Travel | From Sin City to the Serengeti

The Travels of Casey E. Palmer

Last updated on April 24th, 2021 at 11:34 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 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 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
2012African 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
#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

The Travel Wishlist

The Experience Wishlist

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

2 replies on “Travel | From Sin City to the Serengeti”

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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