Discovering Washington

My husband and I love to travel. Or, rather, we would love to travel.

At this point in our lives, we’re on a pretty tight budget, so plane tickets, hotel, activities, etc…, for four, just aren’t feasible.

So the only place we go every year is Lake Chelan with my family.

The other day I started thinking, why do we have to go far for a fun family adventure? Don’t misunderstand, we do fun things with our kids, we just stay really close to home.

Everything is new to them so it won’t matter if we take them to Mexico, or an hour away to something they’ve never done.

Play matters fun outside

We have so many cool places to visit that are close by. The kids are old enough now so we can go on fun day trips. Or we could even stay away for a night or two, and no doubt we would have a great time!

This summer, instead of Lake Chelan, we’re going to the San Juan Island’s. We won’t have to drive too far and once we get there, the kids will get to experience a whole new world.

It will be a fairly inexpensive trip too, so why not take a trip to the ocean as well? Neither of them have seen the crashing waves of the Pacific. They’ve spent plenty of time at the beach on the Puget Sound, but never at a sandy beach (unless you count the four feet of sand at Chelan).

So my hope is, starting in the Spring, (because traveling in Washington State other than Spring and Summer, bites), we’ll start taking more trips around our area as a family. I will keep track of our adventures in a series called “Discovering Washington.” (Surprise!)

Discovering Washington Ronan at the park

We will help the kids get to know our state and even Oregon. I’m also not opposed to planning a trip to Canada. It’s close enough!!

What types of vacations do you go on with your family? Do you save up for big trips every year, or do you stay close to home?

27 thoughts on “Discovering Washington

  1. Life Breath Present says:

    So far, we generally stay pretty close to home. We do try to make a few trips out of state to see family each a year. In fact, we should start planning to make one of those trips in the next couple of months.

    As Baby Boy gets older we have ideas of things we want to do like maybe this year we’ll take him to the zoo about an hour away! 🙂

    • mamabyfire says:

      We have family in Iowa. I think we’ll wait until they’re a little older to go out there. One day though…

      The zoo is always fun! It’s a good first adventure place! It’s so fun as the kids get older so you can do more with them!

      • Life Breath Present says:

        Yes! I’m glad Baby Boy is getting old enough to start doing more with us.

        Zoos are so much fun because there’s so much learning and awe involved! 🙂

  2. Naomi says:

    We don’t really do vacation and traveling. There are lots of playground and kid-friendly places (zoo, aquarium, children’s museum) that we do instead.

  3. Christine says:

    i said the same thing to my hubby last year! Traveling far distances with a little one completely stressed me out (we did PA to FL on a plane) and we are lucky to have a lot of great things nearby that don’t cost a fortune. We did a weekend trip to Lake Erie and took our bikes and did a day of biking along Presque Isle! Free free free!!!

  4. TwoPlusCute says:

    We explore the surrounding area so far but, I do plan to make trips abroad with my baby. Hopefully to Greece this year and when she gets older (so she can retain memories) to other countries as well.
    Canada is a feasible idea. Europe is far but attainable, using Greece as our base we can jump to Italy, England (museums), France, Egypt (pyramids!), Morocco, even minor Asia countries in an hour or two. We can do country hoping as weekend travels. Btw, London has the most amazing museum of natural history, I can’t wait for her to be old enough so we visit it.
    I really like your idea of making even short journeys an adventure. It is the *right* approach and I will shamelessly copy you. 🙂

    • mamabyfire says:

      We’ll plan trips abroad when the kids are much older. I want them to retain the memories too and not just be a stressful trip with two young kids for my husband and me to remember. All the places you mentioned would be so amazing to visit one day with my family. Our first plane trips will most likely be in the states, to Disneyland or somewhere similar, or even to Iowa to visit family. Abroad will be when they’re a bit older and are (hopefully) a bit less “maintenance.” 😆 For now, close by has been a lot of fun (even just this week we’ve had a blast!)

  5. Melissa (Wading Through Motherhood) says:

    My kids are happy when I take them to the splash pad 10 minutes from our house. There are so many cool places along the CA I would like to take the kids. We haven’t been anywhere on a plane with the kids or long trips because it’s too expensive. I would like to get up to the Portland area one of these days.

    • mamabyfire says:

      Oh, yeah! I need to find a splash pad in our new area! They are the best! If you ever make it to Portland, let me know! Who knows! We may be there too! There are a lot of fun things I want to do there.

  6. The Trophy WifeStyle says:

    Ahhhhhh with my princess now being over 2, no more free lap baby on the plane 😦 it’s a tad bit more difficult to travel whenever I want. That extra seat on the plane breaks trips constantly due to the ridiculous airline prices. So we mainly do weekend driving trips…. And twice a year will fly somewhere, but one of those trips is always to go see y parents in TX.

    • mamabyfire says:

      Plane tickets are so pricey! I didn’t know they were only free until 2-crazy! We’ll take the plunge one day and fly with them…but probably not until they’re way older.

  7. andthreetogo says:

    I think that one of the best ways to travel with toddlers is close to home! There are so many places near my hometown in California that I have never taken the time to see. If we end up moving back at any point I will have lots planned for us to see for sure! Can’t wait to read about your trips!

  8. Jess says:

    We stay close to home right now as well. Our kids are young and the idea of traveling by plane with them frightens me a little. Looking forward to your Discovering Washington series… I love learning about new places!

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