When it comes to traveling, it seems many people are immediately drawn to get to the places we are used to hearing about — Paris, Rome, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Cancun…I could go on and on. Right? Those are the places you are “supposed to go.” While they are all magnificent cities, they are also huge and in my opinion, provide more of a challenge to experiencing the true culture of the country you are in.
Our goal when traveling with our littles is to help them see the country we are visiting, to share as many of the little things that make each place so unique and special as we can. Through travel, we know that we can help open their eyes to new cultures through tastes, sounds, smells, conversations and experiences. So whenever we head somewhere new we know that we have to get away from the big city and share the smaller cities and communities off the beaten path with our kids. We are striving to raise global citizens who appreciate experiences more than anything else.
Now don’t get me wrong, we also find great value in sharing places like Amsterdam and New York City with our kids, but we try to spend a greater amount of time taking the road less traveled and experiencing the quieter moments in a new place.
We love when we check into a place and the front desk staff comments, “We don’t get many Americans here, what brought you here?” Then we get to pick their brain about their favorite places to eat, play, dance and relax in their town. Seriously. Makes my day.
You won’t find a ton of posts here about fancy resorts, all-inclusive experiences (although we do love to relax at one now and then) or mainstream major metropolitan areas…but you will find the stories and experiences from places you have never heard of and will immediately want to travel to.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson