Should you travel with kids? Absolutely yes! Kids can learn so much from traveling!
One of my favorite things growing up was traveling with my family. My dad is a doctor and when my sisters and I were growing up my dad would spend many hours working in the office. Most of the time that we spent with my dad revolved around family vacations. One positive effect of having your dad be a doctor is that we got to travel a lot. Since doctors have to keep up their certification every year by obtaining a certain amount of credits through attending medical conferences that is what we did. Every time my dad would travel for work we would travel with him. The nice thing is that the hotels where we stayed would be reimbursed by the hospital that he was working for.
So we all would climb in a car and spend the next several hours, days, and nights traveling. This was back in the days before GPS existed so we would get lost often. Also this was before technology was as advanced as today so we had to do things like read(OMG!) and color or play with toys. We would listen to tapes of Harry Potter and other family-friendly audiotapes and pass the time. We also had this crappy little TV where my sisters and I would watch videos. Being the oldest I had to unfortunately watch The Teletubbies or some other weird kids show up until I was a teenager. This time together made us have to talk and bond together.
My parents started us out traveling young. My sister was around two months old on her first trip across 4 states. When we were already a year old or even younger my parents would travel with us all the way across the ocean to Greece where my mom is from. The rule for Greek people is that for the first 40 days after a child is born they must stay at home or close to home so they won’t get sick. After that it’s fair game or at least for my mom it was. My family enjoyed the adventures we had together! This is why I think travel is such an important influence in kids’ lives.
There are many reasons why I feel that traveling young is important. Here are just a few things that kids can learn from travel: Continue Reading