In hindsight, I'm so happy we didn't do that because these trips are some of the best memories we have. As my kids get older, I'm excited to keep exposing them to different cultures and educational experiences.
My desire for this first major trip was to gain a new perspective on travel. There's so many times in life that we are taught that there's only one way to do things. There's only one right way. But when you travel your mind opens up and you see that there are many different ways to approach anything in life.
Trying to figure everything out was a bit of a challenge. Things like, how would we deal with the car seat and the rides to and from the airport in Sardinia? It was a small little island that didn't have great public transportation.
How would we deal with the formula and all the extra things we had to bring?
And was it the right thing to take my under six month old on an airplane? Flights to Europe are long and that was something I struggled with.
I'm so happy we went because I learned so many lessons and gained a new perspective on traveling with kids. Now we have created a lifestyle of travel and it is part of who we are.
But when I was planning our very first trip I realized a problem that was occurring. I was re-working the trip so often. I didn't know what order to do things in. I would start with my hotel and then I'd have to change it based on things we wanted to do - again and again.
I was wasting time, doubting myself, and double-checking things. I didn't have any confidence, direction or understanding of what what to do.