Debbie’s dust story reminded me of my experience in learning another language, where my pile of how-to-speak books is much like her weight bench — thickly covered with dust and good intentions.
But we’re going to force the issue. Next year I’m taking the family on vacation abroad
and would like some suggestions on where to go. The criteria are simple:
- A relatively stable country (e.g., no dodging bullets)
- An interesting cultural history.
- Prefer non-English speaking, since we’re trying to incent ourselves to learn something.
- A reasonable to take a 3 and 6 year-old on. We generally avoid the apparent tourist trappings where possible. (We’ve also done several tent camping trips this summer.)
- The vacation will be 2-3 weeks, depending how much time Jeff lets me take off…
- Easy to do “home-base” style traveling. For example, when we went to New Zealand, four years and one child ago, we spent three weeks in a fairly small section of the country. We’d visit a city for two or three days before moving on.
We had been seriously considering visiting France. I’ve heard numerous stories on how the French attitude differs, but after reading French or Foe, felt it was really overblown. The Rick Steves’ books also support this theory.
However, after my spouse read French or Foe she was in tears.
Other suggestions that have come up, none of these have been researched:
— There’s an article in this month’s Frommer’s Budget Travel. It’s not on the beaten path, interesting history, and fairly economical.
— My spouse heard this would be fairly kid friendly.
— It’s close, and we love Canada. Not as much history as we’d like, though.