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Last updated on February 7th, 2024 at 09:28 pm


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 alone 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.

I don’t know how friends like Natalie Preddie or Solmaz 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


YearDestinationLocation

1991

Family Trip to North and South CarolinaRaleigh, North Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

1998

Family Trip to JamaicaJamaica

2001

Breakaway Tours TripMontreal, QC

2002

Breakaway Tours TripMontreal, QC

2003

Trip to visit a friendSarnia, ON

2005

Backpacking in EuropeLondon, England
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paris, France
Barcelona, Spain
Madrid, Spain

2006

Visiting friends in CaliforniaSea World, San Diego, CA
Disneyland, Anaheim, CA
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Weekend Trip to MontrealMontreal, QC

2007

Road Trip to Cedar Point Amusement ParkSandusky, OH
Boys’ Trip to the Falls!Niagara Falls, ON
Intern Trip to the CottageKawartha Lakes, ON
Cross-border Shopping TripBuffalo, NY

2008

Las Vegas TripCaesar’s Palace
Las Vegas, NV
Grand Canyon, AZ
Trip to the de Bruyn Family CottageBouchette, QC
Intern Trip to the CottageKawartha Lakes, ON
Wedding Trip!Montreal, QC
Brother-in-law’s Wedding!Windsor, ON
Walmer Road Baptist Church Fall RetreatOntario Pioneer Camp, Port Sydney, ON

2009

Vacation to the BahamasThe RIU Paradise Island
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Pastor’s Family CottageLake of the Three Brothers, ON
Walmer Road Baptist Church Fall RetreatOntario Pioneer Camp, Port Sydney, ON

2010

Boys’ Trip to Surprise a FriendGreen Bay, WI
Chicago, IL
Team Building SnowshoeingCollingwood, ON
Friend’s Bachelor PartyAlgonquin Park, ON
Dodgeball Cottage WeekendOrillia, ON
Camping @ Turkey Point Provincial ParkTurkey Point, ON
Engagement Trip!New York City, NY
de Bruyn Family ReunionBouchette, QC
Visiting Sarah’s CousinOttawa, ON

2011

Casey’s Bachelor Party!Montreal, QC
HoneymoonParis, France
Rome, Italy
Honeymoon CruiseMessina, Sicily
Chania (Sorda), Crete
Piraeus/Athens, Greece
Kusadasi/Ephesus, Turkey
de Bruyn Family Camping @ Earl Rowe Provincial ParkAlliston, ON
de Bruyn Family CottageBouchette, QC
BBQ Get TogetherMontreal, QC
Weekend Trip to Boston!Boston, MA

2012

 

African AdventureZanzibar, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro
Safari
de Bruyn Family WeddingMontreal, QC
Walmer Road Baptist Church Fall RetreatCamp Kwasind, Muskoka Lakes, ON
Royal Caribbean—Caribbean CruiseFalmouth, Jamaica
Cozumel, Mexico
Labadee, Haiti

2013

Vegas Trip from PartyPeopleTO!The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
The Last Bloggers in Sin CityLas Vegas, NV
Viamede ResortWoodview, ON
Team Trolling Does BuffaloBuffalo, NY

2014

The 2014 North American International Auto Show courtesy of FordDetroit, MI
de Bruyn Family ReunionOttawa, ON
Montreal, QC
Baby’s First FlightChicago, IL
de Bruyn Cottage WeekendArran Lake, ON
The Palmers Do NiagaraNiagara Falls, ON
Team Trolling Does America (The REMIX!!!)Buffalo, NY

2015

de Bruyn Family TripVaradero, Cuba
Havana, Cuba
Swiffer Dads EventNew York City, NY
Visiting the West Coast de Bruyns!Canmore, AB
Calgary, AB
Camping @ Sandbanks Provincial ParkPicton, ON
Brother’s Bachelor PartyNiagara Falls, ON
Swiffer Fanatics Immersion Campaign TripProcter & Gamble Global Headquarters, Cincinnati, OH

2016

Sister-in-Law’s WeddingMexico City, Mexico
Hotel Hacienda Vista Hermosa, Tequesquitengo, Mexico
de Bruyn Birthday PartyMontreal, QC
Camp Koinonia Family CampSeguin, ON

2017

Ford Muskoka SUV TripBala, ON
Sherkston Shores Family ResortSherkston, ON
Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions’ League Under-13 TournamentToluca, Mexico
Weekend GetawayBlue Mountain, ON
Camping @ Awenda Provincial ParkTiny, ON

2018

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

2019

Friend’s WeddingThe Elora Mill Inn, Elora, ON
#TogetherFeoever—Destination Wedding
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cenotes Casa Tortuga
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Camping @ Point Farms Provincial ParkGoderich, ON
#PalmersGoMaritimeMoncton, NB
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia

2020

Dad 2.0 Summit 2020Washington, DC
Camping @ Arrowhead Provincial ParkHuntsville, ON
CottagingNorland, ON
Camping @ Pinery Provincial ParkLambton Shores, ON
CottagingKingston, ON

2021

CottagingSauble Beach, ON
Camping @ Bon Echo Provincial ParkCloyne, ON
10th Anniversary Road Trip in British ColumbiaVancouver, BC
Victoria, BC
Tofino, BC
Qualicum Beach, BC
Halfmoon Bay, BC
8th Birthday Stay @ The Chelsea HotelToronto, ON
CottagingSouth Frontenac, ON

2022

 

40th Birthday CelebrationGeorgian Bay, ON
Visiting an old friend of Sarah’sThunder Bay, ON
Conmee, ON
Camping @ Arrowhead Provincial ParkHuntsville, ON
Camping @ Pinery Provincial ParkLambton Shores, ON
Godson’s Baptism & Family VacationCalgary, AB
Canmore, AB
Winter Cottage TripInverary, ON

2023

Palmer Family Trip + Smugglers’ Notch ResortMontreal, QC
Jeffersonville, VT
Ottawa, ON
Camping @ Sandbanks Provincial ParkPicton, ON
Camping @ Pinery Provincial ParkLambton Shores, ON
Camping @ Killbear Provincial ParkNoble, ON
de Bruyn Family WeddingMontreal, QC

The Travel Wishlist

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Joshua Tree, California
  • Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
  • Portugal
  • Germany
  • San Francisco
  • Iceland
  • Newfoundland
  • Parc Omega, Quebec

The Experience Wishlist

  • The CN Tower Edgewalk
  • Dogsledding
  • Treetop trekking
  • Explore a jungle
  • Trampolining
  • Hot air ballooning