08 Feb WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL WITH YOUR KIDS
”When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don’t even understand the language people speak. So you are like a child just out of the womb (…) At the same time, since all things are new, you see only the beauty in them, and you feel happy to be alive.”
Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage
Now imagine all of this but with your kids!
Traveling with kids may not be for everyone, but for those who see the world as an incomparably rich learning environment, family travel can be one of the most rewarding ways of traveling.
Here are some of the benefits of traveling with your children:
Create a stronger relationship, learn about yourselves
In our everyday life we tend to be too focused on our work, the daily problems and pressures of society or we just get too tired after work that sometimes we cannot work in a deeply way on our family relationship.
Getting away from your job and your kids packed schedule of activities can help you learn about each other and create a robust family dynamic. The result is a more understanding and self-supporting family intimacy.
Provide them with a world education. World is the best classroom!
Childs curiosity and innate desire to explore slowly gets shoved back into a box of rules, regulation, and conformity when they enter school.
But when you travel with your children, all of this is removed.
The world teaches your child based on their curiosities and interests. It’s a natural absorption of knowledge and inner knowing and experiential based learning schools can never replicate with such enrichment.
“Learning happens between the poles, not just between the ears.” Keith Bellows
Teach them to be responsible world travellers
We wish for our kids to be responsible world travellers, to learn how to travel with purpose and respectfully. To teach them how to not focus on merely being a tourist, but on how to appreciate our role as visitors to another country.
We love teaching our kids about how to support the local communities and businesses, about how to build bridges between our culture and theirs and about how to learn more about the people that live there! We want them to grow up to be mindful travellers, travellers that make conscious decisions about how they would like to travel and what impact they would like to leave behind.
They will learn to focus in accumulating moments instead of possessions or achievements
Dr. Thomas Gilovich, psychology professor at Cornell University says: “Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”
When children travel from an early age they learn to live from the present. Life is about enjoying experiences and accumulating memories. That’s what shapes who we are and is the only thing that we can take with us to the end.