Did you know that vacationing or “traveling” for Americans is lower than it has been in 40 years? This struck me as extremely saddening as I grew up traveling to many different parts of the country to visit relatives, vacation at lakes, and just enjoy a few weeks per year in another location where the every day cares were far away. Thinking back on my years growing up, it was the traveling that I really remember the most because it was something that was out of the norm and we created memories as a family.
Fast forward to today and I sit in my office thinking about the distant memories of childhood traveling and what I was going to give to my children as a travel legacy. Mexico? Europe / Ireland? Other states in the US? Every parent wants to be the very best parent and this to me means more than a yearly visit to Disnyland.
Where do We Americans Travel? Cuba
Travel and tourism research manager at Euromonitor International, Michelle Grant, says that most Americans who travel internationally go to Mexico (first place) then Canada. I can say with a great deal of conviction that traveling to Mexico is probably my favorite for many reasons, including the fact that I honeymooned there. But I would like to bring the family to Euorpe, particularly Italy and Ireland. The kids are half Mexican and half Irish / Italian / German mix. So connecting with their roots in a esoteric sense would be great for them and surely create a good memory. But with the eased restrictions on travel to Cuba, it is going to be very exciting to see what people fancy when visiting there. As a matter of fact, this year, Cuba is expected to top Paris for a destination among American travelers.
With this said, do you ever plan on visiting Cuba? What are your favorite destination memories from when you were a child?