There’s lots of reasons why you may not want to go on vacation with your kids. It’s expensive, kids aren’t always well-behaved, and they probably don’t always appreciate what they’re seeing. However, there are so many more reasons to take your kids on vacation.
1. It’s important for your children to experience different cultures.
Learning about people different from them is a great way to expose them to the world and how others think.
2. Teach your kids social skills.
It’s also important for their development to develop good communication skills, especially from those in different cultures than their own.
3. It’s always a learning experience.
There’s no better way to learn about history, geography, and culture than to actually see it and immerse yourself. It’s important for them to identify certain landmarks, place themselves on a world map, and have educational experiences. Find fun ways to go through museums with your kids to teach them about the history of the area and important events that happened there.
4. They’ll value it more than a toy.
Toys are the star of a child’s eye…until they aren’t. Chances are, before long, that toy will be on the floor surrounded by other forgotten toys. Instead, use your money on forming life long memories with your family.
5. You can teach your kids about budgeting.
Allow your children to create a budget for your trip with you. Then when making purchases and decisions, remind your child of how much money they have left and how much longer the trip is. Let them choose for themselves what they want most and teach them that we don’t always get everything that we want at the same time.
6. Vacations give you lots of time for bonding.
Sharing experiences together brings you closer together as a family. You can look back fondly on the places you went together and what you did while you were there.
7. It relieves some stress.
Vacations are obviously stress relievers. Spending some time relaxing with family is good for everyone.
8. It’s best to capitalize on time available.
As kids get older, and especially as they become adults, their free time gets smaller and smaller. Take advantage of the time when your kids have less extracurriculars and responsibilities to plan around.
9. It encourages you to live in the moment.
You’re more likely to be paying more attention to what’s going on around you than your phone when you’re on vacation. You can better enjoy the world around you and time with your family.
10. You always have someone to go places with you.
You won’t ever have to go to a museum alone or check out a landmark by yourself. You’re likely to have at least one person to tag along.
11. You can make new friends.
Meeting people in new places is always fun, and you may form relationships for the rest of your life.
12. You can spend one-on-one time with individuals with your family.
Chances are, the whole family isn’t going to want to do everything everyone wants to do, and you may end up splitting up. This gives you a chance to have alone time and individual bonding time you may not get at home.
13. It helps them learn problem solving skills.
Sometimes unexpected weather pops up, things get canceled, and schedules change. Working through what to do next allows kids to plan for the future and make decisions in the moment.
14. Pictures that will last a lifetime.
Pictures=memories, and vacations are a great place to get them.