Adventures are underrated. Adventures with our kids? Invaluable.
It’s time to make an adventure of your own. How does spontaneous international travel with one young traveler in need of a passport at the last minute sound?
Earlier this summer, my then-seven year old son, Quinn, and I went to the Atlantis resort at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Just the two of us. Invited on a press trip through Babble, we seized the rare opportunity for one of the kids to travel with me for work and swooned at the chance to experience the Cartoon Network Celebrates Summer at Atlantis, a limited engagement camp with Cartoon Network themes.
Talk about adventure time.
International Travel! You can do this.
Have you traveled internationally with your kids? I have not. The adventure began early as we had less than two weeks to secure a passport for Quinn and I had no idea where to start. So I took a deep breath, opened a browser with Atlantis.com open in one tab and the State Department in the other, alternating between the two for encouragement (water slides! beaches!) and information (printable forms! directions!).
Come to find out (and here I come, telling you because I wish someone could have told me) it is not difficult at all to get a passport on short notice. Thinking of a spontaneous trip to the Atlantis? You can so do it.
All you need is proof of travel within 14 days and a handful of other docs (like birth certificates), then march yourself and your child to the passport office. We picked up Quinn’s passport the day after we applied in person for it. And done! Where’s the plane?!
Quinn is my oldest child of three and it is rare to have one-on-one time with him. Having now taken this solo trip with him, I am committed to solo trips with all of my kids once a year. I learned so much about him and we had so much fun bonding time, something hard-won as he gets older and increasingly too cool for me.
I am so beyond in love with the Atlantis that I honestly can’t think beyond taking everyone back there every time we go anywhere. Ever. I devoutly hope that Cartoon Network returns for a summer camp again next summer because the dive-in theater alone is worth the trip. Picture skies full of stars, warm breezes, and your happy family floating in a gorgeously lit pool with the iconic Atlantis Royal Towers in the background, framing a movie screen showing Adventure Time with Finn and Jake to a crowd of tickled-to-death children.
Rather than write a novel on why the Atlantis is the ideal family vacation (during Cartoon Network Summer Camp or otherwise), I’m going to dive into the classic vacation slideshow because the photos tell awesome tales for themselves. And I rarely do slideshows.
Although our trip was a press trip (therefore expenses were paid), I had already begun booking our next trip by the time we returned home. I signed up for the Atlantis newsletter and those emails are some of the only ones I will stop what I’m doing and open just in case there is a special offer we could use. I need so little encouragement at this point, but every discount helps.
And seriously, the Atlantis offers specials like Jake does wiggly arms. (Adventure Time reference, holla! translation: all the time and well.)
If you book by September 24, they have some particularly amazing specials at all of their hotels on the property. (you’ll see in the slideshow that we stayed at the Reef and are now die-hard loyal to it, though visited each hotel, dug them all, and would sleep in a cabana if we had to… and sort of did, anyway, because hello cabana by the pool and ocean)
Enough of me trying to convince you to go on a spontaneous vacation with me. Let’s look at some photos of me in a bikini!
(maybe. you’ll have to look at all of them to see. oh! aaaand a fun video of us at the Cartoon Network character parade!)
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Are you ready to dive in to your own adventure? You can do it this weekend. Next weekend. Now! You don’t need extravagant, complicated plans made months in advance to pull off an adventure of your own.
Our trip was short and we hardly had time to pack. It was perfect. Our spirit of spontaneity was reignited on this trip. Those three days are a treasure in our hearts. Do you feel stirrings of your own? Jump! No, don’t look. Jump!
Visit Atlantis.com for details and specials
Follow @AtlantisResort on twitter (they are on Instagram, too!)
Like Atlantis on Facebook (this is a great spot for notices of specials, too)
Check out the Atlantis app (I used this plenty and it was great)
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