Many parents dread the thought of traveling together with their entire family, mainly because of the expense and often times, due to the age of the children. A common myth is that it is very expensive to travel as a family. As we will see, this isn’t true in its entirety. There are many ways that families can save and still travel to some great destinations. Also, many people admit they fear the unpredictability of the journey.
Family travel is uniquely memorable since you spend a long time with close members of your family and get to know them further. With regards to travel, we are not referring to going to a baseball game with your kids or maybe out to the country. We are referring to venturing into a new space and experience that you haven’t experienced before.
Travel is great, especially for young children, since it exposes them to new people, cultures, and languages and this expands their worldview significantly in comparison to children who have never traveled.
Here are some reasons why families should travel together:
1. Spending Time Together
In today’s fast world, it is almost impossible to get quality time to spend with your family. Even when you’re at home, you may be getting constant emails from work, or other family members may not be at home when you’re at home, due to conflicting schedules.
Parents can’t be with their children every minute of every day. That’s understandable and that is why traveling together can be a great bonding experience. When you take a week or a month to travel, you will spend a lot of time together. It is an opportunity to reconnect as a family while having fun.
2. Create Memories
Traveling together gives you the opportunity to make memories as a family. These are lifetime memories. Also, it should bring the family closer together. Traveling is an adventure and as you travel, you go through new experiences and memories.
Children often play the “Remember when…” game. Kids always mention the places and things they have done with their family. Things like, “While we were in Barbados, my father taught me how to swim and fish.” That is something your child will stay with forever.
Whether it is chilling in a pool, visiting ancient cities, or climbing mountains, traveling together is a sure way of making lifetime memories. Additionally, there are the amazing photos of your travels you’ll take along the way.
3. Save Money
When traveling as a family, you can save a lot of money on your lodging expenses. In this age of Airbnb, you can cheaply rent condos or beach houses at prices that are way cheaper than booking at a boutique hotel. Splitting condos or homes, when traveling with two families, assists you further on costs savings, since almost all condos and homes have kitchens where you can cook. At the end of the day, you may save hundreds of dollars in food expenses from eating out.
The great thing about traveling with your family is that there are many resorts and businesses including restaurants, that offer family discounts. Some airlines also offer discounts to children who are traveling. A great tip is to always ask if they are offering any discounts.
Choosing to travel with your family is one of the best decisions you will ever make in your life. You will not only leave with stronger family bonds but will have lasting memories for years to come.