There is more and more families out there who travel the world and that makes me happy! Traveling with children, traveling as a family is super fun and creates lifelong memories.
I still often hear that traveling with children is too hard as well though. That it doesn’t make any sense because they won’t remember anything anyway. But that’s not the right way to look at it. Would you say it is not worth it to read them books when they are little because they won’t remember it? Or singing them lullabies, cuddling them as much as you can? Of course not! So with traveling it is the same. There are lot of benefits of traveling for children!
If you haven’t traveled with your children yet and are not sure if you should, here I am going to go through couple of benefits of traveling for children which will hopefully help you to say YES to every upcoming opportunity to go places with them.
And traveling doesn’t have to mean go on a plane and travel to the other side of the world. Traveling can be going to your weekend house, visiting family and friends for a day just by car or a train, it can be driving overnight to see a different country, it can be a week-long holiday or it can be for couple of months traveling in an RV. Whatever the way is you prefer, all of these can be super beneficial for you as well as fer your little ones!
Easy adapting to change
Children only find as normal what you show them is normal. And they adapt to things you teach them right since they were born.
What I mean by that? If you put them to bed and turn the light off every night, they think that it is normal and get used to it. If you leave the light on after some time, they will have a hard time to fell asleep because it doesn’t feel like they should.
If you read them a book every night before they go to bed, they will expect it. And if you won’t be at home one night, it will be hard for them to fell asleep because you didn’t read the book to them.
And that appeals to everything!
When you travel with them since they are little, they need to acclimate and adapt to changes all the time. But because it’s been like that since they can remember, they take it as a normal think. They don’t have problems to sit on a different chair, they don’t have problems to meet new people and talk to them. They don’t have problems to meet new friends, play with them for couple of days and say bye again to meet some new ones. They like to try new food, they are fine when they go to bed later one day, when they have nap in a different place and a different time.
Children easily adapt to changes, because they find it normal!
Discomfort doesn’t cause a tantrum
With all those changes sometimes you have to deal with discomfort as well. You come to a hotel to check-in and there is a line, so you need to wait. Our children never had any problems to fell asleep anywhere anytime. When they were tired, they just fell asleep – in a carrier, stroller, us holding them, on the floor.
When we come to a restaurant, they automatically ask for fries. I guess it’s just a habit because if we tell them there are no fries in that restaurant, they don’t have problems to choose something else from what’s on menu.
They don’t freak out when they see a spider or a bee, they don’t freak out when they fell and scratch their knee.
Don’t take me wrong – we still have tantrums – but I think they tolerate discomfort better! They don’t see problems as road blocks, they are learning how to deal with it and find the path around.
Stronger family connection
Of course! You spend majority of the time together as a family. You experience things together. You show your children the world! They look up to you. You are showing them the way to live. You are showing them how to deal with situations, how to deal with discomfort. You laugh together and you cry together.
You talk more than you would at home. No matter if it’s just you talking to them when they are little babies or if it’s conversations when they are bigger. It’s about you and them in that moment. You show them how to live in the present. And the present is you and them together experiencing the world. You and them creating lifelong memories!
Learning through travel experience
They learn a lot when they travel. About different cultures, new places, different nature, new people. Instead of school-book learning they learn through experiencing everything and that makes it easier for them to memorize all these things.
They see different plants and animals in different parts of the world. They learn to respect them. They learn what benefits nature has to offer.
They see different cultures and they learn to celebrate it. They love learning about different cultures, from new people, they see things they try things. They are not scared of new or different. They easily make new friends and connections no matter the language or different skin color. They learn that smile and open-heart is what they need.
They learn to count, they learn to read, they learn to sing and be happy. They learn they don’t need much to be happy. They learn to appreciate what they have.
At school, they learn how different other cultures are. Through traveling, they learn how similar we all are all around the world.
Are you planning your next trip yet?
I could go on and on with benefits of traveling for children. They learn new responsibilities, getting out of their comfort zone, patience. There is lot to it.
The main think is not to be scared. It is fun and the family bonding part is one of the most important things on traveling.
I guess you know the daily routine when you are settled and live the “normal” day to day life. When the kids are little, mums usually are at home with them while dads are going to work to earn money. They see each other in the evening, dads don’t see their children very often.
Then mums have to go to work as well and put children to daycare. They pick them up in the afternoon, spend some time with them usually just while they make dinned, have to do laundry, clean the house etc. There is not very much family time and children learn that this is the normal life. This is what they will be doing too, one day.
Teach them different. Take them to travel. Teach them they can live the life they want. Show them this is not the only way possible. Give them the confidence for them to live their lives on their terms once they grow up.
And traveling will help you with that for sure!