There are several reasons:
WE will remember
Sure, we need to make sure our son is entertained and enjoying himself, but we are there too, and we are paying the bill. So we pick places we would choose to go anyway, and find ways to incorporate play time, meals and nap times into the local destination. In Maui, it was a treat to visit the local playgrounds - B had a great time playing, while we enjoyed the beautiful view. And while he napped in the back seat of the car, we explored the island and ate lots of shave ice!
Practice for us
Mark and I are experts at getting us, toddler and all the gear through security checks at the airport. The more you do it, the easier it gets. I am no longer filled with angst when I think about lugging a B through the airport along with carry-on bags, luggage, a travel crib, and a car seat! And with all the things we need to pack for our son, we've learned how to pack lean and mean - which is extra important now that most of the airlines are charging for each checked bag.
I think of my own pre-baby travels and my time spent cycling in Europe and
Will B remember playing with other kids at a pre-school in
Norway, making sand castles in Hawaii or gawking at an endangered frog in ? Probably not. But with each trip, he has become more comfortable putting his blankie through the x-ray machine at the airport, with long flights and changing accommodations. Panama
Few of us will remember what we learned in grade one. But those lessons laid the foundation for what we learned in subsequent grades and hopefully led us all to be reasonably intelligent adults. My hope is by the time B becomes old enough to travel by himself, he feels no destination is beyond his limits.