There is no better gift you can give your kids than travel. Travel for a child is like a living classroom and is one of the best investments you can make for their education and future.
Children always remember their sense of adventure and research shows that being in a new environment and eliminating regular daily interferences actually allows kids to make neural connections that stick. I recently read a story that children can retain up to 16 different travel memories for their lifetime. What memories do you want them to retain and with who? Check out our 7 reasons to give your kids the Gift of family travel and make new family memories together.
1) Spark Their Sense of Exploring
Kids live for grand adventures, and a good journey or cruise is filled with unlimited possibilities. Whether they’re climbing the Maya Pyramids near Cancun, zip lining on the top deck of a cruise ship, whale watching in Alaska or learning how to ski in Austria, exploring the world in exciting ways builds both their courage and independence.
2) Develop Vital Life Skills
Our No. 1 priority as parents is to teach our children the life skills they’ll need to succeed. For this, travel is essential and an amazing educator. Trying to order pizza in Italian, navigate the London or NYC subways and train schedules or figuring out which cruise deck the soft serve ice cream machine is on provides the perfect opportunity for kids to practice communication skills, critical thinking and self-control. You can also get your kids involved in the logistics of the trip we plan for you, so that they can study maps and choose nearby restaurants and museums to visit.
3) Embrace Our Global Family
One of the central benefits of travel is learning about and celebrating the diversity of people and cultures in this world. Taking your kids on international journeys gives them a chance to forge important connections with their global brothers and sisters, thus developing empathy, tolerance and respect for others.
4) Education and knowledge
The best education I ever received was through traveling. Visiting cities, castles, national parks, historical sites and museums greatly increases your child education and understanding of the world and will bring their school textbooks to life.
They will also learn about the diversity of people and cultures in this world and can make new connections with other children and families. When back home, reading books, watching family movies and even the nightly news together becomes more interesting as they will know featured destinations and cultures they have experienced.
5) Gain Patience and Flexibility
Travel, like life itself, is totally unpredictable. While traveling with your children, they will have to learn how to be flexible, become more patient to handle delays, and learn that not every day at the beach will be sunny and 80 degrees. Travel has this way of instilling adaptability in us all, a lesson that everyone should learn at an early age.
6) Visit Landmarks together before they change
Sadly, our world is changing and everything has a shelf life. Only the Pyramids of Giza remain from the original 7 wonders of the ancient world. Alaskan glaciers are melting, Iconic World Heritage Landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral and ancient temples have been destroyed or burned, Venice is flooding, and many wildlife species are now extinct or can only be seen in zoos and aquariums. Enrich your children by visiting and experiencing these sites today before they change or disappear, so their memories live on.
7) Making Family Memories
Spending quality time together just makes families stronger. Even though a well-planned vacation or cruise should include some time for different age groups to pursue different activities, you’ll spend most of your time together, making memories and sharing adventures that you’ll never forget. Definitely include multi-generations whenever possible.
Ready to invest in family travel the only gift that makes you richer? Let us know how we can help or better yet, check out our annual Spring Break, Father's Day and Graduation family group cruises... Your family will have a blast on these perfectly planned trips. Thanks for reading and keep moving...
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