7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel No Matter How Young They Are

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel No Matter How Young They Are

I try to keep Reese on a schedule and routine that she’s used to because, without a schedule, things get a little crazy around here. Our normal schedule works great for day-to-day things but during the summer I think it’s important to mix things up a little bit. The best (and most fun) way to do this is to introduce your kids to travel. Reasons Your Kids Should Travel7 Re

I started traveling with Reese pretty consistently (even if it was just a weekend staycation, which she actually likes most) about a  year ago. We average about one trip per month during the school year however during the summer, all bets are off and we’re jet setting as much as possible. 

If you’ve thought about introducing your kids to travel but are still on the fence about it, here are some of my top reasons why you should encourage your kids to travel, no matter how young they are.

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel: Adventure

Traveling is a great way to give your kids the chance to experience an adventure. No matter where they travel to, your kids will love discovering their adventures along the way. They will venture outside of their comfort zone, experience new and exciting things that they wouldn’t get the chance to do at home. These adventures will quickly become something your kids look forward to doing each time they travel.

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel: Compassion

Traveling is also a great way to foster compassion in your kids. When kids travel, they get the chance to see different socioeconomic backgrounds, especially if they travel to foreign countries. Your kids will see firsthand that not everyone is as blessed as they are, giving them an appreciation for what they have and compassion towards those less fortunate.

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel: Educational

No matter where your kids travel, you can expect the journey to be educational. Your kids will get the chance to experience different cultures and learn about the area’s history, giving them a broader and more educated view of the world.

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel: Flexibility

If you’ve ever traveled, you know that plenty can go wrong. When this happens, you need to be flexible and find a solution to the problem. That’s why traveling is so valuable of an experience for your kids. They will learn to be flexible when something happens outside of their control. This helps them learn to roll with the punches, so to speak, an important skill to have in life.

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel: Memories

The memories that your kids make during their travels will be something that sticks with them throughout life. When they look back on their childhood, they’ll remember these trips with fondness. They won’t remember the shiny new toy they got for their birthday or the toy that was so hot last Christmas every kid had to have it (Who remembers that Hatchimal)?  They will, however, remember all the adventures they had when they traveled.  No matter if your family travels together or if your kids travel alone or with friends, your kids will remember all that they experienced. These memories will be lasting ones.

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel: Independence

You want your kids to be independent, which is why traveling is such a valuable experience for kids. Traveling will cultivate your kid’s sense of independence, teaching them how to do things on their own. To help get them started, allow them to help research and plan your next vacation. Start off with small tasks like researching the history of a location, the food or the language. 

As they get older give them more responsibilities like researching the currency or mapping out how to get from the airport to the hotel. By the time they are 7, they should be able to do enough research (thanks to the Google and Youtube) to be able to point out the country on a map, tell you what language they speak in that country, what currency they use, and be able to say “hello”, “I need help” and “thank you” in that countries language. 

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel

7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel: Self-Discovery

Your kids will be amazed at what they discover about the world around them, as well as what they learn about themselves during their travels. Your kids will discover what interests them, including what their favorite places to go are and what foods they like to eat. This type of self-discovery is important for kids to develop since it will give them a confidence in who they are and what type of person they want to be.

Travel is what helped me discover just how much Reese loves History. Every time we would go somewhere new, she would spend hours researching the history of that state or Country. She can spend hours in a museum and she loves talking to locals. 

Traveling is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your kids. Your kids will learn more about who they are, as well as develop skills and characteristics that they’ll use throughout their lives.

If you’re in California and want to start your travel adventures with a staycation, check out my list for staycation ideas in this post I wrote titled “50 Things To Do With your Kids This Summer“.

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53 Comments

  1. July 26, 2017 / 9:40 am

    I love this. Travel opens up an entirely new world, and not just the physical one. Travel creates a mindset, a state of being, that stays with a child for the rest of their lives.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:42 am

      I totally agree with you.

  2. July 26, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I so agree with this! I wish we could travel more with our kids, but time and money aren’t always on our side. However, when we do travel, they do awesome. We do get to go to Gettysburg and Williamsburg next month, so that’ll be fun! I love all your photos.
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    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:42 am

      You can always visit places near you.

  3. July 26, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    I am so happy my parents took me travelling when I was younger. We didn’t have much money but I was fortunate enough to visit Europe with them and now have quite the travel bug.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:41 am

      Travelling is always good!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:40 am

      And they will always remember it.

  4. July 26, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    If for no other reason, travel with kids to give them great memories and help them learn about other cultures. Travel becomes so much of a different/magical experience when kids are involved because they see things that we as adults miss.
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    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:37 am

      I agree with you!

  5. July 26, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    These are all great reasons to travel with your kids! I love the memories that you are creating. Sadly we don’t have the funds to travel far, but I still like creating the memories for going places outside of the norm with my family.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:36 am

      Great idea, you can always visit places near you!

  6. July 26, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Your daughter is so lucky that she’s able to see the world like this! Traveling is SO important!!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:34 am

      Yes, and she really enjoys it.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:33 am

      I am glad you like it!

  7. July 26, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Our 5 kiddos have always traveled with us. It’s SO good for them! 🙂

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:32 am

      Yes, I agree with you.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:31 am

      Yes, that’s something that kids remember!

  8. kelly reci
    July 27, 2017 / 3:48 am

    i love it! should try this with my kids..

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:31 am

      I think you’ll enjoy it!

  9. July 27, 2017 / 4:55 am

    MY daughter is all about traveling lately. She really wants to be an international traveler but mom is not quite ready for that although I enjoy letting her experience new places.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:30 am

      That’s good for her!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:18 am

      Yes, they get used to it really fast.

  10. July 27, 2017 / 7:12 am

    These are beautiful reasons for a child to travel. They will learn so much and experience so many things, that will definitely improve their perception of the world. I think it’s a great way to make them appreciate the world more.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:16 am

      I agree with you.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:15 am

      I like that!

  11. July 27, 2017 / 9:48 am

    I love travel and wish I had done more as a child!! No worries though, I am making up for it now!!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:13 am

      Haha, I am glad you fixed it!

  12. July 27, 2017 / 11:47 am

    I agree with you! I was 6mos pregnant when we went out for his school field trip it was his first time and mine too! Got a lot of memories!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:10 am

      Thanks for reading!

  13. Katrina Ellen
    July 27, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    Taking kids on travel trips is such a great experience for them. I know that I would love to take my kids more places.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:10 am

      Yes, that’s something they will remember.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:09 am

      Yes, those reasons are strong!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:07 am

      I totally agree!

  14. July 27, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    What an awesome post and love to hear more, I always bring my kid when we are on travel since he was a baby

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:07 am

      Thank you for reading!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 12:58 am

      Yes, that’s something that kids will remember.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 12:55 am

      I am glad you agree.

  15. Adaleta
    July 28, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    I think it is great for kids to travel, there is so much out there to learn!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 12:52 pm

      I agree, and they can enjoy that too!

  16. July 29, 2017 / 10:33 am

    I agree, it’s so important to introduce kids to travel. Even something as simple as a weekend at a nearby city! It will help them grow as individuals. I started traveling with my little one recently too and he loves it!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      Couldn’t agree more!

  17. natalie z
    August 7, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more on so many of these points! We have tried hard to keep our kids well-rounded with adventures especially now that we have moved to a small town.

    • admin
      August 10, 2017 / 10:02 am

      I am glad that you liked this post, thanks for visiting our blog!

  18. September 22, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I couldn’t agree more with you and this is going to be my motto when I have my own kids. For now, I can only share your post with my friends who have kids. Thanks for the post!

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