From Sin City to the Serengeti — The Travels of Casey E. Palmer

Many parents want to give their kids the same thing—more than they ever had. But we’re doing it wrong. We’re raising a generation with more stuff than ever—more gadgets, more gizmos, more toys… all these things they likely won’t remember when they look back at things down the road.

What they will remember are their experiences.

When I started travelling on my own in my twenties, it only grew more addictive the more I did it. Backpacking through some of Western Europe made way for adventures like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or bonding in Vegas and New Orleans with peers I knew from the internet. It had me challenge my norms and understand the world is so much bigger than what’s in my backyard—I hope to have the opportunity to show my sons that the world is more than a series of headlines.

But perhaps not yet.

Casey Palmer, A Dad Abroad.

Casey Palmer and Son in Varadero, Cuba on the Beach Chilling

I don’t know how peops like Natalie Preddie, Solmaz or Sarah Pittard do it as often as they do. The last major trip we took with our boys was semi-disastrous, testing our limits with altitudinal effects, intense heat and a mighty wallop of Montezuma’s Revenge thrown into the mix. And they were no travelling novices—in contrast to me, who didn’t take his first flight ’til 14, they’ve been to Calgary. Chicago. Cuba and more in the mere five years I’ve been a Dad. But travel bloggers like these show me it’s at least possible, and that we shouldn’t let a few challenging experiences keep us from exploring the world.

Here’s a list of my travels from well before kids and beyond—I hope it inspires you to make some travels of your own!

From Sin City to the Serengeti — The Travels of Casey E. Palmer


2005

Backpacking in Europe London, England
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paris, France
Barcelona, Spain
Madrid, Spain

2006

Visiting friends in California Sea World, San Diego, CA
Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Weekend Trip to Montreal Montreal, QC

2007

Road Trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park Sandusky, OH
Boys’ Trip to the Falls! Niagara Falls, ON
Intern Trip to the Cottage Kawartha Lakes, ON
Cross-border Shopping Trip Buffalo, NY

2008

Las Vegas Trip Caesar’s Palace
Las Vegas, NV
Grand Canyon, AZ
Trip to the de Bruyn Family Cottage Bouchette, QC
Intern Trip to the Cottage Kawartha Lakes, ON
Wedding Trip! Montreal, QC
Brother-in-law’s Wedding! Windsor, ON
Walmer Road Baptist Church Fall Retreat Ontario Pioneer Camp, Port Sydney, ON

2009

Vacation to the Bahamas The RIU Paradise Island
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Pastor’s Family Cottage Lake of the Three Brothers, ON
Walmer Road Baptist Church Fall Retreat Ontario Pioneer Camp, Port Sydney, ON

2010

Boys’ Trip to Surprise a Friend Green Bay, WI
Chicago, IL
Team Building Snowshoeing Collingwood, ON
Friend’s Bachelor Party Algonquin Park, ON
Dodgeball Cottage Weekend Orillia, ON
Camping @ Turkey Point Provincial Park Turkey Point, ON
Engagement Trip! New York City, NY
de Bruyn Family Reunion Bouchette, QC
Visiting Sarah’s Cousin Ottawa, ON

2011

Casey’s Bachelor Party! Montreal, QC
Honeymoon Paris, France
Rome, Italy
Honeymoon Cruise Messina, Sicily
Chania (Sorda), Crete
Piraeus/Athens, Greece
Kusadasi/Ephesus, Turkey
de Bruyn Family Camping @ Earl Rowe Provincial Park Alliston, ON
de Bruyn Family Cottage Bouchette, QC
Weekend Trip to Boston! Boston, MA
2012 African Adventure Zanzibar, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro
Safari
de Bruyn Family Wedding Montreal, QC
Walmer Road Baptist Church Fall Retreat Camp Kwasind, Muskoka Lakes, ON
Royal Caribbean — Caribbean Cruise Falmouth, Jamaica
Cozumel, Mexico
Labadee, Haiti

2013

Vegas Trip from PartyPeopleTO! The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
The Last Bloggers in Sin City Las Vegas, NV
Viamede Resort Woodview, ON
Team Trolling Does Buffalo Buffalo, NY

2014

The 2014 North American International Auto Show courtesy of Ford Detroit, MI
de Bruyn Family Reunion Ottawa, ON
Montreal, QC
Baby’s First Flight Chicago, IL
de Bruyn Cottage Weekend Arran Lake, ON
The Palmers Do Niagara Niagara Falls, ON
Team Trolling Does America (The REMIX!!!) Buffalo, NY

2015

de Bruyn Family Trip Varadero, Cuba
Havana, Cuba
Swiffer Dads Event New York City, NY
Visiting the West Coast de Bruyns! Canmore, AB
Calgary, AB
Camping @ Sandbanks Provincial Park Picton, ON
Brother’s Bachelor Party Niagara Falls, ON
Swiffer Fanatics Immersion Campaign Trip Procter & Gamble Global Headquarters, Cincinnati, OH

2016

Sister-in-Law’s Wedding Mexico City, Mexico
Hotel Hacienda Vista Hermosa, Tequesquitengo, Mexico
de Bruyn Birthday Party Montreal, QC
Camp Koinonia Family Camp Seguin, ON

2017

Ford Muskoka SUV Trip Bala, ON
Sherkston Shores Family Resort Sherkston, ON
Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions’ League Under-13 Tournament Toluca, Mexico
Weekend Getaway Blue Mountain, ON
Camping @ Awenda Provincial Park Tiny, ON

2018

Dad 2.0 Summit 2018 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Parenting 101 Kelowna, BC
Cottaging Algonquin Provincial Park
Huntsville, ON
Bracebridge, ON
Interior Camping @ Algonquin Provincial Park Lake Opeongo
Camping @ Port Burwell Provincial Park Port Burwell, ON

2019

Friend’s Wedding The Elora Mill Inn, Elora, ON
#TogetherFeoever – Destination Wedding
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cenotes Casa Tortuga
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
#PalmersGoMaritime Moncton, NB
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia

2020

Dad 2.0 Summit 2020 Washington, DC
Camping @ Arrowhead Provincial Park Huntsville, ON
Cottaging Norland, ON
Camping @ Pinery Provincial Park Lambton Shores, ON
Cottaging Kingston, ON

 

2 replies on “From Sin City to the Serengeti — The Travels of Casey E. Palmer”

And as far as misadventures in travelling with kids, I have plenty of those too. My favourite was being hauled into secondary screening at USA customs because I couldn’t control a toddler and her father was running circles with her and wouldn’t obey the customs officer, missing our flight to Orlando, having to rebook on another (couple) airlines to go that night, arriving at 2:00am and then us all getting ear infections prior to a cruise. Travel on my friend!

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