This holiday season, give your children the gift that keeps on giving: the gift of travel. Traveling can teach them something more than good education can ever will, so start them early and let them learn these lessons while on the road: Lesson #1: Adaptability Travel will give your children the opportunity to go outside […]
November 13, 2019
This holiday season, give your children the gift that keeps on giving: the gift of travel. Traveling can teach them something more than good education can ever will, so start them early and let them learn these lessons while on the road:
Lesson #1: Adaptability
Travel will give your children the opportunity to go outside of their comfort zone and pick up some life lessons along the way. From getting the wrong directions to missing a flight, it will show them early on that, while not everything might go their way, they have the capacity to deal and successfully overcome a curveball.
Lesson #2: Patience
There are travel days when it feels like all you’ve been doing is waiting: at the airport’s boarding gate, in a queue for a carnival ride, at the entrance of a cartoon-themed restaurant. It’s like a recipe for a tantrum, but try to turn it into a learning experience. Teach your children how to make the most of waiting, whether through activity books, storytelling or people watching.
Lesson #3: Sense of adventure
In a world where everything is constantly on, it’s nice to let your kids explore, enjoy and live the vacation to its fullest. Let them be curious and share with them the wonder of discovery outside of their usual toys or gadgets. Teach them about different cultures, to see the beauty in diversity.
Lesson #4: The art of wandering
These days it’s easy to find your way through Google Maps, Waze, or even an old school printed map. While travel planning will definitely make it a less stressful vacation, try to leave some room to just explore and wander around. You never know what you and your kids will discover! Getting lost will also encourage them to embrace the act of leaving one’s comfort zone and to not be shy to ask for directions or help if needed.
Lesson #5: How to handle money
Handling finances might not be on your priority list of life lessons for young children, but starting them early will do them good. Give them small pocket money and let them figure out which things they can buy and for how much; or show them the ropes of simple mathematics.
Lesson #6: Curiosity
Being in a new destination will encourage young children to look into the local customs, traditions, food, language and practices. Further foster their curiosity by teaching them how to come out of their shell – whether it’s learning the basics of a new language, talking with a local, signing up for an activity not available at home, or something as simple as eating a dish that’s not their usual fried chicken. New places give you the gift of new opportunities, so take advantage of this.
Lesson #7: Confidence
Kids learn a lot about themselves while traveling, helping them define who they are as individuals. They gain new perspectives and real-world knowledge, coming home a better, maybe even wiser, version of themselves.