by Jen Battles
Why you should think about your next family vacation.
What is the one thing you remember most about those family trips you took as a kid?
Was it the anticipation and excitement of planning for the trip? Or was it stopping at that favorite restaurant for a special treat on your way out of town? Family travel has many benefits including spending quality time together and strengthening family relationships.
Here are 3 additional benefits to traveling as a family:
1. Learn together
Traveling somewhere new?
Ask your family to help you plan the trip! Turn a daunting task into something great by having them help you research new things and plan experiences. This will also help ensure that everyone will enjoy the itinerary while learning something new!
Food is a great place to start, learn some interesting facts about regional dishes and how they came to be. It will be exciting to seek out the restaurants that specialize in these dishes and to try them together.
If you are traveling somewhere that speaks a different language try learning simple phrases you can use when ordering. You may discover that someone in your family has a passion for language or perhaps spark some curiosity for new foods!
2. Create New Traditions
Traditions don’t have to be a complex and grandiose experience, it can be as simple as choosing a playlist for the road or rewarding yourself with a delicious treat after enduring airport security lines. Travel traditions help build up the anticipation and make the journey more fun.
Creating new family traditions also helps to strengthen family relationships, creating opportunities for inside jokes that provide a sense of unity. Even something small can help create a strong family bond.
3. Lasting Memories
Along with those new things you learned and the new traditions you have created, fond memories will be the best souvenirs! Just like your own experiences shaped happy memories that you passed on.
You can use technology to get the family involved in preserving these memories by creating a digital scrapbook. Apps like Canva and Pinterest are free and a great way to get the kids interested. It also is an easy way to share these awesome memories with other family members.
Remember, family trips don’t need to be extravagant or lengthy to reap the benefits we talked about here. What is most important is finding the right fit for your next family adventure and enjoying your time together!
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