Day 18: When in doubt, plus the experience

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I'm publishing late into the night tonight because we just arrived home from a long weekend visiting both the Columbus Zoo and The Wilds - the largest animal conservation facility in the country. Both facilities are filmed as part of the "Secrets of the Zoo" series from National Geographic, streaming on Disney+.

For Christmas, my best friend gave me several different experiences to choose from. I chose the behind the scenes tour at The Wilds. That tour, led by Adam - a member of the Wilds animal management team and a regular on the show - was absolutely fantastic. Adam regaled us with stories, got us right up close with the animals, and took his time with each and every person on the tour to answer questions. It was an incredible experience by every measure.

There are many ways to experience The Wilds, but this was one of the upper end opportunities - at about $250 a person. However, the experience was worth every penny and then some to me. I have said many times that Secrets of the Zoo got me through COVID lockdown. And that feeling of coming out the other side of COVID being on a tour bus with other people, unmasked, added to the immense value of this experience.

As we made our way home, my best friend and I discussed when these "plussed" experiences have been great for us - and it is in these cases. Go for the plussed experience anytime it has a special meaning to you. It has always been worth it to us. I think it may be worth it for you too.


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