About

Hi!  I'm Preethi.  I like to explore.

Our family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area about 2 years ago. We spent two months living in the city before moving closer to work. I've spent many hours googling things to do there and hope to share the wealth!

We also spent nearly 7 years living in the Washington, DC area, and another 7 in Philadelphia, so I'll also share our explorations up and down the East coast of the United States.

We are passionate about travel, especially with children. Daniel and I have each visited 49 states and 40+ countries; our children have visited 19, 10, and 3, and 2 countries, respectively. I can't wait to share what has worked and not worked for us, and, most importantly, to share the beautiful things we've learned from the people and places we've been fortunate enough to visit.

Beyond those unique and memorable experiences, I love exploring the interesting and the random, the sites, sounds and smells of daily life. I even love exploring through food and books in the comfort of my own home.

I hope this blog helps inspire you to explore, wherever that may be.


FAQ:

Q: Who's in your family?
A: Preethi (main contributer here), Daniel, plus 4 kiddos, aged 7, 5, 3, & 4 very cute months.

Q: Why do you travel?
A: It is really important to us to not just explore or travel to have fun; we have no interest in being perpetual tourists on permanent vacation. Rather, we choose to explore both at home and abroad in order to learn, serve, and build bridges, empathy, and understanding.

Q: What does it mean to you to explore local?
A: To us, exploring local means that our adventures...

...sometimes are budget friendly, and occasionally are a splurge.
...sometimes involve "just" going grocery shopping, especially if you have kiddos in tow!, and especially if we're in another country.
...sometimes include reading and learning at home.
...sometimes are go go go to get as much into a day off as we can, and sometimes are taking a day to relax.
...sometimes mean popping into a museum for just a couple hours to get a taste, and sometimes mean losing ourselves for hours because we can.

Basically, it means that we try to travel to other places in ways we'd behave at home, or ways that others would in their home cities that we visit. We like to get a taste of what it would be like to inhabit a place, to understand the culture and the language and the food and the history. It means we try to connect with the people as much as we can in whatever timeframe we have.

Q: Since you have 4 kids, do you only go to "kid-friendly" locations and attractions?
A: I guess this depends on what you mean by "kid-friendly"! We believe in exposing our kids to lots of “adult” interests - museums and hikes and culture. They’re interested! And often, they help us see those things in a new way. One of my favorite memories from our many trips to New York is taking our kids to the Met and the Cloisters - they noticed things in the unicorn tapestries and in the ancient pottery that opened our eyes to their mystery and importance.

Q: You say you explore at home. How do you do that?
A: We have an Instagram Stories series where we're learning about different countries. We're starting with ones we hope to visit soon. We're learning in little kid-sized bites about geography, literature, art, music, history, science, language, and, of course, food. We'd love to have you join in!

Q: Why do you choose to travel with your kids?
A: Does traveling with kids have its challenges? No question about it. They need naps and sometimes can't walk as far or as quickly and can't always carry all their own stuff. But we've found that they also bring so much good into our travels. Kids tend to be much better about being open to new experiences and cultures. They tend to have fewer inhibitions, and are great about starting conversations with locals (and build bridges for their parents to do so, too!). They do a great job at appreciating even the failures in travel - if something goes wrong or doesn’t work out, they get excited about even changes of plans and the smallest adventures, and tend to be fairly easy to please. And there's something about distilling knowledge to teach it to our children that helps us understand and appreciate it more. Overall, we really love exploring with our kids and hope to share what we learn with you!
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