FAMILY TRAVEL: 4 reasons you should travel with your children

14 May 2016
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‘To travel is to live,’ said celebrated children’s author Hans Christian Anderson. Seeing new places and taking a break from routine invigorates, refreshes and inspires us. Of course, Hans probably never had to travel with kids screaming ‘are we there yet?’ in the back of his horse and carriage! Here's why you should throw caution to the wind though, and take your kids away.

1. Quality time

It’s a term that’s a little overused, but ‘quality time’ really is invaluable for families with children of any age. Taking a trip together means switching off from work, school and household chores, and just being in each other’s company for a while. You might find time to talk about some of the things that get missed in the daily rush and get to know a little more about what’s important to your kids right now.

2. New experiences

Travel is also about sharing new experiences with your children.

If you’re travelling far afield, encourage the kids to learn about the local culture, food and language as you do. If you’re staying close to home, keep in mind that even a spot you’ve visited 10 times before will still hold new experiences for growing children. Can they swim further this year than last year? Are there new kinds of shells on the beach?

Caz Makepeace, creator of popular travel blog yTravel, explores the world for a living with her husband and young children. Travelling with kids “helps them become global thinkers”, says Caz. “It fosters a deep curiosity, which I believe is where all innovation starts. We want children growing up to be amazing innovators and open-minded thinkers.”

3. Life skills

Taking a trip also comes with a bundle of opportunities for bigger life lessons and skills development. Encourage the kids to help you out with research, planning, budgeting and following maps. Once you’re on the road, there will be learning opportunities around tolerance, sharing, patience and resilience, especially if anything should not go to plan.

In Caz’s experience, spending time discovering new places and stepping away from routine has made her kids more confident, adaptable and willing to try new things. “They learn how to stay connected to awe and wonder,” Caz says. And she believes they will carry a deeper appreciation of the world with them for life as a result of these experiences.

4. Memories

One of the most important reasons to get out and about with your family is that it creates amazing memories! We all remember the family holidays we took as children: from our first time on a plane to the camping trip when it rained or the day we visited a special museum or zoo. These memories become building blocks for the picture we carry through life of our childhood, as well as our experience of parenthood. Caz and her family are big believers in making the most of every day. “Embrace each moment that you have now,” she says. Whether it’s a major overseas holiday or a weekend at the beach, travelling with your kids is a fantastic way to create and appreciate those extra special family moments.

Are you planning to show your kids the world?

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Written by

Lara Cain Gray

Lara Cain Gray is a freelance writer, editor and blogger. Based in Brisbane, her office is whichever nearby café serves a decent long black with free wifi. Her professional background includes university research and museum curatorship. She continues to dabble in academia in her spare time, which is rare now that she’s also a mum of three quirky little humans. She blogs about her passions – books, the arts and family - at ThisCharmingMum.com

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