LEARN: Understand you won’t have a perfect trip but you will learn as you go along

Note: This is the eight article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what the 2nd L in Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. stands for. If you want to first get an overview on Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. itself, please click here.

As parents, we make mistakes all the time, and most of the time — if we are honest — we don’t really know what we are doing (even when we act like we do!). We are imperfect, but we continue to learn as parents.

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In our travels, we especially learn from the mistakes we made during our time on the road. For example, we learned the hard way that we needed to feed Aarav before joining  a walking tour. We had expected him to nap during our tour, but he didn’t — and he was hungry. We had to figure out on the fly how to stop a meltdown without stopping the tour. And ever since, we knew how to prepare him before our next tour. LEARN means accepting that we all make mistakes, but that learning from them is part of the journey.

The good news is we have already made all of the mistakes, so you don’t have to, which is why we wrote our book, How to Travel with Kids (Without Losing Your Mind)! (But if you still make mistakes, that’s okay, too! Learn from them for your next trip!)

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