Everyone knows that travel with children is unpredictable, difficult, and definitely not at the same pace or with the same freedoms that pre-child travel afforded, so why do it at all?
- Through our children’s eyes, we see the world in a new way. For example, we had an entirely new appreciation of piazza life in Italy (and especially the running water and fountains) after spending a month there with our son when he was one year old.
- You get to immerse yourself in the local culture. Traveling with children forces you to do as locals do… shop in the grocery stores, bakeries, and pharmacies, not just tourist shops. You get to connect with locals in a way that’s difficult to do as adults traveling alone. People love kids. They’ll go out of their way to connect with you and see you as a family rather than just tourists, and you'll gain insights into what it's like to live in a different place.
- The kids love getting out of their everyday routine, and being in new situations helps everyone to reconnect. Whenever we travel, we find that there’s a special brand of giggly, silly fun that happens after a long day of travel that we just don’t seem to have at home. Who knows why? Exhaustion maybe? What I do know is that I would endure any length of flight to experience that sense of happy delighted closeness with my kids.
- The kids learn new things. For young kids it isn’t so much that they’ll learn world history as that they are exposed to new experiences, sights, sounds and smells. With a little thought, you can bring those experiences home to make your everyday life a little richer too.
- For school age kids it’s much more engaging and fun to learn history by doing than by reading. Visiting Boston to learn about the American Revolution as a family is not only an engaging and educational trip, it’s a memory that they’ll keep coming back to their formal education adds information about the events that happened there.