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It Started with Penguins
It was a simple request: “I want to go to Antarctica.” It came from my daughter who was studying penguins in school. She was three. I said yes.
I mean, of course I said yes. I wanted to go to Antarctica, too! And she was my first child and I had no idea that other parents didn’t let their kids choose their travel destinations.
I picked up the phone, called National Geographic Expeditions, and asked them what an appropriate age for Antarctica was. They suggested eight, since at that age kids can appreciate where they are in the world, follow the educational sessions that would be taking place on the ship and entertain themselves on the ship. I hung up and told my daughter that we would go when she turned eight.
She was a little disappointed with the time frame, as was I.
But It Really Started with a Cartoon
Looking down at my disappointed daughter, I quickly asked if there was anywhere else that she wanted to go first. She said that she had seen the Sydney Opera House on a cartoon and wanted to see it and touch it in real life. Plus, Australia has kangaroos and koalas and all sorts of fun animals. We quickly went online and booked a trip.
A New Tradition
That trip to Australia in April 2010, just a few months after my daughter turned four, was the start of a tradition. Every year after that I asked her where she wanted to go, and every year we went. We visited Hong Kong. We traveled to Sydney again. We visited Bali a couple of times. And for her eight-year-old trip we went to Antarctica. Antarctica was amazingly kid-friendly, and National Geographic had been correct with its age recommendation – eight was perfect.
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