Family Travel Bucket List: Places I would like to show my children

A family travel bucket list:

I initially thought I was going to produce a ridiculously long list with no substance, but when I sat down to start working on it I was surprised to find that I couldn’t just bang out locations. The first one came easy, those places my husband and I grew up enjoying, and so I looked at why: sentiment & history. The children love knowing stuff about mom and dad, they appreciate the stories there. So, then I asked the question of why travel with the children at all? Why do I want to do this? I had 5 main reasons:

  1. Education. Learning about or deepening an understanding about something as well as history & new experiences & new cultures.
  2. Perspective. Grow a vision of the world.
  3. Adventure. Have fun, create memories & stories.
  4. Personal Growth. Develop skills we might not have without travel experience. Travel can help us discover who we are.
  5. Social Skills. Create meaningful relationships amongst our family unit but also with people we meet.

With that in mind my Family Travel Bucket List is as follows:

  1. Some places I enjoyed growing up: Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto Zoo, Niagara Falls, Boldt Castle, Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, & mine and my husband’s hometowns.
  2. Road trips with the trailer to the North West Territories which will have to include a mystifying intake of northern lights. Perhaps a road trip to Alaska starting at mile 0.
  3. As many Canadian Provinces as we can including Canada’s natural wonders like The Hopewell Rocks, Cathedral Grove, Cabot Trail etcetera.
  4. A Scotland, England, & Ireland tour. Perhaps one of those guided tours (try some haggis…)
  5. A tropical island or two & any natural wonders there like Volcanos, Rainforests, coral reefs… I would also like to show them where all the wedding pictures in our house were taken because they often ask.
  6. Grand Canyon. It is one of those natural wonders that I have yet to see myself.

Do you have a travel bucket list? What places are on yours?

By Shari Marshall – 2017

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11 thoughts on “Family Travel Bucket List: Places I would like to show my children

  1. That’s a big bucket you have. Quite a varied list as well.
    Let us know when you are going to do the Cabot Trail. Your Aunt Mag and I now have a 23ft Coachman trailer and would love to tour the east coast

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  2. We are ticking off our bucket list by doing the Big Lap. That is driving all the way around Australia. We are cheating a bit because we have travelled most of the East Coast before and down through the Centre, so we are driving up through the middle of North Queensland and will cut across to the Kimberley, down the Western Australian coast, across the Nullarbor Plain and home. So far we have travelled 2000 kilometres and have seen a lot of big open plains, dead kangaroos (road kill) and very fat crows and eagles. Of course there are interesting things to see along the way but you need to get on well with your partner and have a good supply of music. For us the exciting part will be when we leave Katherine to head to the Kimberley. There we will store our van and take a tent along the unpredictable Gibb River Road. As the cliched saying goes, “we are living the dream”.

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    1. That sounds wonderful. I image there would be some beautiful things to photograph along the way. I love the idea of switching out to tents for a chunk of the trip too. I hope you share some of your adventures. Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Hi Shari, I don’t have a bucket list but my husband and I do like to bring our kids traveling during their school break. I agree with your all your reasons because they are mine too. It truly is a worthwhile investment.
    Great post!
    – Amor

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