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So we're planning a vacation and I suddenly realized how much our lives have changed now with a toddler in the picture.<br><br>
DH just got SCUBA certified and we want to go somewhere to celebrate where he can dive. We decided on Mexico (wanted some other places with better diving, but for various this worked out for us).<br><br>
My step-dad has a time share he is giving us for the week -- so I was looking up the places available and found all these amazing spas and such. Nope, not very kid friendly. In fact some said "adults only" - yikes.<br><br>
Then I saw the SUPER ****** resorts with kid pools and kid activities and all inclusive meals, and dive packages and everything.<br>
YUCK....?<br>
This is the sort of place I would have run screaming from 5 years ago. But now with a toddler -- it sounds PERFECT. DH can dive all day and Z and I can find plenty to do, no worrying about finding restaurants and getting in and out of taxi or car rentals with his huge Britax car seat ---- it's all right there.<br><br>
I CAN'T BELIEVE I LIKE THE SOUND OF THIS?????<br><br>
We used to travel light, off the beaten path, mom-and-pop inns, rough it, test local eateries, sleep under the stars.... and now I will be SUPER TOURIST.<br>
sigh.<br>
Anyone else go through this? Am I going to hate this? It just seems easier at this age...???
 

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no major advice about the travelling aspect of it - but dh and i have gradually come to the realization that in the past five years since the kidlets have arrived, we are so not cool anymore. well, the five-years-ago-we would not have thought that the now-we are cool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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DH and I are sitting here laughing so hard right now!! We could have written your post! We're lifelong backpackers and campers, climbed Mt. Kenya together, did 50 miles on the John Muir Trail and went up Mt. Whitney for our honeymoon, etc. And then DD came along and we found ourselves longing for one of those hideous package vacations--we went on one for Christmas, and it was FABULOUS! Someone to cook for us, the beach was right there, lots of other kids to entertain her.<br><br>
I'm not sure we'll do it again (don't want to get too soft<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ), but it was a great experience.
 

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Yep, just moved back to Germany because we think it will be a great experience for ds to grow up in Europe. Now that I'm older and have money I see all these things I can't do right now because I have a toddler. Opera, Symphony, Organ concerts in old churches, art museums. I know my son loves Baby Van Gough but I don't think it would be so fun to go to the Van Gough museum with him in tow.... Did read a restaurant review among other great, trendy restaurants there is a kid friendly family style restaurant with a play area... Oh well.
 

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Yeah, it is depressing. We were avid backpackers and cc skiers before dd was born. We vowed to not let it change us, but of course we have done zero backpacking (who wants to carry all of that STUFF?) and very little skiing. I seirously hope that will change as dd gets older and can join us (under her OWN power).
 

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I guess going on their own power is the the light at the end of the tunnel.<br><br>
Yes it CAN be done now. But I think we will have better luck when he is 3 or so. He is 20 months now...<br><br>
The nice thing about the cheesey tourist place is we can try an adventure as a day trip and hide back in the resort and recoup at the kiddie pool the next day and so on...<br><br>
...so super ****** touristy all inclusive resort ----- here we come!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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At least you've come to realize this before you spent a ton of money. My DH wanted so bad to live in Colorado because there is so much he loved about it and wanted to do here. Once we got here, he realized he couldn't do most of the stuff he enjoyed on his previous visits with our DD and now newborn DS. So we'll be making another move this year back home to Pennsylvannia to be closer to family.
 
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