What motivates you to travel?
For the past few years, Eric and I have traveled mostly as a couple. We sold just about everything we owned, moved to Thailand, explored Southeast Asia together, moved back to the U.S. and have been making trips ever since. Our love for travel, though, began way before we met. For each of us, family trips were an important part of our childhood and a way to connect with immediate and extended family members.
When my cousins and I were all young, we would meet up a few times a year. At our grandparent’s house in Hilton Head, South Carolina, at our house in Virginia, or sometimes at a further, more adventurous destination. I was fortunate to take family trips to Colorado, Montana and even the Bahamas. For my grandparent’s 40th wedding anniversary, we rented a house on a tiny island in the Bahamas and had a tropical Christmas in a house on a cliff stuffed with 14 people. Last year we stuffed those same 14 people and a few new additions into a beach house in Charleston, South Carolina.
While routines have changed, alcohol, spouses and friends have been added to the mix, and perhaps there are fewer cheerios, these trips remain essentially the same. We’ve replaced drizzle castles with sunbathing with a book, but we still make fluffernutter sandwiches and occasionally watch James Bond. Most importantly, everyone makes an effort to set aside this time to just be together. These trips are always a treat because what vacation isn’t? But, moreso because they are a chance for the family to connect and spend some uninterrupted time together despite living around the country and having busy lives. We tend to think of travel as a way to experience new things and broaden our horizons, but it is also a way to connect with loved ones and spend some quality time without distractions of work or other responsibilities.
While my family tended to end up at coastal destinations, Eric grew up surrounded by snow-covered mountains and ski-enthusiasts. His family would frequently escape to Breckenridge Resort in Colorado to spend quality time together and relax in the natural beauty of the area. Breckenridge offers an environment to escape from the busy hustle and bustle of daily life and create lasting memories with the ones that you love. This uninterrupted family time allowed his family to connect while enjoying skiing and fun-filled activities that they would remember fondly for years. What better way to bond than by mastering an extreme sport together!
Whether you take a trip for a day, a weekend or a week, vacation with family builds lasting memories and could infect your kids with a love of travel. What motivates you to travel? For us, connecting with others is always at top of mind, but especially when we get the chance to spend time with family.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vail Resorts. The opinions and text are all mine.