Italy, Japan, Indonesia, France. Before having William, we planned one major trip per year. And as my belly grew and grew with the baby that would become William, we talked about all of the places we’d take him.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where my late grandfather lived.
Long Beach Island, New Jersey, where my husband grew up sailing and learned to surf.
Italy, where we honeymooned.
Tokyo, Japan, maybe our favorite place we’ve been to together.
Then, five months into William’s life, the world shut down and travel as we knew it stopped. The majority of William’s major milestones have happened during the Pandemic, and we haven’t been the well-traveled family we aspired to be as a result, but we’ve still managed to take William to some of our favorite places within the U.S. (and snuck in one international trip when things briefly went “back to normal” last summer). Here’s where else you’ve been, William:
La Quinta, California where Pop Pop and Grandma live, in January 2020.
Summit, New Jersey to meet your (other) grandfather in hospital, in February 2020.
Big Island, Hawaii, just before the Pandemic arrived, in early March 2020.
St. Helena and Napa for your dad’s first Father’s Day.
Boonville to see Great Aunt Linda and Great Uncle Andy over the Fourth of July.
Park City, Utah to be with family in August 2020 (and again that September).
Los Angeles to meet our friends’ fellow Covid babies, in September 2020.
Sea Ranch, California right after your first birthday – we were there on your second Halloween!
Olema near Point Reyes Station during the long MLK weekend.
Cambria, California for my 35th birthday.
Napa again for your dad’s second Father’s Day (starting a tradition).
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – your first international trip! Daycare summer break spent well.
My hometown, Newport Beach, to meet your godmother, Jacqueline.
Truckee and Lake Tahoe within a few months of each other – for a wedding and a long weekend with your best friend Goldie’s family.
Mendocino, California for New Year’s 2021.
Not bad for a pandemic!