I was just reading the Disney thread and got to thinking about this. Disney has never been our thing, (although we went to the Florida one for part of a terrible day, and when we lived in California, we went three times to our much-preferred Disneyland.) But, theme parks are just not our preferred type of trip. My best friend thinks I'm nuts, as she and her husband and their two kids do a week long Disney trip every year, and they have a marvelous time! I have been wondering if I should give it another try. We also avoid water parks, as they are my son's idea of hell on earth.
When I was married, when we had vaca time and money, we mostly traveled to see historical sites and/or natural wonders. (We incorporated many of these trips with family visits nearby.) We also love visiting big cities. We have done New York and Washington, DC several times. New Orleans was local to us for many years, and that remains my personal favorite, along with Bar Harbor, ME.
Our Big Adventure is coming up in about a year and a half, as I am taking my son to Europe for his HS graduation. He's an historian and wants to see all the places he's studied, and I want to see it for *my* first time through his eyes. I have been planning and saving for this since he was in fifth grade and I realized he was serious about studying history as his passion and life's work. I have been seeking out ways to travel on the cheaper side, (with a few indulgences/treats along the way.)
I have also never been on a cruise, but my parents have done both an Alaska cruise and a Hawaii one, and are planning a Mediterranean cruise for when Son and I are in Europe; we are going to be able to meet up in Spain.
So, fellow ehellions, what do you, or you and your family, like to do? Any good recommendations? We have not gone anywhere, really, in a few years, as I have been saving for this European trip, but my parents spoil my kid rotten, and he got to drive cross country to the Pacific NW with them two summers ago. (Portland is now his favorite city! Nothing compares to Portland! he is going to live in Portland! Portland is the center of the universe!)