Why Do We Want To Go To Florida?

Making memories is such an important part of our family life and holidays are the perfect way to spend time together and capture perfect moments.  I firmly believe that you make memories by spending time together, away from the day to day of family life, in a relaxed holiday atmosphere.  Stimulating the senses with beautiful scenery, amazing food and fun filled activities helps those memories last forever for all the family.

Why are memories so important to us.  Well, my son, he’s nearly 17.  He’s just started his A levels with designs on going to University. In less than 2 years we could be packing him off to his new digs to enjoy student life in some luxurious purpose built accommodation. He’s so focused on his plans for the future it’s almost guaranteed this will happen.

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My girls, they are small.  Princess is just 2 1/2 and little Pudding is nearly 5 months old.  We have only got 2 years where we are going to live together as a family all the time.

These next 2 years are important ones.  We need to give Teen memories of his family he will cherish and the girls need to have an older brother they have bonded with, before he heads of to pastures new.  A big age gap in a family can create distance between siblings which I’m so keen to avoid.

Where on earth do you take a family like this on holiday where everyone is going to get something from it?  We like the beach, but we don’t like beach holidays.  We enjoy theme parks, but they have to have something for everyone.  We love having places of interest to visit and amazing places to eat but they have to be family friendly too.

We have already enjoyed some great holidays together visiting places like Cairo and the Pyramids, taking in Pompeii in Naples, stopping of at the Eiffel Tower and enjoying the fine cuisine of Sicily including Olive Oil ice cream!

Holiday collage

At the risk of sounding a little cliche, the place that I’d like to take my family before Teen makes a break for Uni, is Florida.  There would be something for everyone.  I think it is on every family’s must visit list and I really hope we are able to get there in the next 2 years.

It’s a big trip, so aiming to save for the Summer after teen’s A levels would be a perfect family celebration.  It would give him the send off he deserved (if he does well in his exams of course) and help his sisters enjoy some special time with him before he leaves home.

With so much to see and do in Florida, it would be great to stay in a villa near the attractions and hire a car to visit the big parks and beaches.

Of course the girls would love Disney, but then we all would!  It conjures up a magic that no where else in the world can manage, filling the hearts and minds of little ones with wonder and fantasy.  We would have to stop by the Universal Studios as well, this would be more for the big kids in the family and give us the opportunity to see their Harry Potter Studios and of course we would have to stop by the famous Sea World.

Florida is also home to the Kennedy Space Centre and over 1200 miles of gorgeous coastline giving us exciting places to visit as well as some relaxing days by the sea, there is no end to the variety the Sunshine State has to offer, which is just what our family needs.

When it comes to food, it’s also got it covered, from cheap and cheerful to excellent gourmet restaurants taking advantage of it’s prime coastal location.  Covering a variety of cultural cuisines I don’t think we would have chance to get bored of what the district has to offer for families dining out.  I think we’d all be very happy.

So hopefully, one of our next major holiday’s will be long haul to this tried and tested family destination.  There is something that draws families to the USA for major holidays time and time again, and I’m sure it’s a place that once we’ve been, we’ll want to go back to.

This post is an entry for the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge, celebrating how flying allows us to make memories and ‘be there’, in association with #Flying100. Find out more at http://bit.ly/flying100

Zena's Suitcase
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Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. October 22, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    good luck! Those memories are so important to make – my biggest brother and sister were 13 and 14 when I was born, and I barely remember them as a child 🙁
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  2. October 22, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    Good luck! It is always so much easier to create great memories on holidays when everyone is relaxed and enjoying themselves rather than at home when routine tends to prevail. x

  3. Amy Squires
    October 22, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    Sounds like it would be amazing if you went. It’s certainly somewhere I would love to take my gang!

  4. October 22, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    Sounds a great idea and I totally relate to your reasons with children of similar ages here. However, my children don’t enjoy each other’s company very much, so actually need to go somewhere with plenty of space!!! They are all loners and argue together. Still can’t think of anywhere!
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  5. October 22, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    I totally agree that escaping the norm helps to create such magical and unforgettable memories and Florida is certainly the place to do so. I need to enter this! x

  6. agatapokutycka
    October 22, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Great entry for the challenge. Good Luck!

  7. October 22, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Oh best of luck hunny. What a great post. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Sounds like you are very prepared. #sharewithme

  8. October 22, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    We went to Florida last year with a 9, 7 and 4 year old boys and they seemed exactly the right age to get a lot out of the rides and the holiday – but there really is something for everybody isn’t there?
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  9. October 23, 2014 / 8:22 am

    We are big fans of Florida (especially the theme parks!) and with an older teenager in tow, it’s still a great place for them, as well as the younger kiddies and adults! When it comes to staying in the land of the Mouse, I’m your gal – it’s the holiday that makes us all completely happy and forget all our troubles for a couple of weeks a year!

  10. October 23, 2014 / 10:49 am

    I am desperate to take my kids to Florida – we were supposed to do this year but hubby was made redundant and all our holiday savings went on making ends meet :0(
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  11. Sam
    October 23, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    What a great post – I love your photos of the places you have already visited! I am a huge fan of Florida and you are so right, there would definitely be something for everyone there. I’ve visited with babies and teenagers and they were all happy, so I’m sure your family would be too! Good luck in the competition xx

  12. October 23, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Florida sounds a great choice. Have to say we fitted in lots of UK short holidays in this year. Our boy is looking at open days now. Best of luck to your lad, and getting to Florida.
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  13. wendy
    October 24, 2014 / 8:40 am

    What a lovely post , love your pictures of places you have already visited. Good luck x

  14. ninjcat
    October 25, 2014 / 8:14 am

    Florida is ace .. and I love Cario as well

    • Zena
      October 25, 2014 / 8:30 pm

      I don’t think I would go to Cairo now, it was in disarray when we went, which was such a shame 🙁

  15. Carmen (CarmensTravelTips)
    October 28, 2014 / 8:10 am

    Florida is a great family destination. I live in Fort Lauderdale. Having teenagers myself I know how challenging it can be to plan a family vacation that they will all enjoy. If I can be of any help to you, please let me know.

  16. October 30, 2014 / 9:29 am

    what a lovely idea, making sure they remember a big brother and having fun with him. My youngest always felt he missed out with his sisters being that bit older as well.
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  17. October 30, 2014 / 11:24 am

    I had the joy of Florida 2 years ago with my 11 year old and we loved it. I like how you focus on memory-making in this post. By the way, my brother is 16 tears older than me and I am spending Half-Term with him so age gap sibling relationships can certainly work well. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  18. Laura
    October 30, 2014 / 11:34 am

    We’re going there next year and cannot wait! It’s such a good destination for both small and big kids (and I’m including us adults in that ‘big kid’ category too).

  19. May 31, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    I totally agree with you how holidays are so important in making memories. We went on our ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday to Florida in 2011 when our children were 8 and 5. We loved it so much we returned in 2012 and 2013. There really is no place like it, and it will certainly keep the little ones and the teen entertained. Really hope you get there xx
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