Mum Lists: 5 Reasons To Travel With The Family
Simon Migaj

Traveling is not only a fun and enjoyable family bonding activity, it is also one of the most life-enriching experiences we can give to our children. As they enjoy while traveling, they also learn about geography, about different cultures, as well as the big world around them they would only often see on the tellie. Whether we opt for a local destination or pull out all the stops and book a St John homes for rent on our next trip, the family is bound to not only enjoy the experience but also learn so much from the trip.

Although, parents might find a number of reasons to put off that travel adventure with their children, including budget, schedule, as well as other concerns, here are a few reasons why you ought to consider traveling with the family now no matter what age your children may be:

Making Memories

One of our primary goals as parents is to fill our children’s memory banks with wonderful moments and special events in their lives while they were little. These memories will live on long before the parents are gone and will be a source of never-ending joy and comfort throughout their grown-up lives.  What better way to build up on our little ones’ core memories than to fill it up with awesome travel adventures and activities that both the grown-up and children enjoys. May it be camping, going to the beach, or visiting the animals at the park, these travel adventures will be filled with special and once-in-a-lifetime moments that are bound to be remembered by the kids. You can also take many photos during the trip and make a scrapbook of your travel once you are home. Aside from photographs, you can fill this travel scrapbook with museum tickets, dried flowers and leaves from the resort you stayed in, as well as other mementos from your travel. The children are bound to enjoy the trip a second time as they help you finish your scrapbook.  

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Exploring New Places

It does not matter whether you opt for a local heritage city like Vigan or St. John in the Caribbean, exploring new places will always be a good reason to plan your next travel adventure. Learning and exploring a new island or community, as well as its colorful culture, the delicious delicacies, and the vibrant local folks, is yet another great family bonding activity the children are bound to remember. Immersing in the local vibe and taking in the positive energy from the excited tourists around is bound to make the experience even more memorable.

Enjoying New Experiences

Traveling to a new place together as a family will not only give you a new glimpse on each other’s personalities but will also allow for you to bond even more as you experience new and exciting things together. While enjoying new experiences, like rock climbing, or snorkeling, or zip-lining, traveling will also give the parents fresh new insights about their children’s idiosyncrasies and provides opportunities to see them in a different light. In the same manner, the children will also get a bird’s eye view of their parent’s different side as they enjoy a go at the swing or play in the water like children, which they do not often experience at home.

Spending Time Together

Whisking the family away on vacation will present a different atmosphere and vibe from what the children usually experience at home. While away from work and household chores, the parents can focus more on the children and enjoy their company. Spending a quiet evening by the beach, talking about anything at all as you enjoy the cool ocean breeze and count the stars, is a delightful experience all the members of the family will enjoy. Taking a break from your daily routine will also prove to be a very relaxing experience for each member of the family. Spending time together will also make you grow even closer as a family.

Make It Educational

Of course, any activity is also an opportunity to teach your children and traveling is no exception. Apart from the obvious geography lessons, you can also make it a great opportunity for the children to learn more about another culture entirely different from your own. You can include lessons about History, Art, Science, as well as other applicable subjects. A trip at a local museum or art exhibits will also prove to be filled with amazing and wonderful discoveries. Learning more will not only encourage the children to travel often but it will also pave the way for them to discover new interests, pursuits, and passions, which they just might end up enjoying or turning into a career or profession when they grow up.

I am sure you can think of more reasons to seize opportunities to travel with the family. Sometimes, you do not really need to wait until the little ones are of a certain age as I am sure you can find enough reasons to travel with them while they are small. It might be a tad challenging to do so, but with careful planning and preparation, you are bound to enjoy taking a trip with your toddlers as much as traveling with them when they are old enough. You can check out some tips and tricks on how to make traveling with kids stress-free here. This article on things to consider when planning for a family vacation will also be a worthwhile read. And if you want to get them more excited about traveling, do not forget to let them in on the travel planning, too! ;)

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is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.