Why You Absolutely Should Travel With Your Kids
Gone are the days of unimaginative holidays, cocktail sipping, club hopping, and late nights. If you are looking to broaden your horizons, take your kids alongA vacation is a time to relax, to unwind, and to take yourself away from all the stresses of daily life. It’s a time when you look forward to something new, something that excites your senses. You expect to come back refreshed, and take on the world (and your job!).
So when you think of a trip away, do you envision just your partner and yourself? Or maybe a few friends along with? Are you the kind of person who subscribes to the thought – ‘A vacation with kids is not a vacation; it is simply a change of location’?
The truth is, travelling with kids can be a huge drain on your relaxation time. But another truth is, it can be the most eye-opening, fun time for both parents and children.
Here are our top reasons for not leaving your children with the grandparents, come vacation time:
1. Bonding – This is a no-brainer, but families that vacation together make a lot of memories. And there’s nothing like shared memories to make a family come together – some that might make you a bit sad, or scared, and some that might have you laugh so hard that you’re snorting juice out your nostrils.
2. Broadens your horizons – It goes without saying that the kids’ horizons are broadened when they travel. They learn about new cultures, they see how others live, speak, eat, think, and there is an opportunity at every step of the way to explain newer perspectives to them. What we don’t realise, however, is that it is also an opportunity for the parents to learn from their children. Typically, children see the world in a much different way than adults. A beach might excite them in a way that will never excite most adults, even if the adult has never seen the sea before. The passions, the joys, the wonder expressed by kids is occasion enough for the parents to broaden their horizons where emotions and mental wellbeing are concerned.
3. Adapting to change – Whether you’re going for a frugal trek into the hills, or a luxury vacation at a beach resort, the children have left behind their fixed routines. There are no regimented activities, no classes they have to attend, and no fallback toys that they can play with in case of disagreement with a sibling or just sheer boredom. A new way of life (even if for a few days) prevents children from becoming too rigid, and helps them learn how to adapt to change.
4. Builds character – Vacationing builds character in the best way possible. Children learn to be compassionate and considerate, they become troopers, inculcate patience, acquire life skills, and so much more. When children leave the safety of their own homes, they find that these qualities are not just a bonus, but an imperative.
5. The vastness of time – This departure from routines also has the benefit of making parents more creative. Once where you only got to spend a few hours with your child on a daily basis, now you’re together all the time. If you’ve decided to have a vacation without devices (and you should), you’ll be forced to find new ways to keep your children occupied. Maybe you’ll make up games, have singalongs, or even climb a tree with them!
6. A different vacation – If you’ve been the type to mostly spend a holiday laying by the beach sipping cocktails, shopping, clubbing, and eating out, now is the time to do something different. Going with the kids for a trip automatically rules out certain activities, such as late-evening fancy meals and too much shopping. You’ll spend time doing more kid-friendly stuff, which means newer experiences for you too. And after the children go to sleep, you’ll enjoy cuddling with your partner more than you would have if you were out dancing instead.
7. A different kind of school – For older kids, it is a joy to see and feel things they have been learning about in school. Not only will it build interest, it will make them eager to learn more too. Seeing new things fuels curiosity and wonder in kids, away from what they are ‘supposed’ to learn, so when you get back, they’ll be raring to go, as far as school is concerned. Apart from that, studies have shown that children who go for study abroad programs have an improved performance in school after they return. If it works when you’re older, it will work better when you’re younger!
8. Because the world needs people who respect others – When you travel with your children, and move outside the boundaries of what they know, they see and understand a lot more. They learn to accept and respect different people, cultures, lifestyles, languages, and habits. This is what the world needs, today, and always.
Even though vacationing together as a family has immense benefits, sometimes, a vacation alone, or just with your partner, is what you crave. And that’s fine too. Because me-time is something you should never have to apologise for.