We’re recapping the lessons learned from our travels to Cuba. If you haven’t read our first lesson from traveling with kids to Cuba, do take a look!
Our second lesson from the trip?
#2 It’s Time to Become a Laid Back Traveler (and Let Go of Disappointment)
This was a hard one for us to swallow. While we love to travel and expose ourselves to different people, cultures and experiences we aren’t the most easy-going couple when things don’t go as planned. On this vacation, everything that could go wrong did (late luggage, our son’s fall on the stairs, etc.) and we learned a valuable lesson. See, we’ve always prepared well for our travels and while we’ve had our fair share of hiccups in our long journeys we managed to find our way around them.
In this trip we almost missed an entire day of sightseeing because our host took our keys by accident and essentially locked us in. With her cellphone simply not working (it’s Cuba!) we had no way of communicating with her. What did we do? We had to sit and wait, tranquilos. While at first we didn’t take to this too well we ended up embracing the reality that we may be locked up for an entire day! Letting go of the frustration allowed us to embrace the moment and be happier about the current circumstances (house arrest and all). In the end our son was having just as much fun in “house arrest” as he was outside exploring the town and the memories we sought to build while different carried the same emotions we hoped for— happiness.
Lessen the load, limit expectations and let go of disappointment. It makes for a much more pleasant trip, a happier parent and child, and builds equally beautiful and surprising memories minus the stress. It also helps provide perspective when things go awry in the everyday.
This will be one that will require a lot more work for us over time, but we’re up for the challenge!
Lesson 3 coming up soon. :)