Traveling is usually very exciting for kids. Somewhere between the relaxation and adventure is an entire world full of knowledge, and many of them don’t even realize the life lessons they learn along the way.
I know travel can mean a lot of things to different people, for us, traveling means our kids have the chance to learn a lot about life. The kinds of things they aren’t going to learn sitting in a classroom.
Here are seven things kids learn about life from traveling:
1. The way they live isn’t the only way to live.
Traveling gives kids a new perspective on life and where they sort of fit-in in life. It gives them the ability to see past their own city, state or even country and opens their minds to new religions, cultures, living standards, language, food and so much more. Travel teaches kids that happiness comes in many forms and can look different from what they are used to.
2. It’s not always about the destination.
Traveling doesn’t have to about the destination. Afterall, the journey is usually the best part. Memories are made along the way and kids should be taught just that. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling to another country, state or city, there is always something to discover along the way. Remember to enjoy every bit.
3. The best memories are with people.
I love it when my kids put themselves out there and meet new people while traveling. You never know who will teach them a history lesson, a life lesson or just have a good story to share. Traveling teaches your kids how enjoyable it is to make new friends wherever you go. Usually, some of the best travel stories involve the people you meet along the way.
4. Hanging out with your family is actually a lot of fun.
Trust me, I get it. Sometimes it’s just a whole lot easier to hand the kids a pair of headphones and their tablets so that you can finally enjoy five minutes of peace and quiet. We have all been there. But while traveling, take the time to really enjoy each other’s company and bond of your travel experiences. Play road trip games such as I spy or license plate bingo. Yes, it takes a lot more effort but I promise it will be worth it. Also, it’s ok to let them be “bored” while traveling. It’s a great way for them to use their imagination and come up with activities on their own while doing something together.
5. Learning navigation is a must.
Yes, it’s true, technology isn’t going anywhere. But what about when it fails? I can’t tell you how many times I have been somewhere and the GPS on my phone doesn’t load or recalculates my route over and over again. Teaching our kids essential skills such as map-reading will help them to not fear the outside world. There is so much to discover and as long as they are equipped with the right knowledge, nothing will stop them from doing just that.
6. Things don’t always go as planned.
While traveling, no matter how much you plan, something is always going to happen – good or bad. Though it can be tough, going with the flow and learning to be flexible is key. The same can be applied to life.
7. Building confidence while trying new things.
It’s easy to always wear the same clothes, eat the same food and do the same activities we enjoy. Traveling helps to build kids’ confidence and gives them a sense of accomplishment when they are pushed out of their comfort zone in order to try new things. In life, if kids don’t push themselves to try new things at an early age they might not do the same as an adult either.