Traveling with family might seem more like a task than a vacation: it’s expensive, time-consuming and it can also be stressful. The sad reality is, parents are getting busier these days that they’d rather not deal with travel planning. What they don’t know is how traveling together can be an enriching experience for both parents […]
November 13, 2019
Traveling with family might seem more like a task than a vacation: it’s expensive, time-consuming and it can also be stressful. The sad reality is, parents are getting busier these days that they’d rather not deal with travel planning. What they don’t know is how traveling together can be an enriching experience for both parents and children, something that’s overlooked by most families. Below, we list five important reasons why one must travel with family:
To detach from routine and stress
Families deal with different stressors, so traveling can be a great way to relax and pull away from chronic stress. Kids can teach their parents to unleash their inner child and rekindle their sense of adventure, while parents can share with them the rewards of hard work. Traveling as a family can also teach you to unplug and make memories together.
To learn new experiences
Traveling, whether local or international, will bring in new perspective for your kids. Not only will they be exposed to different cultures, people and places, they’ll also learn things they won’t necessarily pick up from school. By expanding their world, you also give them the opportunity to discover new things they might love. Kids are observant and are quick to pick up on details an adult might not necessarily see, so parents can also gain new perspective.
To teach kids how to adapt or compromise
Traveling won’t be perfect all the time. Even a well-planned vacation is open to spontaneous situations you have no control over, like a missed luggage, a flight delay or sudden illness. In these moments, parents can show their children the art of adaptability by teaching them real-life problem solving skills.
To encourage independence and self-confidence
Allowing your child to explore your destination on his terms will encourage independence and self-confidence. This can start before departure, from guiding him how to pack his own bag and encouraging him to take responsibility for his own luggage. You can also let him choose attractions or activities that he’d like to include in your family’s travel itinerary.
To discover your personalities and preferences
Does your family prefer to follow a schedule and an itinerary, or are you more of a go with the flow family? Maybe your eldest child enjoys jumping into new activities, while it takes more time for your youngest to warm up. Are you into sightseeing, while your partner is into thrill seeking? These are things that you will eventually learn while exploring.