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Would You Return to Your Childhood Vacation Spot

What Do You Think of Returning to a Childhood Vacation Spot?

A friend told me last night that every year of her childhood, her family went to Toronto for vacation. For some reason, Toronto as a vacation spot surprised me, but then she said it was a city where her parents spent a lot of time before they had kids. They loved it and wanted their children to love it, too. "Well do you love it?" I asked, waiting for a no. "I do! I love Toronto."

And with that my entire concept of family vacations changed. Every Summer, except for one crazy one in Niagara Falls, my family went to the same beach in the same town on the same street. And while I have fond memories of my parents letting me eat/drink/have whatever I wanted for that one week, I also remember being restless and bored, wanting to explore while my parents wanted to relax. While I wouldn't turn down a (free) trip back today, I am not nostalgic for those beached days. I'd rather go to a city, like Toronto.

What about you?

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Rebecca14916991 Rebecca14916991 8 years
I hated it. My parents' idea of a vacation was taking us to see our very elderly paternal grandparents. It wouldn't have been so bad since they do live on a lake, but my mom would never let us out of her sight, so we ended up sitting inside all day playing on Gameboys, watching soap operas and being so completely bored we didn't know what to do with ourselves when something to do DID come up. I still visit my grandparents just because they're so old and might not be around much longer, but I only do it for about 2 days at a time and I absolutely hated going there as a kid.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
I love my child hood vacation spot! I have great memories of it, I would love to take my future husband there one day.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I still return to two of the beaches that my parents took us to when I was a kid. I still love them, and it's nice to see that they've retained a lot of what made them so great when I was younger.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I'm 29 years old and I still go to the same town and the same beach and browse the same little shops as I have been since I was 8 months old. I love my little beach town and I plan on carrying on the tradition of going there for the rest of my days. I'm going out there in a couple of weeks. I think in my entire life I only missed going out there for one summer and I missed it so much.
Daisy-Doe Daisy-Doe 8 years
Ps. my sister loved the Alps so much she actually moved there and has lived there for 3 years.
Daisy-Doe Daisy-Doe 8 years
My parents didn't always take us to the same place but they did take us to the same countries. Always Switzerland or Austria, because they love the mountains. We always went exploring in the mountains and it was so much fun. It's been 5 years since the last time I saw the Alps, but I must admit sometimes I do miss them. I think I might go back in the future, just so I can see them again and breathe the mountain air.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
no. every vacation was spent in a trailer or motor home. i HATE camping/camp grounds/long road trips with tired children.
ktseyf ktseyf 8 years
I would absolutely go back. My family goes on vacation together every summer since I was 5. I can't wait to someday take my kids to places like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Colonial Williamsburg, etc. My greatest memories are from summer vacations and I can't wait for my children to experience the things I've been blessed enough to see!
Pistil Pistil 8 years
Growing up, my family used to go camping every summer at least once, and always to the same lake. I used to know the trails like the back of my hand. I haven't been there in years, but I would love to go back to see if I remember it the same. Is it as great as I remember? Or was it so wonderful because I made it that way as a child?
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Of course! We always used to go Torremolinos, Spain :D We might be going again next year.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
last weekend my boyfriend and I went to Portland, Maine - I grew up in New England, and to me, the Maine coast embodies summer (and Maine mountains embody winter!!!) it was really special to discover it as an adult, and BF had never been before and we had a wonderful time. most special after-trip experience? telling my grandmother all about our explorations, made it that much more fun :)
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
ugh i hated our family vacations. my dad made them so miserable. but there were a couple of great resorts in montreal i wouldn't mind going back to with my hubby :) PS- I miss Toronto :( i was raised there
Phil Phil 8 years
I think it may be interesting, though my family didn't get the opportunity to take many trips away, save for two trips to rural Philippines when I was really young, one of which was marred by a traumatizing wake-up call of giant, a mortally distressed pig and the unfortunate, resulting dinner later that night which is probably the root of my vegetarian diet. I also had weekly weekend visits to San Francisco and Vallejo to visit cousins, which I was very fond of then, but I don't find myself reaching for an equivalent to a madeleine and tea to relive those memories. I suppose that may change later on in life as I strive to make greater sense of my past and the evolution of my identity. For now, I'd rather spend some time experiencing the cities and lands I've yet to explore.
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