We got lucky enough to tag along with my husband on a business trip to Florida! Unfortunately it turned into one of the worst family vacations to date… There were some good moments, but man were we unlucky. Here’s what happened..
The Flight There
The morning we were leaving, my son said he wasn’t feeling very well. I thought maybe it was because we had to wake up early and he’s not an early riser and that it might have made his stomach upset a bit. We get to the airport and we are waiting for our plane to board when my son takes a turn for the worse. He starts getting a fever and chills, he has a headache and overall is not doing good. I buy children’s Tylenol, which is triple the price in an airport. I get water, crackers, everything I can think of to make him more comfortable for the ride.
Thankfully it worked and he wasn’t too bad on the plane. It helped that each seat had its own TV screen to help distract him from feeling awful. We land and take an Uber to our hotel to meet my husband. He took an earlier flight. We got to the hotel safely and ordered room service, my favorite thing to do for some reason!
Our First Day
The next morning we woke up and my son was still not feeling well. We had an incredible view from our room over the beautiful Florida ocean but we couldn’t get in it, it was such a tease! My daughter was so frustrated! I felt bad, bad that my son wasn’t feeling well and bad that my daughter couldn’t enjoy her time either.
Luckily, my husband was able to take our daughter down to the pool on his lunch break and when he got out of his conferences.
After a day of bed rest for my son he started to feel better, so the next day we went down to the pool and the beach in intervals because I didn’t want him to get worn out. It was beautiful. The weather was great and the water was amazing!
Our plan was to spend three days at the resort and then head over to the west side of Florida to see the manatees. Manatees are my son’s favorite animal and have been for years, so I was so excited to be able to share this special moment with him. He was feeling better and we debated whether or not we should go. It’s a two hour drive, we had to rent a car and get a room on the other side, so the expense was pretty big. My son looked like he was feeling better so we did it!
The Drive to the West Side
We first headed to Ft. Lauderdale to meet an old college buddy of mine for lunch. I was happily surprised with all the art that was around.
We parked and cruised around, got an ice cream and that is when it took a turn for the worse. First of all, Miami Beach is not the best place for children. Shady things going on everywhere like drug deals in the bathroom, women dressed in extremely skimpy clothes while guys whistle and yell dirty things to them. And I am not a prude! I try to teach my kids to love and respect all different walks of life, but this was a little much.
After the ice cream, my son started to feel really bad. We made our way back to the car and started our journey to the West side. We figured he can relax and nap in the car and then chill in the room to get better so we can go see the Manatees tomorrow.
We took the Everglades highway over to the West side. I was really hoping to see a Gator. And… we did! That black dot in the picture is the alligator’s eye popping out of the water!
We came across a family fishing and to our surprise there was an alligator cruising along about 50 feet away.
I did what any mom would do and raced to the closest Whole Foods to gather potions and remedies to get him feeling better. I grabbed some epsom salts and tea tree essential oil to help fight the virus or bacterial infection that was causing him to be sick, elderberry syrup and bee propolis to help his immune system and lots of liquids! So we spent the entire morning resting and NO we did not make it to see the Manatees…
We drove back to the East side, got a cheap hotel room by the airport and rested so that the flight home wouldn’t be too terrible. Luckily there was a pool and my husband took my daughter swimming while my son and I rested.
Thank goodness all those natural cures kicked in and we made it home safely and he felt much better. So you know what? Traveling with kids can hectic, wonderful, and everything in between!
Although this particular vacation did not turn out as expected, we have had many other adventures together that have been absolutely wonderful!
Visit www.visitflorida.com for more fun ideas if you’re thinking about Florida!