Hello 2016! It's a brand new year and time to challenge ourselves. In the past year my goal was to share travel experiences from the perspective of a family (more specifically, a Canadian family of four). That's the kind of blog I've always looked for to inspire our own travels. One where the successes and fails are equally shared and I can get useful information on what might work (or fail terribly) for our own family. There were a lot of great times in 2015 and I enthusiastically shared them here. There were also some tough times, and looking back I regret that I glossed over them. The beautiful, inspiring moments really needed some balance to make this blog relatable. I assure you, there were some scale tippers that I just didn't have to courage to immortalize here on the blog.
As the catalyst for most of these misadventures, I guess it's my responsibility to own up to them. I am the vacation planner of our family and am ready to admit I DO NOT know our limits. Not even close. It's a mix of personal ambition and wanting us to push further to experience more together. Sometimes that works out just perfectly. And then . . . well sometimes not. Take for example one of my favourite and most honest travel posts of the year aptly entitled MoMA with Kids : Fail !
I don't do it often but I freely admit my strongest writing comes forth when sharing the less than perfect, funny, and sometimes chaotic moments. In 2015 the post I wrote, Breakdown in Montana, A Road Trip gone wrong was a piece full of honesty, adversity and ultimately, comedy. I wouldn't wish to ever experience that kind of adventure again, but it did serve up a lot of life lessons. Also, because of that post we were invited to travel to New York and share our story for a possible reality show pilot. I became very aware that when you expose your flaws you become relatable and real to even a complete stranger. That's a good thing in an online world that keeps on getting bigger and more impersonal every day. And, since this long surviving blog of mine has never made me any notable amount of money, it may as well be the best darn record of this era of family vacations, road trips, and adventures and even mis-adventures.
It's been two years since I've had the comment section open on the blog and since then, I've really noticed the readers comments on other blogs declining drastically. People just don't engage like they used to. Part of it is the use of RSS feed readers. I read all my favourite blogs on Bloglovin and from what I can see, many of you read this blog through that platform too. It's just easier than keeping individual tabs on each site. The downside is, when you really want to add your two cents it's a bit of a process. But, even if the comments section has become a relic of the bygone blog boom, I'm opening them up anyway. In interest of keeping our stories real, I want to hear about yours too and to be available to answer questions. So let's do this 2016! There are a few funny travel fails to share from our time in San Fransisco and Yosemite that I haven't had the gumption to write about yet but let's say I'm feeling brave this year!