FALL 2017 | Ultimate Family Vacations
Ever since my girls were toddlers, I’ve
taken them on an annual “ladies-only
trip,” deliberately leaving my husband
This no-boys-allowed rule is in place
for two reasons: First, I want to model
for my daughters what I want for
them; the freedom to go where they
want, when they want. I do not want
them to take for granted the liberties
they have as women growing up in
Canada, which includes the right to
travel independently. The second
and more important reason is that
travel forces you to face certain
fears. All too often, we think of being
adventurous as the equivalent to
being an adrenaline junkie, but I’d
argue that being adventurous is often
found in conquering even small things.
For me, that means ignoring the
naysayers who tell me I’m “brave,” or
“risky” for travelling alone as a woman
with my two young daughters. I refuse
to let fear push away the chance for
I was 22-years-old before I left the
country myself for the first time on
a ladies’ getaway to Jamaica, and
the trip left an indelible mark; I felt
empowered, liberated, and free. Travel
became my obsession, and when my
daughters were born many years later,
I knew that of all the things I could
give them in life, a love of exploration
and a sense of wanderlust would be
among the most important gifts of all.
As it happens, some people are indeed
born with a strong sense of adventure,
while others seem to be constantly
pulled or nudged into activities by
their more adventurous counterparts.
My oldest daughter, Morgan, 14,
is Captain Adventure, while my
youngest, Ava, 12, has spent the better
part of a decade with her feet planted
firmly — happily — on the ground. It's
made family travel interesting to say
the least, since one daughter is always
up for a challenge, while the other is
content simply playing in the sand or
lounging on a beach. Finding a happy
medium for vacations can be, at times,
my parenting albatross.
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Ultimate Family Vacations | FALL 2017
CLIMBING DUNN’S RIVER FALLS
MORGAN, THEN 10, AND AVA, THEN 8, BEING SILLY IN
THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. © CANDACE DERICKX
AUTHOR, AVA, THEN 11, AND MORGAN, THEN 13 ON THEIR
FATEFUL CATAMARAN CRUISE IN JAMAICA © CANDACE DERICKX
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