The other day I asked my youngest daughter if she could travel anywhere ( I was asking because we have a special family Christmas surprise trip coming up and I wanted to see if her answer would be where we are headed.) And to my absolute surprise, her response was Victoria! My middle daughter said Hawaii, and our eldest wasn’t with us at the time but I’m pretty sure she would have named somewhere we would have to take a plane to.
Needless to say, it reminded me of how simple children are and how the memories we made on our recent short trip to Victoria were so special to my youngest daughter. It didn’t matter to her that it was just a ferry ride away. Regardless of the short distance, it was a memorable trip she will never forget!
So I asked my daughter what she thinks the 5 best things are in Victoria and this is what she said:
According to my five-year-old, Hotel Zed has the fastest, coolest, “funnest” (5-year-old lingo) awesome slide in the world!
The hotel is bright, and colorful, with a cool hippie seventies vibe.
Each night of our stay after venturing around the city, the girls looked forward to finishing the evening at the pool at Hotel Zed.
Basically, when you travel with kids, you need to stay at a hotel with a pool but it can’t be any pool. A pool with a slide makes it the best trip ever!
2. The milkshakes breaded chicken strips & grilled cheese sandwich from Plutos
We have tried many milkshakes and we have also had our fair share of chicken strips and grilled cheese sandwiches but… Plutos had hands down the best milkshakes, chicken strips and grilled cheese sandwiches the girls said they have ever had!
We ended up eating at Pluto’s twice in the two days we were in Victoria! The girls ended up having milkshakes, chicken strips, and grilled cheese on our second visit too!
3. The Pumpkin carriage and cookies at Roost Farm Bakery & Vineyard
I tried to explain to my daughter that we have Old Spaghetti Factories at home too, but she insisted that the one in Victoria was the best. She says it because we sat in a cool booth with a bookshelf behind us. She also says the dessert there is so good and… they have the best crayons.
Riding a double-decker bus around the city was not only an awesome way to see everything it was also like a dream come true for my five-year-old! I know super cliche, but it’s true. She’s always wanted to ride one of these!
Seriously, what kid doesn’t want to sit on the top deck of a double-decker bus? They just look so cool! Needless to say, this was the last best thing she chose.
If I gave her a larger number I’m sure she would have said a bunch of other things were the best things in Victoria too!
All in all, our family trip to Victoria was super memorable. It was a great way to spend some quality time with one another, relax a bit, make new memories, share fun experiences, and most importantly connect!
Family travel is something we haven’t done a ton of but I realized after our trip to Victoria that it’s invaluable and we can sacrifice materialistic things so we can travel more as a family.
At the end of the day, our children won’t remember the things we bought them but they will always remember the memories we make together.
I’m looking forward to our surprise trip in a few weeks! You’ll know where soon!
I wonder if Victoria will still be her favorite after our next trip? We’ll soon find out!