I have always loved to travel and see new places and just relax. Motherhood did not change this and I continued my travelling and now I had a new travel partner. I have often heard from people around me is their opinion on how my husband and I travel extensively with our little one. We have travelled a lot with my daughter including international travel and road trips. It is a common notion that you do not enjoy your holiday when you travel with kids. It might not be very easy but it is not tough and it definitely is a lot of fun. Also, people feel it is a waste to take them on holidays as they would not remember anything.
Undoubtedly, the idea behind a holiday changes when you have a baby and kids, but I love this change. A holiday is a like giving her a platform where she learns new things and broadens her horizons and that too without putting in too much effort. I feel there is a lot of kids learn when on a holiday and some of these things help them a lot in life. Personally, I have seen some great changes in my daughter when we have travelled.
Some of the things which a child can learn when on a vacation are:
Family Bonding Becomes Better
You spend more time with the child especially when you are a working parent. You share lots of experiences and understand each other better and this brings the family closer. There are some aspects of my child’s personality which I have learned on holidays which I otherwise might not have realized. Takes them out of Their Comfort Zone
Until the time the child is at home, they are used to a certain environment and a comfort zone. When on a holiday, everything cannot be the same and this helps them adapt to changes. Travelling helps them cope to change, and makes them more adaptable and flexible. They Learn to Let Loose
When you let them live a life outside their daily routine, they learn to relax, have fun and discover a new world of relaxing and chilling. It is important to learn to relax and unwind to be able to focus on things afresh. They Become Patient
Children expect things to happen as soon as they want and their patience levels are very low. Different aspects of a holiday like waiting for the transport, or waiting at the airport or in queues help them to learn to wait for things and makes them more patient. Sometimes even letting them sit in their car seat for a few hours helps them learn to wait. Makes Them Responsible
When kids grow up you can start giving them responsibilities during a holiday and this makes them very responsible and independent. Exposure
This is something that is important for adults and kids. Travelling to new places is a great way to learn about the local culture and get an exposure to new things in the world. Children can learn how people in different parts of the world live and learn about their languages and food. Acquire Skills
Many children learn new skills when they are on a holiday. Sometimes the break gives them more time to focus whereas sometimes they get exposure to new things. Collect Memories
Travelling helps you come back with loads and loads of memories. When you talk about these things after your holiday, you help your child learn how beautiful memories are how they last a lifetime and will always help you remember good times. Develops Social Skills
Kids meet many new people on a holiday. Sometimes saying hello to the hotel staff or smiling and playing with another baby in the resort can teach them social skills which otherwise can be hard to teach and practice.
As kids grow older, the idea of travel and their expectations and attitude from a holiday changes. Each stage of life gives them the opportunity to learn new things when on a holiday. Travelling with kids can have some disadvantages but it helps kids to learn things which they otherwise would not. You will love taking a holiday with your kids and trust me; the memories you create will be beautiful and will strengthen your relationship with them. When you see your kids learn new things, it will be worth the effort. After all, all classrooms do not need to have four walls.