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FALL 2017 | Ultimate Family Vacations

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Ever since my girls were toddlers, I’ve

taken them on an annual “ladies-only

trip,” deliberately leaving my husband

at home.

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

adventure.

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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