The December holidays just around the corner (8th December 2016 – 10th January 2017) and families are all busy making plans on where to go and what to do. If you want to give your children an unforgettable holiday, travel with them. Family-travelling has so many benefits, but we’ve narrowed it down to 5 of the top benefits that it brings you as a family.
The Benefits of travelling as a family:
- Spend quality time together.
It’s away from life’s everyday distractions and long working hours that families really have the opportunity to spend uninterrupted time together, and at a much slower pace than at home. Perhaps the greatest benefit of travel is the way in which it enriches each person’s life. For a family, this can simply stem from having the time to spend together to talk and be in each other’s company. But travel can also encourage a greater focus in children on accumulating memories and experiences, rather than possessions; teaching them that their lives don’t have to be consumed by technology.
- Create lasting memories.
When enjoying a family holiday trip together, the smallest occurrences may become something that the whole family will remember, for the rest of their lives. Even the less than stellar moments will somehow become elevated to epic status, generating many conversations at family reunions for years to come.
- Experience the world through your child’s eyes.
Travel offers new sights, sounds, flavours, and experiences, but as adults, sometimes we become desensitized to these sensations. Children are naturally more inquisitive than adults, so having them around makes the family as a whole see what they otherwise might not have noticed. And seeing children’s reactions to the world’s most extraordinary sights and scenery can remind an adult to feel that appreciation, too. One of the great aspects of travel is meeting the local people and experiencing being amidst the community; as children inevitably make friends with the children around them, interactions with the community often open up. Children also have a tendency to ask more questions, so by trying to provide an answer, the whole family can learn something new.
- Global Education.
In recent years, studies have shown that travel benefits children’s education, as well as their ability to adapt socially. In fact, exploration and being placed among new cultures and with new people broadens all of our horizons. Having had eclectic experiences when they are young, children are better equipped to take on challenging situations in later life, and adopt a more open mind. Children are also thought to absorb knowledge more affectively through experiential learning, so while embracing new cultures, trying new cuisines and getting to know local customs, they may even pick up a little of the language. Responsible travel opens the minds of travellers of all ages, promoting the importance of the environment.
- You’ll learn together.
As we know, learning happens naturally and travelling exposes the whole family to new things, together. What makes these opportunities so different from a formal educational setting, where learning is passive, is that travel is participatory by nature. When a group of two or more are having the same experience, it invites the opportunity to process the experiences through conversation, which reinforces a deeper learning. Formal education removes the family element from the learning process. Travel brings it back.
Travelling with your family holds many benefits that will create life-long memories. From the beginning of a journey to long after arriving home, travel can be one of the most rewarding adventures a family can have together.