We recently returned from a gloriously restful vacation in Scotland.
But let’s rewind for a second or two…Earlier this year, we booked our annual summer vacation and we were excited to finally visit a a fabulous hotel in St. Lucia that has been on our “must visit” list for quite some time. However, after learning about the potential consequences of the Zika virus, we made the tough decision to cancel our plans and we scrambled to come up with “Plan B” in a matter of weeks. These were our “Plan B” parameters:
- Destination must be “new” to everyone;
- The purpose of the trip is to relax, so destination cannot involve difficult logistics (bad traffic, multiple flights, close connections, etc.);
- Flight(s) must be conducive to George’s sleep and nap schedule;
- Long flights must have lay-flat seat options; and
- Destination must involve cultural and relaxation options.
These parameters obviously whittled down the list of options, and our time constraints narrowed things even more. Eventually, we agreed on Scotland and we were thrilled for the opportunity to explore a country on our “must travel” list. While we knew we wouldn’t see everything Scotland has to offer on this trip, we knew we would see some amazing sights, have fun, make memories, and relax as a family.
Now, because I know you might be wondering why we decided to take our toddler to Europe, I’m going to try to (briefly) explain it to you.
We took George with us because we wanted to experience this trip with him. We are wanderlusts and we hope that George will be one too. George is a smart, curious boy who is well-behaved and eager to explore the world around him. It is thrilling to see the world through his eyes and he really seems to thrive on our vacations.
We also try very hard to expose George to various social settings so that he can learn how to respond to/with them. Because flying, traveling, dining out, and socializing with others are a huge part of our lives, we try very hard to make sure George is exposed to as many of these settings as possible.
All of this being said, we do discipline George and try to limit the potentially negative impact that his behavior may have on others. This sometimes means that we eat early/late, we remove George from a setting that he can’t handle, and that we are constantly teaching George about social norms. This is hard work, but we believe it pays off in the end. When we travel, we always get compliments on how well-behaved George is, and we are very proud of those compliments. He isn’t perfect, no one is, but boy does he try hard.
Anyhow, I will be posting about our trip in the coming weeks. Professionally, I’ve got a very busy next couple of weeks, but I will do my best to post on a timely basis.