Why Should Kids Travel?

Traveling with family is one of the most enriching experiences that a child can have. It not only provides children with an opportunity to see new places and cultures but also helps them develop a sense of adventure, curiosity, and independence. Traveling with family allows kids to bond with their parents and siblings. Family vacations provide a much-needed break from the daily routine and help families spend quality time together, letting kids get to know their parents better and develop a stronger relationship with them. Moreover, they get to experience new things together and create lasting memories that they can cherish for years to come. Check out this post on why you should travel with your kids now!

1. Pass your Values on to your Children

Have you been wondering how to shake things up in your household? Traveling can be one of the best ways to pass on important values to your children. When you travel, you experience a vast variety of new things and have interactions that you would never have at home. This is a great opportunity to show your kids exactly what kind of people you want them to be when they grow up. While you’re out exploring and finding new places and people to interact with, you’ll find that getting out of old habits is the best way to shake things up and get your kids to truly listen. A Discover Corps trip is the best way to do this, allowing you to relax and enjoy the experience while we handle everything in between.

2. Develop a Global Mindset

The more you and your kids travel, the more they’ll understand how vast the world truly is. Each place that you go will teach them something new and they’ll be able to take lessons away from it that they couldn’t learn anywhere else. Through these experiences, they’ll start to see the world in a different way, giving them an understanding of different cultures and people that many of their peers won’t have. This provides them the ability to understand people on a fundamental level no matter where they’re coming from or what culture they are part of. In a world that’s becoming more and more interconnected every single day, this skill of a global mindset is incredibly important to their future. Make it happen with international travel!

3. Real World Learning Experiences

One of the greatest parts of travel, especially on a Discover Corps trip, is having experiences from locals in the communities you visit that will show your kids ways of life that they could never imagine. From the comfort of your own home, it’s easy to imagine weaving a blanket as being an easy task. Once you actually sit in front of the loom in Oaxaca, Mexico and try it for themselves, they’ll start to appreciate how difficult these skills are and understand the cultural context behind them. These real world experiences can’t be replaced by classroom learning, videos or stories. You have to experience them yourself and the best way to do that is by visiting locals that have been working this way their entire lives. The local partners that we work with in our communities will welcome you into their homes and show you exactly how they live. 

4. Cultivate Gratitude and Appreciation

Another great reason to step out of the comfort zone of your own household into a new world is to see the world outside of the bubbles that we live in. Things that seem so important just days ago start to seem trivial in comparison. When immersed in a new culture and exposed to new problems, it can seem almost silly when you look back at which pair of jeans you were thinking of wearing compared to the issues surrounding wildlife conservation in Kenya. These experiences are humbling and give new context to the issues your kids will face day-to-day. These will allow them to appreciate what they have and give them a deeper understanding for what others don’t. Traveling gives us empathy and that is truly invaluable.

5. Create Deeper Family Bonds

Traveling with your kids builds deeper family bonds. Because you’re all experiencing these incredible moments together, you share them in ways that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Imagine trekking through the Alaskan wilderness or hiking up to a waterfall in Costa Rica, seeing wildlife along the way. That excitement and wonder that you and your kids will feel can’t be replicated and through any other medium. This trip will give your family memories that will last a lifetime. As always with travel, there will be points where you and your family will have some conflict with each other, but by overcoming these obstacles, it will make these bonds even stronger than before. With a dedicated Discover Corps team ensuring your travel, excursions and lodging all go smoothly, these moments will be few and far between.

6. Facilitate Creativity and Inspiration

Last and maybe most importantly, your kids’ imagination and creativity will run wild with ideas and solutions to issues that they see in the communities surrounding them. By taking them out of the norm of their day-to-day life, they’ll gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and make leaps in ideas that they never would have before. You’ll be amazed with the insights they have and the impact of these trips will be seen for years and years to come. What do your kids want to do with their lives? On a Discover Corps trip, they might just find out exactly what that is. 

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