As older parents, The Husband and I are often out of sync with the parents of Little A’s friends. We didn’t spend our 20s, 30s, or even part of our 40s being parents. We had an independence that some folks might envy. Traveling regularly was how we best expressed our independence.
Yes, it was great to travel. Just the two of us. We didn’t have to think about anyone else, particularly about anyone who needed predictable meals and sleep or who had short little legs that tired out easily.
But couples travel became a little mundane. We didn’t delight in the things we saw. This was especially true after living in the Netherlands for several years. We were worn out from living in such a densely populated (though wonderful and lovely) place. We had lost our sense of wonder.
A few years after we returned to the US–on a cold Valentine’s Day–we got that sense of wonder back in the form of an 8-pound, 1-ounce baby girl.
Now we’re ready to re-see some of our favorite places and also try out some new-to-us destinations and share it all with this enthusiastic, lovable little person.
These are our travel goals.
Yes, they are subject to change. I expect the list to grow longer and longer.
Places to “Re-experience” with Little A
- German Christmas Market
- Hiking in North Wales
- Gimmelwald, Switzerland
- The Italian Lake District
- Yellowstone National Park
- Bruges, Belgium
Places to See for the First Time with Little A
- The Cinque Terra, Italy
- The Hebrides (islands north of Scotland?)
- The original Legoland in Denmark
- Disney World (February 2018! Woo!)
- Euro Disney
- A European Disney Cruise
- Yosemite National Park
- Vancouver (June 2018! Woo!)
- Alaska cruise (June 2018! Woo!)
Little Experiences to Have with Little A
- Eating appeltart met slagroom (Dutch apple pie with whipped cream) at the floating café in Leiden, The Netherlands
- Having a bacon buttie (sandwich) in Liverpool, UK
- Having a picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris
- Going from chocolate shop to chocolate shop in Bruges, trying a different chocolate in each shop
If you have a little one, how have your travel goals changed?