We all want what's best for our kids, but sometimes figuring out what that is isn’t as straightforward as we’d like. We might do something thinking it’s going to improve our kid's life, but a little down the line we figure out that...nope! It didn’t. There’s one thing that is almost guaranteed to be a success, however, and that’s traveling. It’s fun, brings the family together, and helps to broaden our children’s worldview. Below, we take a look at some specific examples of trips that’ll have this positive influence on their lives.
Across the Country
Before we begin looking at destinations across the globe, let’s have a look at some of the places that are (relatively) close to home. You might think that you live in America, but you actually only live in one version of it. It’s a big old country out there! If you’re from, say, New York, then nothing will be lost by loading up the car and taking a road trip down into the south, or for even longer trips, out west to California. If nothing else, your children will learn that they live in a big and beautiful country filled with kind and interesting people!
It seems a right of passage for college-age Americans to pack their bags and head across the Atlantic to explore all the joys of Europe. But who says you have to wait until their eighteen or older to send them that way? If they go when they’re younger, that means you get to go with them. Europe is home to some of the world’s best history museums and art galleries, music, food, and iconic sights. They’ll for sure have a broader worldview after visiting London, Paris, or Barcelona...just try to prevent them from picking up an English accent.
The Great Outdoors
If you live in an urban area, then your child might not have had much exposure to the great outdoors. Indeed, you might not have had much exposure to it either! But make no mistake: there are a lot of beautiful natural spaces to explore all over the world. If your child has an interest in wildlife, then take a look at Masai Mara safari tours; they’ll be able to see some of Africa’s most iconic creatures, all with a backdrop of a beautiful landscape. There are few things quite as inspiring as seeing some of the world’s enchanting animals in their natural environment.
If your children have been born and raised in America, then they might have a relatively limited view of the world. But this can be quickly rectified, simply by visiting a place that is unlike anything you’d get in the states. Take a trip to India, or Thailand, or China, or anywhere in the east, and you’ll be continually surprised by just how diverse life on earth can be. It’ll be an adventure, but more than that, it’ll also open your children’s eyes to the possibilities that the world can bring.