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Subject: Re: Family vacations? Date: 4/17/2003 3:37 AM
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My daughter is 12

At this age, I'd make *her* think of someplace. Well, I'd guide her if she needed it, but I'd have her think of her favourite books, movies, historical events, things to do in general etc. and then sort out where to go.

Does she like beach holidays or museums and people watching? Does she have a friend that could come along? Do you want to do it on the cheap?

We tend to travel locally on holidays, but since my location is Hong Kong, we go to pretty exciting places - we've been twice to Vitenam, a few times to Thailand, and several to China. At the moment, I wouldn't recommend an Asia trip, but once this SARS nightmare is over, it's an AMAZING place to travel with a child.

The one thing to think of with a child is that you'll have a hard time getting them to act like someone they're not. If they hate the beach, they're not going to like it any more in Thailand than they would in NJ. Likewise, planning too many museums for a kid who likes to run around probably isn't going to be that much fun either.

For East coast holidays, I'd second DC, though it can be terribly hot in the summer. Boston is fantastic as is the coast - Maine, NH, Mass, all gorgeous. What about the south? I've always wanted to have a gander at Charleston or Savannah. For that matter why not take the Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry? That could be interesting and Nova Scotia is beautiful.

For outdoor adventures, I'd watch magazines like "Outside" that tend to run really interesting articles this time of year on places to go and things to do. You could hike a section of the Appalacian (woefully misspelled, I'm sure) trail or learn to kayak? Horseback riding in Wyoming? Have you tried rock climbing (our fave outdoor activity)....the list goes on!

But involve her. She's old enough to do a lot of the planning. The more involved they are, the more they'll enjoy their holidays. And she may surprise you: my 6 year old tolerated an 18 hour train trip through Vietnam without anything to eat but a few sponge cakes (we'd forgotten our supplies in Hanoi and the food on the train was HORRIFYING grilled baby birds etc) and bottled water simply on the basis that he'd agreed to and made the plan with me. A few vague "I'm huuuuungries" at first, but once he understood what was going on, he settled right in and coped. Actually, that was the easy trip. The return took 36 hours due to a train crash down the line. Not a *single* complaint, which was far better than I did!!!


-Esssssssssssssss



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