To travel is to discover the world around you, to learn about new and exciting cultures, and most importantly, to fall in love with lifelong learning. No matter if you have travelled as a child or not, you should understand the importance of providing your own children with the opportunity to discover faraway lands, as well as their own country and culture.
Quite simply, traveling is learning, and it can have a profound influence on your child’s emotional and psychological development. Most importantly, it can help them thrive in school, and in life as successful and mindful adults. Let’s take a look at how travelling can help your kids reach their true potential.
Let their creativity soar
There is no denying that travelling is a creative experience that challenges the mind, especially in younger kids that are still discovering the intricacies of the world around them. The only thing you need to do is to get them on the road and kick-start their imagination with interesting stories, quizzes, and challenges.
This will require you to plan and prepare for your trip though, but it will be well-worth the effort. What’s more, kids love a good challenge, so make sure to have plenty of interesting activities planned out before you reach your destination in order to keep them engaged.
Let them fall in love with lifelong learning
Whether you’re travelling internationally or locally, this is your golden opportunity to influence your children in a positive way, and instil a desire for lifelong learning in their hearts and minds. The possibilities for learning are endless, as you can use every part of your journey to tell an interesting tale, teach your kids something new about the destination, and even inspire them to learn all on their own.
When you find yourself in a new city or country, incentivize them to ask questions, give them a map and the free will to choose where to go, and let them know that there are numerous ways they can get more information on an interesting topic. For example, when you’re visiting a museum, don’t just walk around aimlessly, rather let them take an audio tour in order to give them context and a narrative that will spark a desire in their hearts for knowledge.
Support independence and self-sufficiency
When the time comes, it’s important to let your kids travel all on their own. This is usually about the time when they’re ready to graduate from high school, when they are eager for adventure, and eager to live it out with their friends rather than their parents. Don’t worry, this is completely normal, and is something parents all over the world are using to boost independence and self-sufficiency in their children.
In Australia for example, high school graduates are preparing for their schoolies 2019 trips to overseas islands such as Fiji and Vanuatu, where they will enjoy a week-long vacation with their friends. But that doesn’t mean that they’re unsupervised. You see, you can let your kids travel all on their own without relinquishing control - you simply need to find an experienced travel group. And remember, if your child is at that age when they want to travel with their friends, the worst thing you can do as a loving parent is to hold them back.
Enrol them in international learning camps
Finally, no matter if your child is small, a teenager, or if they are already in Uni, you can always combine travel with concrete learning experiences. There are thousands of learning camps and centres all over the world specializing in every subject from mathematics to music, from astronomy to biology, and many more. You simply need to ask your child what sparks their interest the most, and find a suitable learning camp in another country where they can meet likeminded individuals from around the world, and learn about their favourite subjects from renowned teachers and scholars.
To travel is to broaden your horizons and discover a whole new world of wonder and adventure. This is true for adults and children alike, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to instil some positive habits in the developing hearts and minds of your children. In turn, they will build a lifelong passion for knowledge that will translate into their success at school while becoming proactive adults in the process.
Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on several blogs. For her articles, she often consults decor specialists and home organisation experts. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.