The benefits of travel with one child

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For my happiness and my marital happiness and simply the way I want to raise a kid, travel has a lot to do with that, and eating out, being out in the world. I have a lot of wander lust. I'm someone with a big appetite for all things. And I have found that including my kid in that is a really special thing, which doesn't mean that I necessarily take her out to fancy restaurants all the time, though she does like escargot, and it doesn't mean we have to get on a plane to Paris every month, though she has been there twice, and she's five. We find ways of making it work. So we're a lean team. We move pretty well. And she's got to have some incredible experiences already. And I find that they've shaped her already into a really open, curious, person. And it's made me find parenthood thrilling in ways that I've never anticipated. And it's allowed me to keep my marriage very exciting. We really like life on the run a bit. And it's fun to go to a different Japanese restaurant. Or it's fun to get on a plane and go somewhere that we don't know anything about. And I know that there are people who can pull that off with more kids, but I don't know that we could. And we're having a good time doing it this way.

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Lauren Sandler, MA

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Lauren Sandler is the author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, and a journalist who writes on cultural politics and gender issues for publications like Time, The New York Times, and Slate. And she’s as an only child and the mother of one herself. 

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