Packing up and heading around the world with your kids can be a little daunting, but you’ll soon find that they can learn from travelling.
Travelling is synonymous with being a young man’s game, allowing only the young and the single to partake in the excitement and adventures around the world.
Well we say absolutely not! Young or old, married or single, with kids in tow or not, you can travel the world. And what’s more, you can bring those kiddos along with you. You’ll soon find that they can learn from travelling. From discovering the realities of travel to appreciating new cultures, they won’t come back the same person as they left – and neither will you! With the right amount of planning and preparation, you’ll both learn from it and love it.
Gain a new perspective
Children have a wonderfully beautiful quality in that they see the world with fresh eyes and an open mind. Opening their eyes to the world from a young age will help them gain new perspectives that will encourage those qualities as they get older and for the rest of their lives.
Learn about themselves
There is a lot to learn from travelling, whether you are a child or not. Travelling helps your kids figure out what type of person they are. They’ll discover if they prefer to be with larger groups or just a few select people, or if they enjoy action and adventure or calming, relaxed activities. The more you travel together, the more you will begin to see what they like and don’t like. However, making sure that they’re entertained during long plane or train journeys is always important and music is a great way to do that!
Confidence building is a large part of children’s emotional development, and travelling is an excellent way to instil confidence in your child. Doing things like swimming in dark caves in Thailand or climbing a mountain in the Philippines are great confidence boosters . So, think of every new adventure as a building block of confidence for your little one.
Appreciate new cultures
One of the most important things kids can learn from travelling is the appreciation of new cultures. Be it learning a language, which is excellent for cognitive development, understanding a new way of life, or tasting different foods, the more exposure they get to the world, the more well-rounded and accepting of differences they will become. If you can also learn to live like a local when you travel as a family, you will be making the most of every new experience.
Break out of their comfort zone
Encouraging your children to try new things is one of the most important things that they can learn from travelling. Children can sometimes be notorious for being picky eaters, but you definitely won’t have one of those on your hands if you’ve exposed them to the wide variety of yummy foods available to them. However, nothing will squash a taste for adventurous food quite like food poisoning, so it’s definitely best to avoid that.
So, get those bags packed – the world awaits!
We hope our tips on how kids can learn from travelling are useful. For travel health tips and advice call into your local TMB travel health clinic and speak to one of our qualified professionals. Our experts will guide you through the health requirements for your destination, telling you all you need to know about vaccinations, mosquito bite prevention and food hygiene.