, and book reviews. I also have a Facebook page with an active community that loves to talk about anything travel related and we would love to have you join us.
There are lots of blogs out there by nomadic families that are slowly traveling around the world. As much as I love to read them and daydream about a life of constant travel it's simply not possible for my family to adopt that lifestyle. My husband's career and my daughters' schooling and activities keep us attached to our home near Toronto.
We travel whenever we get the opportunity though - Christmas vacation, spring break, summer holidays and any weekend trips that we can fit in. In short, we travel like the vast majority of families - when the kids are out of school.
Admittedly, travel with kids can be hard - so why do it? It's quite simple really - traveling teaches kids to be curious about the world, to be flexibile and resilient, to be accepting of different people/cultures, and, most importantly, to understand that the world is an amazing place that is their's to explore. I want my girls to believe that they can go anywhere and do anything and travel gives them that.
We have traveled in Canada, the U.S.A, the Caribbean, and Europe and we have sailed on cruises, played at Disney and other theme parks and had fun exploring local attractions as well. We have traveled more than I ever imagined that we would be able to but I still have a long list of destinations that I want to visit and experiences that I want to have. My favourite travel quotation is St. Augustine's "the world is a book and those that do not travel read only a page" and I intend to read as many pages as possible for as long as I am able.
Dancing at Catherine's Palace in Russia.
Where will you Travel next?
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|FROM THE ARCHIVES|
|January 2013||Treasures from the Ark|
|November 2012||Life After My Kids|
|September 2012||Current Works of Glass|