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 who were once complete strangers. It had me challenge my norms and understand the world is so much bigger than what’s in my backyard—I just 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.

Below you can find a list of the travels I’ve taken since well before kids and beyond, looking to see as much of what’s out there as I can. As the kids grow older, we only grow bolder, and we’ll see more together as their memories form. But for now, here we are. I hope this list 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 Tree 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
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
2015
Varadero, Cuba
Havana, Cuba
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
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
Bala, ON
Weekend Getaway
Blue Mountain, ON
Camping
Awenda Provincial Park, Tiny, ON
2018
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Kelowna, BC
Cottaging
Algonquin Provincial Park
Huntsville, ON
Bracebridge, ON
Interior Camping
Opeongo Lake
Algonquin Provincial Park
Camping
Port Burwell Provincial Park
Port Burwell, ON

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  1. 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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