Stories of traveling with parents

Vacations with Mom celebrates traveling with our parents. Through the lens of my own adventures, come on a journey. And please contribute stories and tips of your own.

Come on a journey with me. And I invite you to contribute stories of your own.

Saddling Up at 91

What’s it like to ride horses into your 90s? I interviewed my 91-year-old mom to find out.

Product Review – Omnom Chocolate

Every trip mom and I eagerly go on the hunt for gifts to bring home to friends and family. Chocolate is always at the top of my list, and I seek out what’s unique and local. On our recent trip to Iceland, I came across Omnom Chocolate. What immediately attracted me...

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The Tale of Mom’s Ferragamo Shoes

It all started with a pair of Ferragamo shoes. My 80-something mom has a bit of a vain streak and this trip was no exception. She had a beautiful outfit picked out for a family event, but our flight was delayed, and we no longer had time to swing by the hotel first to...

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Q&A – Adam & Family, The Wright Route

Thanks to Adam of The Wright Route for today’s awesome Q&A post. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What’s your name, where are you from, and share a little about your mom or dad.
My name is Adam Wright. I grew up in a few different countries including Brunei, Malaysia and the U.A.E. I am currently based on the Dorset coast of the UK with my wife and travel blogging partner. My parents have been based in Dubai for the past 15 years. My father is an architect and my mother a conceptual artist. They have both always loved to travel and have been to some incredible places all over the world. I don’t think they will ever slow down!

How often do you travel together?
At every opportunity. Living on opposite sides of the world means that the time we have together is precious. We have a yearly trip to join them for two weeks in Dubai every April. It’s usually a more relaxed easy-going affair, catching up with old friends and trying out new places in the ever-growing city. We also try to meet them somewhere else in the world for a bit of an adventure. So far we have explored South Africa and Jordan together, with plans to go to Sri Lanka next year.

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Q&A – Karlie (aka Miss Wanderlust) & Dad

Thanks to Karlie of Miss Wanderlust for today’s fabulous Q&A post. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What’s your name, where are you from, and share a little about your mom or dad.
Buongiorno! My name is Karlie Marrazzo and I am a first-generation Canadian from Edmonton, Alberta. My dad, Carlo, was born in the commune of Piane Crati in the Calabria region of Southern Italy. In 1958, when he was just five years old, he emigrated to Canada with my Nonna, his sister and brother, along with several cousins, aunts and uncles. Over the years he has been a mechanic, a photographer and an educator. My mom was a lab tech in a hospital, but her true calling was writing and anything else artistic. Both of my parents instilled in me a passion to look at the world through a different lens, to observe, create and share.

How often do you travel together?
Not as often as I would like! I am an avid traveler (they call me Miss Wanderlust, after all) and my dad is content to stay in Alberta. He loves camping and I... don't love camping. We took a lot of road trips to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and British Columbia when I was a kid. Prior to our trip to Italy, the last time we traveled together was to the Canmore Folk Festival in 2011!

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Q&A – Shannon & Family, The Wanderlust Effect

Thanks to Shannon of The Wanderlust Effect for today’s memorable Q&A post. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What’s your name, where are you from, and share a little about your mom or dad.
Hi! I'm Shannon and I'm originally from Northern California but currently live on Anguilla in the Caribbean. I come from an international family - my mom was born and raised in Malta and my dad is half Maltese and half El Salvadoran with immigrant parents - so much of those cultural elements were naturally infused into my life. My parents did very little traveling when I was growing up, but my husband and I have shared a lot of our travel passion with them and it's beginning to rub off!

My parents have been divorced for about five years but get along extremely well so we've recently been on some incredible bucket list trips together, and it's definitely ignited their love for travel and their excitement to see more of the world. My grandma, now 91, is still fairly active and mobile and joins us as often as she's able. She spent a week traveling around Guatemala with us this year!

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Q&A – Ashlyn & Mom, Finding the World

Thanks to Ashlyn of The Lost Girl’s Guide to Finding the World for today’s epic Q&A post. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What’s your name, where are you from, and share a little about your mom or dad.
Hi! I’m Ashlyn and I’m from Saskatchewan, Canada. I’m an avid adventure traveller and have been on the road 6 months or more of the year traveling through more than 50 countries since 2010. I’ve made it my full time career and currently freelance to keep me going. My mom, Nola, happens to be my best friend. We spend hours on the phone then hang up to call each other back because we forgot to tell each other just one more thing. She’s my biggest fan and supports me no matter what crazy things I do (like hiking 120 kilometres alone in the backcountry with no cell service in bear territory. She was worried about me but never told me not to do it!)

How often do you travel together?
We travel together as often as possible. Currently we’ve been to six continents and about 15 countries with each other. I’m in the process of convincing her to come to Antarctica with me – but honestly, she doesn’t need convincing, she's in! We’ve even got my dad and one of my brothers in on the idea too.

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