To be honest, Galapagos had never been on my bucket list before, as I quickly judged it as being too touristy, too “my not-very-adventurey parents would love to take a big cruise trip here” kind of place. But one of the great parts of travel is when I get to be proven completely wrong about a place I approached with preconceived notions. I explored the islands recently with my 12-year-old son Noah and Lindblad Expeditions and fell in love with the area. I got to see Noah completely engaged, whether he was swimming with penguins, kayaking alongside hammerhead sharks, learning about volcanoes, getting schooled about Darwin, seeing shipwrecks and whale bones, learning to grow coffee, or making friends with all sorts of exotic animals. Galapagos is the epitome of real-deal adventure, and I feel grateful for having been proven so wrong.