Traveling with Kids: Lessons Learned

It’s not about learning from your mistakes…

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I flip-flopped about what the best title for this article was. It’s not about learning from travel mistakes: forgetting to pack sunscreen, not having your hotel confirmation number, not knowing the opening or closing times of a tourist site, or forgetting to check the minimum age requirement for a planned activity.

No, this is about using travel to transform yourself–no matter if you go out the door an hour’s drive away to an apple orchard or whether you fly halfway around the world to a foreign-speaking country.

It’s an experience that makes it easier for us to stay present for those moments, and to stay present with our family–the people that mean the most to us in this world.

When I take a moment away from the craziness of life, I often think of travel as an almost meditative experience. An experience of gratitude so deep that it lets me reflect on what’s important in life.

It’s not about the number of stars in the hotel you stay at or how far away from home you went. It’s an experience that makes it easier for us to stay present for those moments, and to stay present with our family–the people that mean the most to us in this world. Perhaps, the more appropriate title is: Building a Better You.