Our Family Travel in 2010

Gatlinburg With Kids: Great Smoky Mountains Winter

With many things that are going on with our family this year especially during this Holiday season, it’s hard for me to spend time and sit down to blog about our fun adventures we have done lately. As we approach the end of year 2010, I couldn’t help but feel thankful and grateful for all the opportunities and friendships I have made during this year.

It was a great year for us here at the Q Family Adventures. I don’t want to sound bragging or showing off but then again I want to be able to come back one day and read about our year in travel. So if you don’t feel like going on the walk back in time with us, I completely understand. Otherwise, let take a trip back to see what we have done this year.

January to March: Connecting

Our first quarter was our typical time to stay home and enjoy time together. With 2 birthdays we enjoyed our time closer to home and explored what Atlanta had to offer. I did get to meet many wonderful people in real life and started to get more invitation to events around Atlanta. One of those connection turned into a invitation to a visit our neighboring state in South Carolina.

April: Columbia, SC

Columbia with Kids EdVenture Museum

We had a great fun during spring break in South Carolina with kids. Our quick getaway weekend gave us the chance to check out the Riverbank Zoo, the EdVenture Children’s museum and the Congaree National Park. The time we spent was short but it was a great introduction for us.

May: Family Trip to Thailand

Bangkok With Kids - Wat Pho Thailand Family

This was the trip I had been waiting and planning for the whole year. It wasn’t the first trip back to Thailand for the kids but it was the first trip they would remember. They were at the right age to be able to enjoy and recognize families. We had a great time spending 3 weeks in Thailand and other provinces. I know I have only scratch the surface on our trips to Thailand with post about Saraburi, Ko Samet and Bangkok. But there are still many more posts to come. This was the month when things started to pick up. After we came back from Thailand, we barely had time to unpack before we headed to our next destination.

June: New York City for TBEX

NYC With Kids - Day in Manhattan Time Square

I headed up to New York City for my first TBEX conference. It was so great to finally be able to meet many travel bloggers I have followed online. The conference was a bit disorganized but the networking made up for it. I had only a few hours to spare each day so there was no time to explore the city. The last day, I met up with Mr. Rojo and the kids for a whirlwind day in New York City. Needless to say, it only made me want to plan a trip to properly introduce New York City to my kids soon.

July: Orlando for Summer

Orlando With Kids - Science Center Science Park

In July, we headed down to our family favorite vacation spot in Orlando. As much as I think, we would get tired of the theme parks city, I couldn’t be more wrong. We enjoyed exploring the other side of Orlando by visit the Orlando Science Museum for a day of non-theme park and a couple more days of exploring other free things to do in Orlando gave us a new perspective for this tourist destination.

August: Huntsville for Space & Star Wars

Huntsville With Kids- US Space Rocket Center

As kids were getting ready to start the new year in school, we took the last trip before all the free times would be limited to just holidays and weekend to Huntsville, AL. It was a trip for both kids and Mr. Rojo because Star Wars had a travel exhibition at the Space Center.

September: Asheville, NC

Asheville with kids Mast General Store Candies

I attended my 2nd blog conference for 2010 in Ashville, NC at Type-A-Mom conference. This was my second year attending the conference and I had to say I still learned something new and met many new bloggers that I both admired and followed. Asheville has become one of our family favorite small town. With the second trip, we still found many new things to explore.

November: Kissimmee, FL

Orlando Kissimmee With Kids: NASA Kennedy Space Center

As we headed toward the busy holiday season, we kicked off our celebration of Thanksgiving in Kissimmee. I have yet to write about our trip on this blog but you can read about our experience at Visit Kissimmee blog.

December: Gatlinburg, FL

Gatlinburg With Kids: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We ended our last trip of the year at beautiful Gatlinburg in winter. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountain Resort hosted us for the weekend to this fun mountain town where we enjoyed a day in one of the most visited national park at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and spent a night strolling along the downtown street for the festive Christmas lights.

I am thankful that I am able to take various trip throughout the year. It has been an amazing year for me both as a mom and a travel blogger.

I am looking forward to year 2011 and hope that we will be as fortunate to be able to explore different parts of the country or even other countries (Canada is on the horizon for TBEX’2011). I also hope to be able to continue to provide the inspiration to other families out there to get out and explore the world. It doesn’t have to be an exotic place or expensive resorts. There are many many places and many many ways to travel.

I hope everyone a very happy holiday and look forward to hearing from you about your family adventures too!

About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. It has been a pleasure reading about your adventures this year and can’t wait to see where your family heads to next year. It was nice meeting you (too briefly) at TBEX.
    p.s. I love your pictures. Inspiring me to get a better camera and better photographic skills. :)

    • Thank you, Carolina! Your blog is the inspiration for me as well. And I hope we will get to meet again soon. Do you plan to make a trip up the coast to Vancouver? Would be nice to see you next year. :)

  2. Amy-You have inspired me to come off of my self-imposed blogging vacation and type up my review of 2010! That was a great list of fun vacations. It was so great to meet you at Type A. It is looking good for us to return so hopefully we can hang out some more!

  3. Wow! Your travel with kids totally inspires and awes me:) Let me know if you need tips on Vancity or Seattle. Happy travels!

  4. I love this–so many places you visited were places of my childhood! For example, we have a condo in Kissimmee and spent every summer, Thanksgiving and Spring Break there and Orlando. Huntsville is 45 minutes from my hometown, so we used to take field trips to the space center a couple times a year. And who doesn’t love the Carolinas? My sister got a job at Ernst & Young and will be moving to Charlotte soon–can’t wait to visit her there!

  5. Wow, what an amazing year you have had! Looking forward to reading more of your travels. All the best for 2011.

  6. What a fantastic round-up, and what a fantastic year! I’m so happy to read about all your adventures. Hopefully, we’ll see each other again twice in 2011 — TBEX and Type A!

    • Thanks, Jen!! It has been a fantastic year indeed! I’m so grateful. So happy that I will get to meet you again at our normal meetup. :) It seems to be our ritual now. :) All the best to you and the gals at The Vacation Gals!


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