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Monday, June 11, 2012

Travel-themed week

Are you going on any summer vacations? Back in January, I did a travel-themed week, and I'd love to do another one this week! First up: When you're traveling with kids, bring along a soccer ball. Our friends, who have two young boys, bought a soccer ball during a trip to London, and they'd take spontaneous breaks from sight-seeing to kick the ball around. They even made friends with local kids. What a great idea!
P.S. 10 tips for traveling with a baby, and travel fantasies.

85 comments:

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

yay! i love travel-themed anything:) can't wait!

xx,
Aja Lake
the gold hat.

Knoopjes said...

Soccer balls are a must for a family with boys! After a couple of years renting homes across France, this year we are going with a caravan! I know the boys love it, but I am still busy saying goodbye to comfort! ;)
xoxox

Trina said...

Yay! I love travel-themed weeks. I still have your guys' Amsterdam trip photos bookmarked as inspiration. Is this a destinations week type of thing, or more of a how-to-travel XYZ series?

Stephanie said...

Going to Turkey in July! I would love tips from any readers who have been... Looking forward to this week's posts!

kate said...

Yes. Travel. I can nearly never say no to travel. I did earlier this year and I've been mostly regretting it ever sense.

My travel plans consist of a trip to Chicago to visit my best friend and a trip to the UP (of Michigan!) for some toolin' around. Copper Harbor, Houghton, waterfalls. Cheboygan will get an annual visit and the rest will be staycations in Bay City.

katherine rose said...

i never really leave commments, and it has nothing to do with this post. but just wanted to say i love your blog and i think you are just lovely. you are so genuine and i can't quite put my finger on the other right word. but thanks for inspiring us all every day with your fun and thoughtful posts and smile.

Samantha said...

That hotel you featured was on Groupon a couple days ago...not sure if it still is! !

Christine @Fancy Function said...

Love it! We're going to Chicago this summer and I'm really looking forward to it!

KristiMcMurry said...

We've already taken a trip for the summer (to Naples) but we'll be going to Disneyworld for our honeymoon in October!!! SO EXCITED!!! Traveling is great (minus the flying)

Cassie said...

Europe with my husband for the WHOLE month of August! Love travel themed!

Suse said...

For families on a budget? Chincoteague Island VA

American Mom in Bordeaux said...

We're traveling to see the inlaws in the French countryside...Soccer ball is such a great idea - as it's a great way to meet others. We always picnic when traveling and have found such great parks & playgrounds!

Elena said...

Great idea - when I was a kid my famil used to drive from Nova Scotia to Ontario ever summer (roughly 2000km) to visit fam, and your post made me recall one summer where my younger sister and I brought soccer ball, and practiced juggling together at every rest stop... I looked forward to this and I am sure the burnt energy was much appreciated by my parents :)

Nesa said...

I'm doing a study abroad session in Salamanca, Spain in July. Needless to say, I'm super excited! :)

Happy Monday!

RosieB said...

I am v lucky this summer, and am off to Crete with my boyfriend and Italy with my Ma! Very exciting, since I didn't get away at all the previous year :)

I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to getting away from sodden England- it's actually flooding here at the moment! Insane!

www.ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.com

AVY said...

I'd like to go visit my friend in Italy, I think I just might do that.


/Avy

http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

Sage Crown Parker said...

since we live in the caribbean we're doing america this year, nj, nyc, a big trip in ca renting a vw bus for a week to see wine country, then spending some time in sf, and of course we have to do the christmas thing with the family in maine!

next year i don't think i will have to go to america, lol!!!

Christine said...

This couldn't come at a more perfect time! I'm off to London, Paris and Rome a week from today with my cousin and I couldn't be more excited!! I know you've been to Paris (not sure about London and Rome) so do you have any tips for must see sights? I'd really appreciate it!

That's Not My Age said...

That is a cool idea, we Brits always like a kick-about. We're going to Cornwall in July but are currently in the middle of a what appears to be a monsoon season, so I'm a bit worried about the weather!

Ashlae said...

My boyfriend and I just got back from Iceland - not your typical summer vacation, but it was.. amazing. For lack of a better word. I just booked a lazy trip for us to St. Louis, where we'll clown around in the City Museum by day and order room service in our pajamas by night. The best part is, he has no idea we're going on a "relaxation" in less than two weeks ;)

Melissa Blake said...

My family used to travel twice a year to visit my grandparents in Southern Alabama, and I always thought of that as my second home. Vacations can be so magical, especially as a child. :)

treasuretromp.com said...

I feel like this is the summer of travel! Can't wait to read all the posts this week

Treasure Tromp

ladiesgofirst said...

What a fantastic idea!! It's good to have something to keep the kiddos occupied ;)

Nurse Frugal
http://ladiesgofirst.wordpress.com

Sandi G said...

Terrific idea. Kind of like the beach ball bouncing around in a waiting crowd or at a concert. Makes it much more fun :)

Sarah said...

yay! this is just what I needed! We leave for China on Thursday and I'm at a total loss!

