Travel is one of life’s greatest gifts that keeps on giving; we’re supplied with memories to last a lifetime, adventures, and, if you’re lucky, time well spent with loved ones. Traveling with children is an incredible treat because you can observe the wonder in their eyes and witness how it changes their lives. There are so many things we hope for our children, and travel, if you’re lucky, can really help shape your children’s outlook on the world.
It Broadens their Horizons and their Outlook.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Traveling to all sorts of different places teaches one how to live on the road and on the go and how to efficiently pack a suitcase! This offers great instruction on discipline and order. Travel is also a wonderful occupation for the restless; to move about a lot is a guaranteed cure for boredom.
Travel gives children options on how to live their lives as adults because they can see and experience other people and cultural heritages. As Flaubert said, “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” It is so important to have this perspective and to really be able to grasp the vastness of the world.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” –Henry Miller
Children who have the opportunity to travel with their parents are incredibly lucky as they can learn firsthand about other cultures. Gaining knowledge and appreciation for cultures and lifestyles different from yours is essential to becoming a well-rounded, educated, empathic person. Seeing one’s parents in other parts of the world and how they react and interact is also an education in itself. While routine is important, so is adventure! Instilling a sense of curiosity and wonder in your children is maybe the best thing one can achieve as a parent or caregiver.
Being able to show your children all sorts of amazing historical and natural wonders is also a great treat (for the parents and kids). As we get older and see more of the world, we realize that, other than travel being incredibly fun and exciting, it’s really about the inner self more than a specific destination. Traveling is good for the soul. You also don’t have to go very far to see amazing sights; you’d be surprised at what magical things a long drive or a simple train ride can uncover.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust
Changing the way one sees the world does not happen overnight; it’s a lifelong process, and a journey into one’s self is the most important of all. This process moves along more quickly when one explores and experiences life, with its ups and downs. Traveling to new and far-off lands helps one to realize how they react in certain situations and if you’re lucky, you’ll make friends along the way. Hopefully, travel and exploration will open up a world of possibilities that seemed completely hidden before. When you see how other people live, taste exotic cuisine, listen to foreign languages, and communicate with someone who speaks another language (even if it’s just with body language), it’s apparent how we’re all connected and cut from the same cloth.
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