Are you one of those parents who love to travel but suppresses the desire because of your little ones?
July 30, 2017
Often, we notice that people crib about how their holiday plans keep getting postponed as they are hesitant to travel abroad with younger children. Many parents are skeptic about how their kids will adjust to an alien environment, and what if they fall sick. But trust me when I say this, you'll regret later for not taking your kids for the trip that you or your partner always wanted to go for!
Studies have shown that parents who travel with their kids have a much stronger bond and live a healthier life than those who don't. Let's take a look at the reasons why you should travel with your little ones:
We all want our kids to follow a routine that'll ensure a healthy life for them. But at times, kids need to learn the precise opposite - they should know how to live a flexible life where they might not always get what they are used to. It is good to teach them how to be flexible from an early age. Once you take them away from the comforts of the home, they'll get a chance to learn how to quickly adapt to situations and circumstances that might not cater to their needs and desires every minute. As you'll travel with your kids, you'll slowly notice a change in their behavior as well. They'll be less cranky and more sharing, they'll develop a taste for different cuisines and comfortably take a nap in flights.
Traveling with your kids will come for no extra cost. The real reason why you should always travel with younger kids is that it's an inexpensive affair! You can book a couple's room and accommodate your kids there. Travel costs will also be lower and most of the museums, theme parks and other places that require a ticket to enter will cost nearly half for your little one. In many places. children below 12 years are allowed free entry as well.
It is always good to travel with kids before they hit the school and have a schedule that they are supposed to follow! Once your kids will start going to school, you'll have to wait for their summer or winter break, in order to take them for trips. And, surely, you won't feel like leaving them back at home and going for a holiday. Also, traveling at a younger age will help them in building a much wider perspective about the world. They'll have a scope to learn from life before they start learning from books!
You can't really teach your kids about the world by keeping them within the 4 walls of the home. They need to step out and see things by themselves, in order to know what this world actually looks like! And what can be better than taking them for trips to faraway lands, where everything - from climate to people - happens to be different. Set out for a family volunteering trip to any of the Third World countries where your kids can meet the local kids. Introduce them to new things, take them for wildlife safaris, to mountains and beaches - help them understand the beauty that lies in every little thing.
When you travel together with your kids, you help them see the challenges that might arise anytime on the way. They can understand how their parents deal with the situations. Often, they can also be a part of the entire problem-solving process, giving you creative ideas. Together, as a team, you'll know each other’s strong and weak attributes and eventually, help each other in eliminating the weaker traits. Children will also get to know about the bonding that their parents share outside the comforts of the home and a regular routine.
A research by a team of neuroscientists at Washington State University has proved that traveling secrets neurochemicals including opioids, oxytocin, and dopamine that helps us to be happier. The research also showed that kids who travel have a higher level of IQ that those who don't. Being amidst nature enhances concentration abilities among kids and coming closer to animals will make them more empathetic and compassionate. Taking to museums and historical monuments will help your kids to be smarter.
So, you have no reason to hesitate while planning a trip with your little ones.
Don't wait till they grow up - make plans and set out for the venture.
Stories by Riyanka Roy