Sonya said...

Travel week! Woo! Can't wait to read!

Pamela RG said...

Bringing a soccer ball or any games is a great idea for kids.. My brother and sister-in-law always bring the Leap frog Pad. It works wonders especially when the kids are in the restaurant.

emilie said...

that's a fantastic idea for kids!
we're taking an epic trip to asia this summer/fall(no kids to worry about yet). can't wait to hear some other travel tips and stories.

Cayla Skillin-Brauchle said...

Did you see this recent article in the NYT? Lots of cool sites!

http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/travel/six-sites-that-curate-lodging-options-so-you-dont-have-to.html

Lisamarie said...

Hooray for a travel-themed week. I love love love travelling. However, after our wedding and honeymoon earlier this year, I am not sure we will be taking any travelling vacations this summer. Fingers crossed that we will do a local weekend trip, though, which are always fun as well!

The slow pace said...

I'm going to love your blog(even more) this week!!!
:-)

Kate said...

@Stephanie I love Turkey :) I'm lucky enough to have visited twice if you want any tips or recommendations!

This October we're going to San Francisco for a wedding! We're still debating whether we want to drive or fly. I can't wait!

Kendall said...

Excited to see the travel posts! My husband and I are planning a 5 year anniversary trip to Rome this October- we'd love some Italy traveling tips if you have them!

Anonymous said...

hmm. soccer ball actually, sorry, seems like a totally ridiculously to travel with. I'm trying to imagine traveling with my kids and their stuff and then a soccer ball? Maybe I'm not picturing the same kinds of travel. Sure, if you have a minivan to transport all your stuff, sure bring a croquet set while you are at it, but we usually travel with backpacks and as light as possible, so the idea of a shoving a soccer ball in the carry on sort of my nightmare!

Julie

Amy said...

Just a couple simple trips to visit family/go to weddings this summer: Austin and Wisconsin! We're saving up for an exciting trip to NYC this November to run the Marathon. Can't wait - first time to NYC & first marathon!

Jesse said...

i need a vacation so badly. i think i've said this a dozen times this weekend. hopefully we'll get to the beach at least once.

Elena said...

What a great tip. And could work just as easily for adults - who need breaks too!

I wonder what adults could have... Frisbee?

http://www.randomlyhappytoday.blogspot.co.uk

J.Elizabeth said...

Can you feature great places for "off-peak" travel locations. I am planning a trip for my boyfriends birthday to New Orleans the first week in November. Have you been? Any cannot miss sights?

The Intrepid French Learner said...

I'm thrilled with this idea, as I am obsessed with travel, particularly international travel.

This is actually timely as I have just started a new blog which was originally intended to chronicle my self-study of French, but which I expect to broaden out to include travel issues, photography, etc.. (I hate to blatantly "sell" my blog here, but this is actually relevant.)

My very first post from two days ago includes a rather extensive description of the approach my husband and I take to "living like a semi-local" while travelling abroad. We love to do that because it both saves us money and gets us out of the tourist areas.

http://theintrepidfrenchlearner.blogspot.com

Sara said...

We are booked for a week at the base of a rainforest in Puerto Rico this summer!
Last year my 8 year old brought his heeleys (shoes with a heel wheel) and wheeled his way along side Seine and the Bosphorus Strait.

@ Stephanie, re: Turkey. We have been many times...
http://sara-another100yearoldhousereno.blogspot.com/search/label/Turkey
If you have any questions I may be able to recommend a must do tour or something.

Caitlin said...

Yes, my cousin (best friend) and I are heading to Boston from Winnipeg, MB, Canada, for the coldplay concert! We also hope to include lots of walking, a couple shows, nice dinners, good wine, and shopping. If anyone has any tips on some things to do on a budget that'd be spectacular!

Michele said...

Great tip! With little ones, pack a beach ball instead of a soccer ball. It's easier to pack (deflated) and makes a great toy in the hotel as well as outside at the park.

Michele said...

Great tip! With little ones pack a beach ball and balloons. They're easier to pack (deflated) and make great toys for inside the hotel and outside at the park. (Toddlers and preschoolers love playing with balloons filled with water. No need then to pack bath toys.)

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

Just got finished with a quick beach trip to the South Carolina coast, but it was too fast. My boys definitely found friends to play in the sand with on the beach- it was too cute.

Anonymous said...

In college I went back-packing around Europe with friends and we always brought a soccer ball with us. You never know when your bus will be late. Also, you can only do so many museums before you need fresh air and exercise. So it's a good idea for grown-ups too! Frisbees are good too.

Penny Dreadful Vintage said...

What a great pic of Jackie. My number one tip is boring, but essential. EAR PLUGS ;)

Penny Dreadful Vintage

Stefania said...

We have been to Chicago and Colombia recently with babies and both were successful. Biggest tip is not to overplan.

