Of course I'm biased, but I do truly believe that there are a multitude of reasons why you should travel with your family. And not just your immediate family but bring the extended family too! A favourite aunt and uncle, my parents, my sisters' family and I travelled to Cayo Coco, Cuba together and had an absolute blast! Multi-generational family travel is becoming one of the biggest trends in the travel industry. I digress, though. I've picked what I think are the 6 most important reasons families should travel together and listed them below. Leave me a comment if you have another!
1. Family bonding/connect with each other
When you take a vacation together you become a team together! Again I have research that backs this up. A 2010 study concluded vacations create a shared experience by fostering growing and enduring connections. Those shared moments away from everyday ordinary activities help to promote these positives ties.
On top of this, family travel is beneficial even before the trip starts...you have the anticipation and the planning!
2. Creating memories together that will last a lifetime!
Think back to some of your childhood memories...what comes to mind? Many of my fondest memories are from family vacays. Yours too? One of my favorite memories is simply me sitting in the passenger seat of our big motorhome keeping my dad company while we drove into the night listening to the CB radio...breaker 1...9...breaker.
Here I will nerd out by sharing that a 2015 study found that the majority of people chose childhood family vacations as their favourite memory. These memories are actually good for our mental health. They act as "happiness anchors" and can be powerful in bringing relief during darker times. So vacations are good for your mental health now and in the future for you and the kids...cool right?!
Taking time together to share experiences and activities creates memories that will be recalled and reminisced for years to come. Simple!
3. Fun and happiness and gratitude and all that goodness!
Okay maybe I cheated a little and this should be 3 separate points?!
The family that plays together, stays together! When you’re away from the daily grind and to-do lists, you have to time to relax and have fun. Whether it’s a theme park or other adventures, laughter will abound! Furthermore, research shows experiential purchases make both children and adults happier than material items. Further benefits for you the adults - seeing the world through the eyes of children makes you feel more alive! Lastly, if you want your children to be humble, generous human beings - expose them to places outside the first-world bubble. Seeing how others live will show them how much they have to be thankful for creating gratitude, compassion and consideration. Experiential learning is the best!
4. Learning Experiences
Travelling can expose your kids to new places, people, things, cultures and natural environments. Perhaps they can experience firsthand things they might have learned about (or will learn about) in school or at home. For sure by taking them out of their daily bubble you will be giving them new experiences that can reshape how they see the world!
Now I’m going to nerd out on you again...travelling with your kids can be beneficial to their brain development. The enriched environment that all these new experiences offers them, enhances frontal lobe functioning. That means executive functions like stress regulation, attention, concentration, good planning, problem solving and mental health are improved! So spend time travelling as a family and you’re making your child smarter!
5. Model problem solving and adaptability for your kids
Flights can be delayed. Kids can get sick; heck you can get sick. The weather can change. You can get lost. No matter how well-planned, things can go wrong. Any of these kind of situations put you the parents on the spot. In which case your mini-mes will see you model problem-solving and situational adaptability. This helps them understand self-reliance and encourages independence and self-confidence. And who doesn’t want that for their children?!
6. Break away from stress and routine
If you’re like most families, you spend your days dealing with tasks, errands, deadlines, and all that good stuff. Whether a result of work, school, extracurricular activities or household chores, they can equal stress. Research shows that chronic stress is low need with a myriad of health problems. Thus fully justifiable to take a vacation and take a break from the continual stress. Hey it’s good for your health!
I think any 1 of the list of 6 I’ve presented you is reason enough to travel. Get in touch so I can help you and your family plan the vacation of your dreams!