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State Trip Mission Begins

We have decided to visit every state as a family and learn all we can about this great country!

The decision was made one day when we were discussing my mother-in-law’s childhood.  She grew up on a farm in Ireland and her father was the town butcher.  At the time of this discussion, the farm was still run by my husband’s Uncle.  So we started to think, how cool would that be to show our kids Ireland and explore the farm life?!?  The conversation quickly ended when  we saw the price for a family of 5 to fly to Ireland.  Yikes! However, another conversation started…why don’t we tour America and share that with our kids?  It immediately put me on a mission…we need to visit every state in the US.

Please check this section each Wednesday, as I will detail our travels from state to state.

 

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4 Comments

  • Donna Engel March 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I’m soooo going to look forward to this! I hope you and the family make it out to the beautiful, sunny state of California!

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    • Vesta March 21, 2013 at 8:07 am

      California is definitely on the list! However, my oldest son has been fighting a case of air sickness that we are hoping he grows out of. So it may be a few years before we tackle this one.

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  • JenM April 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    We have talked about doing this as well. I haven’t even looked into it yet but I would love your advice.

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    • Vesta April 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      I love this question! First, let me say that I have been to Disney numerous times in the past years and while we have enjoyed each and every trip, I have never had as much fun as I have had on these state trips!

      Here’s some advice to get started:

      Start close, pick a state nearby. Plan a trip around a long weekend or we like to make our summer vacation a week in another state.

      Limit the time you are in the car. I try not to spend more than 4 hours in the car per ride. So I will plan out stops for food or activities/sites on the way. The ride is half the fun.

      Planning is key. You need to do the research. I figure out the top sites we want to see and then try to rent a house (usually cheaper and more space than hotels) in a central location. This way we can sleep in the same place each night but take a road trip each day to do something different and cover the most ground.

      Keep snacks, drinks and car activities in good supply.

      Try to get the kids to keep a journal. These are good for when you have down time. Hearing what the kids wrote or the way they saw things as opposed to what actually happened, is hysterical!!

      Really the key is, that it is your trip so you get to tailor it to your families’ interests. I hope you give it a try!

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