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. While travel enables families to form a stronger bond, children also benefit from the new experiences it brings and adults gain a greater appreciation for what’s around them. But this is just the beginning; read on to find out why travelling with family truly is life enriching.
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. Sharing this time means shared experiences from the road too, which ultimately become treasured memories and stories that will be told for years to come. And along with the journey’s high points and successes comes laughter from the unpredictable situations travel places people in. On a journey, even the simplest experiences, such as a meal, can become cherished moments. While all of this is going on, the people and surroundings continuously change, with only the family unit remaining the same in each destination.
A 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.
A Better Appreciation
Wherever in the world a family happens to be, each member brings different qualities to the group. And this is more evident than ever in travel. 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.
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. Family adventures promote independence, self-confidence and interpersonal skills, and the more people travel, the more their curiosity and sense of adventure grows. Days spent hiking through the mountains and swimming in the sea, promote an active lifestyle and appreciation of the outdoors. And as travel inspires each individual, these new ideas and fresh perspectives are carried through into everyday life.
Set out on an adventure with your family by joining one of the Trafalgar family trips.
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