Travel with your Children

Bella on a cruise/ Photo by Jen

For adults, there are benefits associated with travel.  Often, we go on vacation to get away from it all.  We go away to relax, to unwind, and to have new experiences.  We often return from vacation full of energy, with new stories, and more relaxed than we left.  Couples go away to re-connect and re-kindle romance and solo travelers challenge themselves to survive their solo travel experiences.  There are vast benefits associated with traveling, but not only for adults- there are plenty of benefits when traveling with children as well.   

Enjoying the warm water of Bahamas/ Photo by Jen
Bella Enjoying Churros at the Ritz Madrid/ Photo by Jen

I wanted to write this blog to encourage parents, grandparents, caretakers, aunts, and uncles to travel the world, and your neighborhoods, with your children.

Bella at Statue of Liberty/ Photo by Jen
Gelato Break in Quebec, Canada/ Photo by Jen

My nine-year-old daughter Bella has practically traveled since she was in the womb.  From Africa, to Europe, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and internally in the United States. By plane, by bus, by train, and road trips, we travel, any time we have a chance to.

Hello from San Juan, Puerto Rico/ Photo by Jen
In Bangkok, Thailand water market/Photo by Jen

Some of the benefits of traveling for children include, increase awareness of geography, hands on learning, appreciation and respect for other cultures and languages. In addition, enhanced palate, introduction to new artist, new music, and artwork. Travel is a learning experience for children. Knowledge they cannot get in a classroom or from a textbook.  I have found that travel experiences have been invaluable to my family, specially to my daughter Bella.

Bella at Colosseum in Rome/ Photo by Jen

It is important to note that you don’t need thousands of dollars to experience travel and the experiences that come with it.  You can start by traveling locally.  Take your children to a local museum or art gallery.  Go have lunch at a restaurant of new cuisine, you never tried before.  Many museums offer free admission days, some may offer free tours, festivals, and events.  Take advantage of visiting new places, particularly if they are free.  I always say that my family is blessed to live in Washington, DC area.  Almost every museum here is free. So is the zoo, and art galleries, monuments, and performance centers.  Having said that, it saddens me, because I do not see locals taking advantage of everything DC offers.  I often ask myself, if its free, why don’t people take advantage of it?  With the free attractions offered in DC, I have introduced my daughter and my family to new cultures, cuisines, art, and music genres we would not be exposed to otherwise.  You do not need to take a long flight and spend thousands to introduce your children to history. You can start by learning your local history.  I assure you that everyone will learn and have fun as you are learning. 

Horseback Riding in Catarina, Nicaragua/Photo by Jen

Children love new experiences.  They get excited about road trips, and camping. In everything you do, there will be a new learning skill you will enjoy together. Fill the tank with gas, and cross your state line to the neighboring state. If you are on a budget, pack a cooler, bring plenty of snacks, and stop by a park to eat the sandwiches you prepared.  Challenge your children to learn the name of a few artist from the local museum.  Borrow a local history book from your library, learn about the local history and then go visit one of the places you and your children learned about.  Travel is about new exposures. About walking in history. About learning, and about exploring while having a good time.    

At Museo del Prado in Madrid/ Photo by Jen
Running in the Wall of China/ Photo by Jen
Enjoying the pool in Mexico/ Photo by Jen

The time you take to bond with your little ones during travel, is priceless. It will be remembered dearly by both you and your children.  If you do not have children, take your grandchildren, your nieces or nephews.  If you are a leader of a church or youth group, take some of the children to have new experiences.  If you do not have a car, take public transportation. It will be a learning experience in itself.  I love traveling. It has changed my life and my family’s lives.  The benefits of traveling with children are vast and priceless. For this reason, I encourage you to travel, and take your children along. 

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12 thoughts on “Travel with your Children

  1. Michael David Oyco March 26, 2019 — 11:51 pm

    True story. It will be priceless when they grow up. You cannot turn those back! Have fun and enjoy the time being.

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  2. The gift of travel for a child is priceless. They get to learn more about a different culture first hand. I love how you take your daughter with you on your travels. I am sure she will thank you immensely for the experience.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Eileen. My daughter is blessed indeed.

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  3. Gifting travel trip to children is an awesome idea to make a memories.

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  4. Kristine Nicole Alessandra March 28, 2019 — 9:49 pm

    Reading your post made me remember those days when my kids were little. We took them with us everywhere! Traveling with kids gives them a valuable lesson and gives them the courage to one day spread their wings and explore on their on. You are such a great mommy to let your daughter experience so much in life.

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  5. I agree that experiences with my daughter are the most important thing to me. I love to go out and do stuff with her and not just stay at home. That’s important to me.

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    1. Those memories last for life. ❤️

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  6. I have some wonderful memories of traveling at a young age with my parents. Great advice.

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  7. It can be hard to go on trips with your children. But at the same time it will be awesome because you can share the memories with them

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    1. Very true, it is different from going with only adults but totally worth the hard work.

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  8. It sure can be hard at times but travelling with kids can be very rewarding for sure

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