Traveling with children is utterly beautiful. Seeing the world through your children’s eyes is a feeling that can’t be expressed in words! Travel the world with kids and know it for yourself.
I gave birth to my daughter before I even had a passport, and I thought travel was too crazy and dangerous for little ones. Traveling with children seemed like an insane concept.
The sudden overnight train journey with my 2-months old daughter changed my perceptions. I realized…having children doesn’t have to stop you… unless you let it.
Both of us (I and hubby) love to travel. We decided that our wanderlust should be gratified, even with a kid.
We knew if we have to live our dream it had to include our little child. This crazy dream to travel the world with kids, learning a new language, and exposing our daughter to different cultures blossomed with each passing day.
Of course, we go through struggles and hardships to make ends meet and to live this dream. We save, we sacrifice other desires or things on our wish list and believe traveling to be a fine investment.
We feel that it’s more important to invest in life experiences, rather than on the next new designer or material things!!
NO travel experience didn’t stop us from exploring. Somehow stories of others’ experiences inspired us. We chose to travel as a way of life for our family.
When I look back, memories of how we started, where we started and how far we have reached make me smile…It certainly has been a wonderful journey and it still continues.
Travel the World with Kids – Family Travel
Traveling is an adrenaline rush in itself, however, traveling with children is a different level of adventure altogether.
We set ourselves a challenge…instead of giving our daughter stack of expensive toys on her birthdays that obviously she’s likely to grow out of and forget about anyway; let’s use her birthdays as an opportunity to gift her with lasting memories.
We created this annual tradition of traveling to new places on her birthdays. It started with our daughter’s first birthday in Goa and the tradition continues till now and hopefully will.
Augmenting our daughter’s classroom education with travel around India and the world has helped her grow in amazing ways.
I believe that raising children well means exposing them to as much of the world as possible.
We combined our family’s birthday and festival budgets and took her on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland on her eighth birthday!
It took a lot of saving and a bit of planning on our part but certainly, it became an unforgettable experience and the one our daughter will cherish for the rest of her life. It was a dazzling new experience for our young one, and for us too (forever young at heart).
When it comes to giving gifts to our kids; toys and gadgets come in handy but nothing beats the gift of experiences that create long-lasting memories and enrich your little one’s experience of the world.
Kids Know Better What We Show Them Rather Than Tell Them
Think back to when you were a child. what’s your favorite memory?
Perhaps it’s a family holiday, or of you playing and chatting with your best friend or maybe winning a trophy at your school’s sports event…Can you remember those birthday gifts you got during your childhood?
It’s not easy, is it? In retrospect, the ‘things we got’ as kids were never as memorable or remained as important to us as the ‘things we did’. And this holds as true today as it was when we were kids.
Buying your child expensive toys for his or her birthday may be a lot easier than planning and implementing a trip or a day out or picnic, but it’s also of least value to your little one’s experience of the world.
Teach and Show your kids that having materialistic things is not the way to happiness, experiences are. Take them to a museum or the zoo for the day, so you can all share the experience together.
Just Imagine This
One day while you’re having coffee with your friends or relatives in your cozy living room; someone looks at the picture of your child hanging on the wall and liked it so much that he asks, “Where was that photo of your daughter taken? It’s so natural and beautiful!”
And here you begin a story about your daughter witnessing a baby turtle on the beach for the first time in her life and how she desired to touch it. How you helped your daughter to hold that little turtle in her palm and she had this smile…this smile like – out of the world!
And how your daughter slowly slides her hands out to touch that little wonder and that look on her face! Well, that’s when you took that picture. Yes! And your guests are in awe! 🙂
The whole idea of this post is that your children deserve to see the world. Give your children the gift of travel. Give your child more memories and less stuff.
Help them grow and develop confidence.
There are zillions of good reasons why travel may just be the best thing you ever do for your kids.
Offer your kids a real education. There’s a lot of difference between hands-on learning and classroom education.
Nothing inspires awe or action like learning about something first hand. New experiences flicker ideas; start conversations and children begin to ask questions and care about things they never even thought about.
I understand, classroom learning has its own place but nothing can compare to the awareness of dimensions, meaning, implications and realization that happens as you witness new cities and countries, smell different places, withstand different types of weather or climate, embrace different cultures, taste different cuisines, try new adventures, take new roads, and take new risks.
Travelling is inclusive learning. It’s scientifically proven that new experiences increase memory retention, besides helping us feel good.
You tell me, does sitting in a classroom learning about the pyramids or mummies or for that matter, anything in the world can be compared in any way to actually visiting them? NO. Mark Twain rightly quoted, “I never let schooling interfere with my education.”
