Having a family is more than a privilege. However, most of the time, it is something that is being overlooked by many. We get too overwhelmed by the things around us that we forget the most important thing that exists along with us – our family.
But this should not be the case. Family should always come first. Because in the end, they are the people who will stand by you no matter what happens. So you should understand that there’s no time to waste. Show them you love them while they’re still around. Don’t let regrets eat you alive. Make as much memories as you can with them.
Travel with them.
Aside from paving the way for life-changing experiences, travelling is one of the best ways to strengthen a family’s bond. And now that the holidays are fast approaching, you might want to make it extra special and consider travelling with your family. Though it may be tiring going about the planning, being on the road and finally reaching your destination to start activities you’ve prepared, everything you do with the people you love will always be worth it.
Also, travelling is a good way to educate your children. As they say, we cannot learn everything inside the four walls of a classroom. As parents, you have to do your part in educating your children. And going to different places, introducing them to new things and experiences are some of the ways you can impart knowledge to them.
A glimpse of World Schooling
What exactly is world schooling? The concept is basically about combining travel and education. It’s a revolutionary approach that parents are now putting into consideration as a way to educate their children. And contrary to the traditional way of educating children through schools, in world schooling, you go out, see the world and learn by firsthand experience.
And now that we know that this kind of concept exists, we can say that travel isn’t just for pure enjoyment and leisure. Yes, some may say that world schooling is a huge risk to take. But we’re not saying that you use this concept for your children’s education. We simply want you to see and accept the fact that travel is an essential part of your family’s life. We want you to understand that travelling helps children, particularly in forming their perspective about things around them and prepare them for the life ahead.
Travelling: expensive but definitely worth the money
Some may say, “I’d rather use the money for our expenses at home than travel and spend it for a day or two.” But what we don’t realize is that travelling isn’t just about spending for nothing but fun that will just fade away as time goes by. The truth is, it’s actually a form of investment when you come to think of it. Travels are your investment on time spent with your loved ones, memories you create with them and on learning experiences that it can give to your children.
Understanding what travel is to your family
Most of us have been busy throughout the year so far – either with work or school. So, now is the perfect time to plan something special for your loved ones – and that is to travel.
But before you even plan a trip, here are the benefits of travelling with your family that you need to understand:
1. Travelling gives you the space you need.
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen
All of us have our own daily tasks and errands that we need to attend to. Also, may it be in school or work, we all have our own deadlines to meet. And honestly, travelling is just what we need to get some rest and time away from all these things even just for a while. We all know that if we don’t try to do something to get some rest, we’ll get burn out. And when we don’t get over stress, we become in distress and it will surely affect how we deal with things. Also, this doesn’t do us any good especially inside the house because it might affect your relationship with each family member.
2. It is an opportunity to spend quality time together.
“Travelling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” – Leigh Hunt
Going on travels gives us the opportunity to spend time with our family without being interrupted by the usual daily routine that we have. It’s the perfect time to set aside all the work you do at school or at the office and just focus on your loved ones.
When we travel, we get to hear and laugh at each other’s stories given the time that we spend on the road and on other activities set for the trip. This kind of bonding with the family is really something refreshing because this doesn’t usually happen due to our busy days back in our hometown.
3. Travels provide learning experiences for everyone.
“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides
Travelling to new places introduce us to different cultures, food, people and other things that makes up a place’s identity.
Mostly, the idea of experiencing these things excite grown ups. But it is actually a good thing for children. Because at their young age, they’d be given the opportunity to be exposed to the diverse world we are in. And These encounters help shape their perception about the world. As John Hope Franklin said, ““We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” So take your children to travels, go on adventures and allow them to experience the world firsthand.
4. Travelling teaches children about problem solving skills.
Even if we create a plan before going on a family trip, not everything goes the way we expect them to. We cannot completely avoid problems like someone getting sick, travels being delayed, change in weather condition and others which can happen anytime. However, one good thing about problems is that they serve as lessons to parents and their children.
In addition, the way parents handle these problems serve as an example to their children. Without even knowing, the things that you do, teach your children about how they should handle issues on their own when they experience the same thing you did.
5. Travels develop a sense of appreciation in us.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
Although tiring, travelling with children is truly refreshing. And seeing their genuine reactions when seeing amazing sights or doing activities for the first time make us realize how it feels good to see and appreciate things the way they do. Also, with them being inquisitive in nature, we learn new things as they kept asking about all the things they see for the first time.
6. Travelling develops children’s adaptive skills.
“With age comes wisdom. With travel comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake
As travels expose children to different cultures and people, their horizons are broadened. And as they learn about how diverse cultures are, they become more open-minded, they learn to respect differences and they develop skills for adapting socially which is essential as they go on with life later on.
7. Travelling with the family will make us realize many things.
“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” -Miriam Beard
When going to different places, we see people’s different living conditions. And as we see people in living in unfortunate situations we realize how blessed we are to have roofs above our head to keep us safe and warm and food to eat everyday. Such encounters also create compassion in us. These certain circumstances that children witness, will one way or another affect how they see the world. This eventually makes them think of ways on how they can make a difference in people’s lives.
8. Travelling teaches children about enjoying fruits of their labor.
“When you travel with children, you are giving them something that cannot be taken away – experience, exposure and a way of life.” – Pamela T. Chandler
It’s always better to teach children things that they should learn while they’re young. So as young as they are, develop in them a strong sense of work ethics and proper money management in any way possible like travelling.
And knowing that travels can be expensive, they are actually perfect ways to show children that hard work can result to awesome vacations. So the next time you plan a trip with the family, you can teach them about saving and budgeting for the travel we’re looking forward to.
9. Travels form friendships within the family.
“Although I really like the people I travel with, family is just different. And having them around at all times is really a nice thing – and a luxury.” – Nick Jonas
Back home, we usually spend more time at work with more opportunities to talk with our co-workers. Same is true with children who go to school everyday and spend more time with their classmates and friends.
However, this isn’t the way life should be. We should be closer to our families than anyone else. And travelling every once in a while, can help fix the situation. Aside from this, we get opportunity to just enjoy each other’s company and be reminded that whatever happens, we are the ones who’ll always have each other’s back.
10. Travelling awakens the adventurer in you.
Children are born explorers and they always love adventures and discoveries. With such innate quality, travelling with them brings out the adventurer in you. Always remember and be inspired by what Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” So, as you join them in the journey to discover new things during travels, just cherish each moment and you’ll see how delightful the experience can be.
11. Travelling with the family creates memories to treasure.
“In the end, kids won’t remember that fancy toy or game you bought for them. They will remember the time you spent with them.” – Kevin Heath
What a great way it is to create new memories with your family through travels. Aside from the fact that you’ll be able to visit new places, try new dishes and meet people, doing these things with the people you love make the travel extra special. And when you grow older, these trips you’ve had before give you the chance to sit down with the family and reminisce about the unforgettable travel experiences you’ve had with them.
Enjoy your travel, enjoy every moment with your family
“In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived, How well we have loved, How well we have learned to let go.” – Jack Kornfield
Now that we have gone over all the good things that travelling can do to your family, you may now be able to plan for a better and meaningful trip. Remember, you never really lived a good life if you’ve just gone through it like a routine. You have to live your life to the fullest and do it with your family.
And now that you see how life enriching travelling is for the family, money should not be such a huge problem. Always remember that you can plan for a trip ahead of time and start saving for it together with your children. And it isn’t really a problem if it took you a long time to save for the trip. What matters more is that you made it happen. And saving money for the trip together with your children makes it even more special and memorable. So what else are you waiting for? Start planning the next most memorable travel for the family.