Despite what you might think, travelling with kids can be a much more rewarding experience than you ever imagined, and possibly more rewarding than traveling without them ever was. So with that in mind we here at Bubblebum have decided to fill you in (for those sceptics out there) on why traveling with kids is awesome!
Kids slow you down:
Sure with kids you have to go a lot slower than you once did, meaning that its becomes harder to fit in as many places as you once could have. Despite this it is a huge positive, generally with all the rush and clamour of travelling we struggle to fit everything in and can come back just as tired and drained as we went away. With kids you have to plan your days around them, often including rest breaks. This means that not only can you relax more on your holiday but you can find yourself being able to savour the little things about the places you’ve visited, things which you never would have noticed beforehand.
They help you to meet new people:
Children are incredibly social people, and can become best friends with someone within minutes of meeting them. As adults however, those initial moments of meeting can be, well, awkward. So when your kids start playing with other kids it’s a great way to start a conversation with other parents. This gives you the chance to meet other people who you would otherwise never get the chance to talk to and find out things that you might never have heard about otherwise- for example while in America we got chatting to a family in a park who told us of a great restaurant that did wonderful sea food for us and still had a kids menu that our fussy children would enjoy. If it wasn’t for them we never would have found it!
It’s a chance to learn new things:
Of course travelling anywhere is a chance for you to learn some new things. But with your children you can learn things that you would have never thought of before. Seeing the world provides not just an education in things like geography and language skills, but it also allows your child to see things from a completely different perspective. Sure this is great for them, but what about you? Well seeing you child’s perspective can on things can also have a huge effect on your own perspective and as children tend to be naturally intuitive they often pick up on things that me and you would have missed, the effects on this can be huge and long lastings, not only for you but for your children as well.
An end to picky eating:
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that children can be rather picky when it comes to what they eat. Travelling with kids means that you’re often forced to eat things that are out of your comfort zone (and which if you were to try and cook your self could go disastrously wrong, causing more harm than good). If you’re lucky you might have already gotten your kids to try and branch out in their eating habits, but once you’ve tried curries in Thailand, beef in Argentina or the fish in Spain you’ll never realise just what you’ve been missing. So use your travels to introduce your kids to the wonders of food from around the globe.
Travelling the world with your children is a wonderful way to bond with them. Spending time in hotels, airports, planes and cars help to build bonds within families, but more importantly they help you create memories that your children will cherish as they grow up. There’s nothing like experience of seeing a beautiful beach at sunset, or one of the wonders of the world with your children. These are visual, visceral and spiritual experiences that mean a lot more in the long term than a quiet week away without the kids.
So there you go, hopefully we have shown you that travelling with kids isn’t all crying and tantrums and that it can be a hugely rewarding and exciting experience! Please let us know how your trips have gone with your kids and share with us your precious memories, we would love to hear them!