We have a rule in our marriage. For every winter vacation, there must be an equal and opposite warm weather vacation. This is something we decided a long time ago while Damon and I were still dating. You see, my husband loves to ski and I, on the other hand, love sunshine, tank tops, and strappy sandals. Since skiing in tank tops and sandals would be a bit impractical, we compromise. I will strap planks to my feet and freeze my butt off with him on a mountain as many times as he wants me to, if, in return, he goes with me to the same number of places of my choosing.
We typically go skiing three times each season. By March, which is when we take our final ski trip of the year, I am already longing for and planning to go somewhere warm.
Next week we head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for that final ski trip of the year. It is actually supposed to be quite warm for Wyoming’s standards. By “warm” I mean it’s in the 30s and 40s, which is still pretty darn cold by my standards.
As this final cold weather vacation draws near, I’ve started contemplating where to go for our next warm weather trip. We usually head to the beach, be it the Caribbean, Mexico or Central America, but since Avery will only be 16 months old, the beach won’t be all that fun yet. We tried it last summer when Avery was 6 months old.
She basically just tried to eat the sand. While I think she enjoyed the stimulation of her new environment, a day or so was basically enough time for her at the beach. Being so little, it’s not like she can paddle board or snorkel or jet ski, so the beach activities we enjoyed pre-baby are somewhat limited with a toddler in tow.
That’s why I’ve started researching more cultural places for our next trip. We would still be able to tour cathedrals and museums with Avery and maybe do some easy hiking, as well. So I’ve been looking into several destinations lately, and Colombia is quickly climbing to the top of the list. We wouldn’t have a ton of time there… Only about a week, actually. But the more I research this beautiful South American country, the more it draws me in. I’ve never been to South America, so I’m excited about the possibility of visiting a new continent.
Secondly, Colombia is finally become a country that is safe and inviting for tourists. For many, many years, Colombia was basically off limits unless you were a drug lord. With the countless kidnappings, murders and robberies, it wasn’t necessarily an ideal place you would want to take the family. But now, Colombia is an up-and-coming tourist destination. They’ve squashed the majority of their crime problems and created a tourism industry that is actually thriving.
Still, when I mention the idea of traveling to Colombia with our sweet, innocent toddler, I get a few raised eyebrows and plenty of comments urging us to be cautious or questioning our sanity. Let’s be clear, I’m not trying to take our baby to Syria or Iraq. But I’m also not going to keep her at home all the time out of irrational fear. We are always cautious anytime we travel, whether we visit Colombia, South America or Columbia, Missouri. It’s just wise to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times, even in your own hometown. I think the parts of Colombia we would visit with Avery are actually safer than some parts of America.
So here’s hoping we can find cheap(ish) flights to Colombia in the near future. I’ll keep you posted if and when we do book our next trip. In the meantime, feel free to peruse the beautiful pictures of Colombia on See Columbia Travel. You might just find yourself convinced to vacation there, as well.