There are many benefits of traveling with children, and today on the blog, I will go over some of them.
As I like to refer to her, Madison is now a travel pro, having visited more countries than she has years on this earth. She’s essentially my travel companion, having accompanied me around the world since she was two months old. I couldn’t imagine not traveling with her now.
Most adults prefer traveling either solo or with another adult companion, but the benefits of traveling with kids are many. So why should you travel with your own children? What are the benefits? Here are ten compelling reasons why you should travel with your children.
1. They’re Great Company
This may seem obvious, but your kids can actually make great travel companions. They’re usually up for anything, full of energy and enthusiasm, and don’t require much in the way of entertainment or stimulation. Sure, they might need a little more attention than your average adult traveler, but they can also be a lot of fun to have around.
2. They Help You See the World in a New Way
When traveling with children, everything is a new experience for them. In addition, as a parent or guardian, you will have the opportunity to experience everything via their eyes – the sights, sounds, flavors, and so on. It’s a fantastic way to relive the excitement of discovering a new destination for the first time (or the hundredth time).
3. They Keep You Sane
No matter how much you love traveling, it can be stressful at times. There are always logistics to figure out, things to go wrong, and occasional moments of boredom or frustration. But when you have kids with you, they provide a welcome distraction from all of that. Suddenly, all of the hassles and stresses of travel seem a lot less important when you’ve got little ones to take care of.
4. They Make You More Patient
This one goes hand-in-hand with the previous point. If anything can test your patience, it’s traveling with young children. But the good news is, they can also help you develop more patience. After all, if you can make it through a 14-hour flight with a screaming toddler, you can pretty much handle anything life throws your way.
5. They Slow You Down
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the grind and forget to take a step back and enjoy life. But when you’re traveling with kids, you can’t help but slow down. You have to consider their needs and wants, which often means going at a more leisurely pace than you’re used to. It’s definitely not a bad thing – in fact, it can be quite refreshing.
6. They Help You Connect with Locals
When you’re traveling solo or with other adults, you often stick to the well-trodden tourist paths. But when you’re traveling with kids, things are different. Suddenly, you’re more likely to venture off the beaten path and explore some of the more local and authentic experiences a destination has to offer. And that often leads to deeper and more meaningful connections with locals.
7. They’re Great Icebreakers
It’s a terrific opportunity to meet new people if you’re the timid or introverted sort, and traveling with children can help you do that. People are naturally drawn to children and will almost always begin to converse with you about your children when you are out and about. It’s a fantastic chance to meet new people while also learning more about the local culture.
8. They’re Educational
Children are like sponges, and they learn the most effectively through hands-on experience. When you accompany them on their travels, kids have the opportunity to explore the world directly and learn about new cultures, people, and locations. A fantastic education that they could never receive from a textbook or in a traditional school setting.
9. They Keep Things Interesting
Let’s face it, children can be completely unpredictable. And when you’re traveling, this might actually be a positive thing to have. Because you never know what they’re going to do or say next, they tend to keep things interesting and exciting for the rest of the group.
10. They Make You a Better Person
This may be the most important reason of all. Kids have a way of bringing out the best in people. They make you more compassionate, more patient, and more understanding. In short, they make you a better person. And that’s something that everyone can benefit from.
So, if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to take your kids on your next trip, hopefully, these ten reasons have helped sway you in favor of doing so! Traveling with children can be a lot of work, but it’s also definitely worth it.