“I am a passionate traveller, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education” – David Rockefeller.
Starting to travel at an early age can really help instil an appreciation, if not love, for different cultures and beliefs, which in this worrying time is possibly more important than ever. Many people feel daunted when they first consider taking their child away, but with careful planning travelling with your child can be a wonderful, enriching experience for both of you.
When planning a holiday with your child consider turning down the pace a little. You have to make sure you take into account that your children may get tired easier and no one will enjoy a holiday with a grumpy, worn out child in tow. There are some great companies, like Blue Chip Holidays, that offer advice on how to holiday with children.
Also, try and get your children involved in the planning stages. Travelling somewhere new gives a brilliant opportunity for you to teach your child all about the area. Before you set off you could look at maps together, discuss the animals you will see on your travels, the different types of plants. You could even watch a film together that is set in your holiday destination.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page” – St Augustine
In the same way reading helps broaden a child’s mind and grow their imagination, so too can travelling. Whether setting off to distant lands or just heading out to explore your local community. Instilling in your child a love for new experiences is extremely rewarding.