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 ChillingI 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Casey’s Bachelor Party!
Montreal, QC
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


African Adventure
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro
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


The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Woodview, ON
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


Varadero, Cuba
Havana, Cuba
New York City, NY
Canmore, AB
Calgary, AB
Brother’s Bachelor Party
Niagara Falls, ON
Procter & Gamble Global Headquarters, Cincinnati, OH


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


Bala, ON
Weekend Getaway
Blue Mountain, ON
Camping @ Awenda Provincial Park
Tiny, ON


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Kelowna, BC
Algonquin Provincial Park
Huntsville, ON
Bracebridge, ON
Interior Camping
Opeongo Lake
Algonquin Provincial Park
Port Burwell Provincial Park
Port Burwell, ON


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


Washington, DC

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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