We all want our children to grow up well-educated and with a working understanding of the wider world. A sense of adventure and wonder is natural in children, but our safety-conscious society can seem to stifle it. “Travel Broadens the Mind” may be a cliché, but it’s a true one.
Can travelling improve the well-being of our children?
Travel is a great way to introduce your kids to the world beyond their horizon – to the existence of languages other than English, and to people who live very different lives from them, facing daily challenges that just don’t exist back home.
As any good independent travel agent will tell you, quality travel makes for better-rounded, happier human beings. There are few better things a parent can do to enrich their kids’ imagination and experience of the world than to share the sights, sounds and experiences of an overseas holiday with them.
Travel encourages an active lifestyle
A great deal of today’s travel is activity-based. A good travel agent will be able to help you craft a holiday that gives you the rest and relaxation you want, while keeping the kids busy and active, and offering activities like biking and family-friendly hiking that the whole family can enjoy. This is a lot easier these days, as resorts are more and more likely to offer activities such as yoga, tennis and dance instruction.
Travel builds confidence
Travelling to overseas destinations presents a mild and safe challenge to a child’s comfort zone. It’s difficult, as adults, for us to remember the thrill of learning a few words in a foreign language, trying them out on a local and finding they understand. Yet these little light-bulb moments in a child’s life are keys to building curiosity and confidence. And it’s the same with exotic foods and customs – they all contribute to a child’s growing inner life. In today’s cyberworld, that’s harder and harder to achieve.
If you are planning a holiday with the kids, give a good travel agent a call – they know the ins and outs of travelling with kids, and will help you craft the perfect holiday.