My latest dream destination: Hawaii

Hiking people on Hawaii, Waihee ridge trail, Maui, USA via Shutterstock

Wish I was here: Hiking in Hawaii, Waihee ridge trail, Maui

Over on BritMums we’ve been running the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge with IATA on one of my favourite topics: dream travel destinations. I can’t officially enter but this is a topic I could write on and on about.

IATA is celebrating 100 years of commercial flight and that just reminds me of all the long-haul places to which I’d like to hop a jet: New Zealand, California, Japan (again), China (my friend Florence is going next year), Texas (of course)….

The one currently capturing my family’s imagination is Hawaii. My cousins went recently and showed us pictures of their treks to volcanoes, walking amid lush vegetation, relaxing in a gorgeous villa. We were salivating.

I want to spend most mornings surfing with the kids then exploring in the afternoons — hiking trails, volcanoes, beaches —  before relaxing by a pool in the evening with a fruity drink. Garnish it with pineapple and stick an umbrella in it, I say.

Family holidays are a wonderful way to create lasting family memories that we’ll talk about for years. I still vividly recall my childhood trip to New York City and the first time I walked through Times Square station — right down to the pattern of the blue flowered umbrella my mother bought me. There is no replacement for actually being there.

Our kids talk all year round about our annual trips to Texas. Now we want to branch out to create more memories.

grandmother and girl with Texas flag

Family trips create Texas-sized memories no matter where we go


What are your dream destinations you’d like to jet to on the 100th of commercial flight?

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

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  1. November 5, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    It’s such a great competition. We love to travel and can’t wait to make more memories too – maybe we might make it to Texas.

    • November 5, 2014 / 10:45 pm

      Mummy to boyz, I highly recommend Texas. It’s easier than ever to get there from the UK and there are so many things to do. You can go to just one of the great cities — Austin, Houston, San Antonio, DFW/Fort Worth — or head to the Gulf of Mexico for beach, fishing and body boarding. And of course all that barbecue-eatin’ that has to take place.

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