On another note, I was wonddering if I could advertise on your blog and what your rates are? I emailed you but maybe the email got lost. :)

*** KITSCH *** said...

I am lookin forward to my vacation, with my two boys, i must carry some little cars...
We are going to the beach, to an amazing place in Menorca, Cala Galdana, white sand and clear water!

http://mykitschworld.blogspot.com.es

Natalie said...

Yay! What a timely post! Traveling to Venice in a few weeks. And we've had soccer/football fever over here for the past few days with the Euro Cup!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Or even a beach ball bc they fold up. :)

Victoria said...

Florida gulf coast to a favourite beach house and Oregon coast camping! A ball is always with us, and always a pot or two of play dough, pens, paper, Bring on the summer.

Jimmy said...

We're driving from DC to western Minnesota (Ottertail Lake to see family, as we do every year). We'll be doing this with a toddler and our soon-to-arrive newborn baby, who should be a few weeks old when we hit the road. This might be the most drunk-sounding idea of all time, but it just goes to show you how desperately we need a vacation, and how much we love the destination.

I wouldn't make this effort to go anywhere else in the world.

JacPfef said...

I've been traveling so much that being home feels like a vacation!

When I travel, I like to find a cute cafe or park and stretch out with a good book. Even if it's for twenty minutes between sightseeing, it always makes me feel less like a tourist and more like a local.

kLr said...

I've been looking at luggage a good bit today!

Hoping to make it to the beach, but will have to wait and see how the summer pans out.

But, I would love to read some travel blogs!

mylifetintedpink.blogspot.com

Joanna Goddard said...

j. elizabeth, new orleans sounds amazing!! i've never been but i'll let you know if i hear anything insider-y :)

Joanna Goddard said...

bring earplugs -- smart tip, penny! :) thanks for these comments:)

Haley said...

I'm going to Switzerland in July to perform in a flute masterclass with Sir James Galway. So excited! If anyone's been to Switzerland, I'd love some info on where to go/what to do :)

Colette said...

I'm off to Hawaii soon so I'm looking forward to some expert advice. And about the soccer ball tip-so true! It saved my little brothers (age 6 & 8 at the time) from many museum induced temper tantrums when we visited Paris!

Mortgage Broker Rockingham  said...

Soccer is a must if you have kids especially boys. This will really help to avoid tantrums during the trip. Have fun in your vacation.

Hena Tayeb said...

We just got back from a road trip.. Baltimore, DC and a few places in Virginia before hitting Ocean City, NJ and then back home. We always have a few little cars for our almost two year old and recently bought a table mat with non toxic markers that is wipeable. This way he is occupied in a restaurant and can eat off the mat too.. plus there are a lot of places who don't have crayons for kids.

Sarah said...

Joanna, this is unrelated to this post (oops!), but did you see the article in the NYT magazine this weekend on French woman and dieting? It mentions Bringing Up Bebe and French Kids Eat Everything...

Anonymous said...

I will leave for Aruba next Friday the 15th with my mother, for ten days. This is a big trip for both of us, since two years ago in June of 2010 we were involved in car accident that almost killed us. So this is a celebration!!!! We are so happy!

glimmersnaps said...

Everyone's travel plans sound so great! I'll be headed to Austin, TX to help my sister in-law with a brand new baby girl. Not exactly backpacking the Mexican ruins, but it should be unforgettable all the same.

Anonymous said...

Panama seems to be a big destination lately, even the NYTimes mentioned it not too long ago. Costa Rica and Puerto Rico are my second and third right after France! Will visit my sister in Italy in December during College break, I am traveling on a very tiny tight budget so I appreciated any Italy trip advice you guys came share.
See ya...
Lily.

Anonymous said...

Another, more packable, version of a soccer ball is a frisbee. I took one to India and it was great! Along with a tennis ball - met plenty of new friends.

Abby said...

I'm heading down to New Smyrna beach and Orlando with my friends and family for a relaxing (and busy) vacation to the beach and theme parks! Should be interesting and fun to see how the Harry Potter park turned out!

The Bebebirds said...

I'm traveling right now! I'm currently visiting Dallas, TX and next we're off to Pennsylvania then Tennessee! Gotta love summer :)

Brooke

Kate said...

Oh, can't wait! I love travelling!

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

Alice said...

Travel week before I go on holiday? This is perfect Jo, great timing! :)

Melissa said...

We took a $3 "poof" ball from walmart on a recent trip to the zoo and it made a great break for our 2 year old daughter to run and play after riding around in her stroller for awhile. Another toddler joined in, which made it even more fun! She remembered it the next day, too, so you know it was a win :)

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Amielle said...

Travel themed posts are definitely my favourite! I can't wait.

That makes sense. Soccer/football is the 'world's beautiful sport' and wonderfully popular in basically every continent...except North America.

Melinda said...

going camping in Prague and visiting Dresden for the day! :)

CamMi Pham said...

That is a beautiful photo of jackie
I wish i can travel this summer sadly it wont happen
x
cammi
http://www.cammilicious.com

Sammi said...

ironically i missed this week blogging, and am just catching up now due to having been on vacation :)

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Julia Ionov said...

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