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A Unique Look at Family Travel

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As well-traveled parents, we are always looking for ways to expose our girls to the great big world out there.

My husband and I love to travel. Boredom looms large if there is not a trip on the horizon. And so we raised our children to understand that travel is the ethos of our family. My husband grew up in Central America and spent his days as a child wandering the jungle in the Panama Canal Zone. I grew up in the mountains of Colorado but loved spending my college summers in New York City where my parents lived.

As well-traveled parents, we are always looking for ways to expose our girls to the great big world out there. 

What can we see? What can we teach them? What life-changing experiences can we expose them to? 

Like most parents, we feel the overwhelming obligation to mold them.

What occurs to me now is that my favorite part of travel is not fitting in every educational experience I can, although I do enjoy a good guided tour or museum.  It’s about seeing a new world through my child’s eyes. When our 10-year-old climbs a rock in North Carolina to look at the sunrise, what is she thinking? When our 13-year-old sees London for the first time and wants to stay (not joking - she didn’t want to come back to the United States), what about this city makes her feel that way? When I step back and take a photo of my child soaking it all in, I am experiencing the gift of growth that only travel can give. And frankly, I have nothing to do with it.

What I can do is put them in the place and time that allows the magic to happen.  Travel is a part of our yearly family budget, and Orlando Sanford International Airport allows families to travel to more than 75 destinations worldwide without breaking the bank.  

Any adventure, no matter how far or how short, can change your family’s perspective on life. Travel is truly an investment that will deliver dividends tenfold.

As the great writer Hans Christian Andersen said, “To travel is to live.” I agree.  

I hope you will enjoy these travel columns that my family will be bringing you in future issues. If you want to get a jump-start on your fall travel, here are some of my top picks for destinations:

1. Niagara Falls, NY

2. Knoxville, TN

3. San Antonio, TX

4. Newburgh, NY

5. Asheville, NC

Lauren Rowe is director of communications at Orlando Sanford International Airport and was an Emmy award-winning news anchor. For more information about SFB’s unique destinations, visit

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