XPERIENCE: Experience new things and build amazing memories!

Note: This is the fifth article in our series around our travel philosophy, Be F.L.E.X.I.B.L.E. In this article, we breakdown what X 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.

Don’t be afraid of trying thing you did prior to having kids; continue to build upon those amazing memories by experiencing new things.

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AJ loves to scuba dive and snorkel, so we found outfitters who allowed children and with some minor adjustments, was able to snorkel in the Galapagos. Not to say every experience went our way. Our first attempt to snorkel as a family was at the Great Barrier Reef – not the best way to start when waves were bigger and we didn’t prepare our son for getting his face wet. Still, we learned from it so we could have a successful – and fantastic – experience in Bali and then later the Galapagos. If we had been afraid to try again, we would have missed swimming with sea turtles so close, one touched Aarav’s foot!

Natasha loves wineries and wine tastings, so we have also worked to find vineyards that welcome children and even have things for them to do so all of us could enjoy an outing. On one tour we tried, a group of nannies celebrating a girls’ trip happened to be with us. They played with Aarav the entire time!

Just because you loved to do something before you had children before doesn’t mean you have to give it up when you travel with your kids. We have found ways to take our son anywhere, from helicopter and gondola rides to snorkeling and safari trips. In our book, we highlight nine experiences we’ve done with our son (many of them multiple times) — experiences you thought would be too hard to do with children — and share tips so you can do the same.

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