Show us Your Life - Favorite Vacation Spots

The Show Us Your Life Series from Kelly's Korner is featuring favorite vacation spots today.  I am so jazzed because we are a family who loves to travel.  We like to go lots of different places, see the world, and rarely visit the same place twice.  We have been to Disney...once.  While we enjoyed that experience, there's so much other stuff out there to see and do!
Here we are in Arizona.  My husband and I spent a few days extra after a conference in Phoenix.  That is a part of the country that we rarely get to see.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  We visited the local Native American art museum, went to a Suns game, and took a desert adventure in this amazing ATV.  We also used the city transportation and rode from one end of town to the other.  It was cheap and easy.  We also loved visiting the ASU campus area for lots of cool shops and places to eat.

Four our ten year anniversary we took a European cruise with Royal Caribbean cruise lines.  Our ship left port in Barcelona, travel through the south of France (pictured), and went all the way down to the tip of Italy.  We took shore excursions into France, Monaco, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Naples, and Sicily.  I highly recommend this as a safe way to travel in Europe and to see lots of sights in one trip.

For my 30th birthday, my husband told me he was taking me shopping.  He didn't tell me that he was taking me to the biggest mall in the United States!  We did a long weekend to the Mall of America in Minnesota!  There are lots of cheap flights and the mall is very close to the airport and tons of hotels.  There's so much more than shopping in this mall - including a theme park!  We had a ball!

I attended a Science Conference in New Orleans just last year.  We'd never been to Louisiana and were amazed at how different the climate is in that area.  We stayed right down in the French Quarter and ate biegnettes every night!  I don't recommend this trip for kids - save this one for just you and your spouse!
We do go to the Gulf Shores area just about every year at fall break for a little beach time.  We love the Perdido Key area because it is not commercialized at all.  It's very quiet and laid back.  We get a house in the Purple Parrot village. pack very little, and just chill for the week.  Heaven!  The kids love boogie boarding and the beaches and pools are perfect in October.

Probably our favorite vacation to date is the Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico.  We jumped on a last minute deal through expedia and took a chance on a totally new place.  We were apprehensive to say the least, but it ended up being fabulous.

The chairs in the pool were my absolute favorite thing.  The all inclusive option made this a truly worry free vacation.  Everything we wanted to do was truly included - even food!  We are already thinking about taking a trip back!

As a matter of fact, I just went on a recent quick trip.  Today is my sixteenth wedding anniversary.  My husband booked us a room for a long weekend at the Chattanoogan Hotel.  We are only about an hour and a half away from Chattanooga, but it was still nice to get away without the kids for a couple of nights.  We've had a yummy dinner and a couple's massage .  Woo hoo!  Happy anniversary to my better half.  I love you bunches!

I'm already planning lots of new adventures for our family.  I can't wait to browse through all of the links today and see your fabulous trips!  Now, get out there and see the world.  Enjoy!



Mary De Bastos said…
You're such a traveler! I used to work on board cruise lines and I miss it every day!! That crystal clear water is calling my name.
Sarah said…
Great pictures Brandie, and your family is simply adorable! We LOVE cruises! Hope you'll stop by my blog and check out the Easter link hop coming on the 28th! It's a link party to showcase your Easter Baskets!