My daughter learns while she travels. Trekking to Kheerganga in 2017 changed my daughter’s life in ways I couldn’t imagine. Her restlessness and aggression changed to positive behavior.
Where my regular lessons on sustainability didn’t work, there a trek to the Himalayas does the magic. Getting so close to nature made her aware of the ecosystem. She learned to be responsible enough to keep the environment clean.
Kids learn more when they use all their five senses which is only possible when they are out venturing out in the world.
We often hear people say that travel and adventure isn’t for people who have taken on the responsibility of raising kids.
People make excuses that it’s expensive and inconvenient to travel with kids. But that’s not true. I can say that with a tad-bit experience I have of traveling the world with my kid. In modern times, countries are broadening their borders – selling cheaper flights, carving new roads, literally and figuratively. Sure, it’s not easy.
It takes a lot of work, and planning and often requires sacrificing few things (I mean there are compromises which come when you follow the concept of traveling with children) to take your children along on an out-of-town or country vacation, but it’s worth it!
Traveling With Kids is Challenging Yet Rewarding
Undoubtedly, Traveling with children is challenging.
Of course, most of the time spent traveling isn’t about exotic places or the postcard-perfect pictures as they portray. Just being real, here!
It’s sand in your swimsuit, dirty feet, heat, sunburns, long and tiring flights, ugh…layovers, waiting in customs lines and at borders, inconveniences and travel exhaustion. You and kids get tired and hungry.
Tempers get short. Sometimes, you drive each other crazy. Travel as a family is difficult and challenging. Yet anything difficult has the opportunity to help you grow.
All these challenges help your kids in developing patience, perspective, and personal development.
We try not to get hassled and always make fuss-free, fun plans so our daughter enjoys every bit of it. It saves you from a lot of trouble.
Traveling With Children Teach You How To Get Along Better
Ultimately, traveling with kids is just learning on the road, in foreign places, but it’s still just parenting. And you learn best by doing.
One is compelled to learn new methods for not just enduring but blossoming. You grow closer, bond better and create lifelong memories.
And when you come back to routine life; you and your children will be very different (certainly better) people when you return from a memorable journey.
What Does Travel Do To Children?
Now at the age of eight, my daughter is bold, and unafraid to start conversations with any person, of any age, culture or language. Sometimes this involves using hand signals and pointing, with people that don’t share a common language or language she doesn’t comprehend.
But her confidence to engage in conversation and make friends wherever she goes has been enhanced by traveling to different places. On our recent trip to Lapland, she made friends with Santa 🙂
Travelling nourishes. It has a pianissimo influence on the heart, expanding the impact on the brain and tranquilizing effect on the soul. It teaches fearlessness, perseverance, and patience. Traveling is food for the soul.
World Schooling, adventuring, life-learning, whatever you call it, more parents are doing it! World Schooling isn’t just a concept but a movement now.
Believe me, the idea of exploring this big, beautiful world with your kids is exciting! Damn Exciting!
You can’t sum it up in a single post. Some parents say that there’s no point in traveling with children because it’s too much hassle and they won’t remember it anyway.
I’m reminded of this quote by Barbara Bush “Memories make a fine cushion for old age.” So, you travel not only to give them memories or experiences but to compile sweet reminiscences for yourself too.
Things your little ones do while traveling will add a soft and sweet place to your devoid and alone years. Those memories will become your boon companion when you are old.
I loved traveling when I was single. I loved traveling with my hubby just after we were married. But I love it more now that we travel as a family.
Kids change everything, we’ve heard it before. And, for the most part, that change is pretty awesome.
A Family That Travels Together Stays Together
We’ve discovered (as a family) that we really love travel. Our daughter loves it as much, or more than we do – really! What’s the most rewarding part of being a parent?
When you see your kid is happy, loving every part of her or his life, growing in confidence and enjoying experiences. That’s unparalleled joy and is one of the best feelings in this world for a parent. Isn’t it?
These are the experiences our child ought to have. Traveling with children instills the value of family fun and togetherness. Your child deserves to leave her/his little corner of comfort, in order to gain broad, wholesome experience.
This world is big and beautiful, and just because it’s there, it deserves to be seen. A Chinese proverb says “Travelling a thousand miles is better than reading a thousand books”. So, if you want your kids to grow up fun, fearless and fabulous, take them on many journeys.
Let this world become their classroom and the words they read on a page come alive. Bring it on!
What are your thoughts on traveling with children? Can you think of any other reasons you should travel the world with kids while they are still little? Do you have any favorite family memories of your travel?
Maybe you did take your children on a wholesome vacation – how did they react? Suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!
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