Reasons Why Parents Should Travel With Their Kids
Apart from providing quality education and loving homes, one of the greatest things that parents can do for their children is to teach them to become citizens of the world. This is true especially if you and your spouse are used to travelling before having kids. There is no need to become entrapped in the standard life of domesticity that most families settle for. Having children doesn’t mean giving up the exciting life of the constant traveler. Here are some reasons why you should take your kids to travel and let them see the best that the world has to offer.
#1 Travelling is the best hands-on teacher
Travel with Family
You can only teach children so much in school. What’s better is to take them out of the confines of the classroom and let them see people and places with their own eyes. Giving them first-hand experience of foreign cultures and traditions will teach them more about life than just reading about them in history textbooks.
#2 Travelling is the ultimate adventure
Fun and Adventure with Kids
Parents are having enough problems as it is worrying about the lack of physical and social activities of kids due of the influence of games and the Internet. Having their passports stamped is a great way to get them off their feet and explore environments that they are not used to. Be the best parent that you can be by awakening your kid’s sense of adventure.
#3 Meeting people of different cultures will do wonders for their emotional health
Let your kids experience differnt cultures
Contribute immensely to your child’s emotional well-being by teaching him how to relate with other people. Make him see that people in other parts of the world do things differently, from the way they speak, the way they dress or the way they worship. Travelling with kids at an early stage will teach the little ones to accept people the way they are, regardless of language and skin color.
#4 Life is better experienced through the wonderful smorgasbord of food
Try different cuisines with your family
One of the best parts of travelling is being able to sample the different culinary delights that the world has to offer. Why deny this experience to your children? Of course, safety comes first when it comes to letting your kids eat foreign food. There are certain dishes that are not meant for the delicate stomachs of children so better choose ones that they can eat without getting sick.
#5 Travelling is the ultimate form of bonding
Bonding with Dad
Nothing can make people stick together like glue better than being alone together in foreign territory. There’s no better way to bond than spending time together in hotel rooms, tour buses, and tourist attractions. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know your kids better and vice versa.
#6 Seeing less fortunate people and circumstances will foster a sense of compassion in your children
Teach your kids how to share love
If your itinerary includes visiting areas with less fortunate people, take advantage of the situation to instill compassion into the hearts of your kids. Exposing your children to people from all walks of life will open their eyes and realize that not all are as fortunate as they are, to be able to travel the world and have safe homes to return to. The experience will help them later on as they grow into becoming caring, responsible adults.
#7 It will give them lots of great stories to tell
Create Beautiful Memories
Having lots of travel stories to tell will not only make them look cooler with their friends, it will also allow them to inspire other kids to get off their butts and travel. Most kids get stuck in their hometowns, not knowing that there is a great world out there for them to explore. It will give kids the inspiration to encourage their families to travel, or if not, make travelling a part of their goals later in life.
#8 It is an opportunity to get them closer to nature
Beach Trip with your Family
This is especially important if your family is living in the city. Your kids should be able to see beyond concrete walls and everyday traffic. There’s so many breathtaking beaches to frolic in, lots of majestic mountains to climb, and many great rivers to explore. Your kid should be able to see wildlife beyond the animals they can visit at the local zoo. Nature has its finest role in cognitive development of children. It also affects kids’ behavior, and gives children confidence that will help them when engaging others. Going to the beach for example has a lot of benefits too.
#9 It will teach them to become responsible
Teach Kids how to appreciate Nature
Respect for other people is one of the traits that your children will be forced to learn once they start dealing with people that have accents and hair color different from their own. This is a great opportunity to teach them to become sensitive to the practices and beliefs of others. It’s a skill that will help them later on in life as they progress to adulthood and have to deal with different types of people in the professional world.
#10 It allows them to immerse in different types of music
Accordion player in the park
If your kid has yet to develop his love for music, travelling abroad is a great way to make him hear the beautiful sounds that can unite people from all walks of life, regardless of culture and nationality. It’s not only the music that they hear from the radio or music players – it also includes the solemn hymns sung during Catholic mass, the beat of the bongo drums at the bazaar, and the hypnotic sounds from the snake charmer’s flute.
#11 Travelling will give them a perpetual sense of wonder
Discover Man-made Wonders
We see a lot of children grow up to become jaded adults because they haven’t seen enough of what the world has to offer. Travelling with your children can help make them see that the world holds wonders and possibilities that no one can fully see or experience.
#12 We only have one life to live and you want what’s best for your kids
Because life is just too darn short not to go out and travel. Travelling with your family not only makes you richer in terms of life experience, it also makes you a better parent. By showing your children the world, you become the best life teacher that they will ever have.