I make it a goal to put together a short video from every trip we take. What inspires me most is watching how these videos help our children retain their memories. Our children can recall moments on vacation as young as 3 years old. I believe occasionally looking over photos and video is partial to thank for this.
I often hear people say they want to wait until their children get older to travel so their children can remember the vacation. I respect this, however, my husband and I have always done the exact opposite, for many reasons.
First, the only guarantee we have in life is our current moment. Of course, we need to plan and budget, but make those memories you've been dreaming of happening sooner than later. Don't wait for the perfect time, because there's really no "perfect time".
Second, My husband and I believe that these adventures live inside of us and make us who we are, from the very youngest age. I've watched my 1 year old fall in love with the Colorado Mountains and I've watched my 2 year old fall in love with dolphins. And through their eyes, I've fallen in love with each and every adventure we've taken.
Third, it doesn't matter that they won't remember, we will never forget. There's value in any trip. Like the closeness it brings, and the little moments my husband and I share adoring our children, and each other.
Document your adventure. Then take the time to watch and relive your adventures. I'll be sharing details soon for those of you curious about our Hawaii itinerary.