My relationship with Alamo began a couple of years ago and has been such a great experience. In my second year as a Chief Travel Mom, I hope that I’ve inspired you to pursue more family travel and take it beyond basic.
Have you been following the #AlamoDriveHappy hashtag? Myself and the other CTMs have enjoyed chatting with you about overcoming some of the obstacles that inevitably come with family travel, and facing it with a sense of humor. Like with all things, travel is more fun when you can laugh at yourself and your circumstances.
Alamo challenged me to make a travel resolution earlier this year. I resolved that my family would go 24 hours on our vacation with no technology. You would think that would be a difficult task for a blogger, but it surprisingly wasn’t. We did this on our trip to Charleston and it was quite nice having meals without smartphones. It was a great bonding experience and we found so many other fun things to occupy our time.
Writing this post is bitter sweet as this year’s partnership with Alamo is drawing to a close. Last weekend – thanks to Alamo – my friends and family gathered to celebrate family, summer and travel. School is starting up here in just a couple of weeks and we have so many fun experiences to look back on. My family didn’t do a big family vacation this year. Instead we did several short trips that took us to Charleston, Austin, Atlanta and Orlando. My son and I spent a weekend in Chattanooga – one of our favorite cites.
Our end of summer party wasn’t fancy. Just a whole lot of fun! We are not a glamorous group, just regular folks like most of you. Although a couple of my friends think they’re pretty fancy. You know who you are, if you’re reading this. (Just kidding!)
I fired up the grill for some burgers and hot dogs. Mom made us some yummy sides and snacks. For dessert we enjoyed a summer classic – strawberry shortcakes. A party isn’t a party without some good food!
The party actually started before the party started. My nieces and a couple of their friends had way too much filling the balloons with helium. I set up a table with some of the goodies that Alamo sent us, including some fab door prizes, cool sunglasses and decorations.