Family Travel Facts
Research has continued to uncover that family travel is beneficial to children for many reasons and also suggest to start young if possible. According to the article by Heike A. Schänzel and Ian Yeoman – The Trends in Family Tourism. Family tourism has become a large and growing trend in the tourism industry, which most families are beginning to value things on spending quality time with family, family bonding, and create memories.
The Top Three Reasons for Family Travel:
- Experiencing a new place or culture (74%)
- Strengthening family relationships (73%)
- Giving children the opportunity to learn new things while having fun (67%).
- For their child-friendly dream vacation, parents would like to be near beaches (72%), restaurants (69%), and amusement parks (59%).
- Parents go on to report that the most important aspects of a family vacation are the location (79%), the budget (71%) and the dates of travel
Family travel is predicted to grow at a faster rate than all other forms of leisure travel, partly because it represents a way to reunite the family and for family members to spend time with each other, away from the demands of work – Schänzel et al., 2012
My Multicultural Family
My husband and I are like every parent, we strive to give our children the best possible childhood and upbringing. We enrich and support our multicultural children through various meaningful activities to explore and stay curious, such as art & craft, making pastry, playing in the park, after school activities, and traveling. We try to have at least one family travel trip a year and plan for a few mini-adventures on a more regular basis.
Before my multicultural family grows in size, my partner and I were frequent family travelers before kids were born. Individually we have a few travel experiences; I have backpacked across Central America, and he hitchhiked from the central to the west coast of Canada. As a couple, we travel to some fantastic destinations such as the Amazon rainforest, and we hike over the hills to camp on a beautiful yet quiet beach in Rio de Janeiro.
There is no doubt that as a multicultural family, we want to extend this tradition to our children. Whether they are multicultural kids or our little explorers, we intend to show them the world as much as we can. We are passionate about exploring the world and going on mini-adventures; this is our family culture.
FIVE Concepts Little Explorer Learn Through Travel
1. Fundamental Human Need
By traveling around the world, your little explorer will get to see that we are all human, and we all share the same need regardless of your originality. The most fundamental human needs are water, food, shelter, sleep, novelty, and emotional connection with other humans to build self-esteem and self-security. Eventually, your little explorer will be able to comprehend that different people have different levels of each need in a different stage of life.
2. Multiple Ways Of Doing A thing
Your little explorer will also understand that there is rarely one way of doing things, which is beneficial for their problem-solving and creative skills in their later life. Little explorers tend to be able to use an alternative way of solving a problem when facing obstacles.
3. Value System Across Cultures
The globe is composed of many different types of people, cultures, and also the value systems. When family travel, it is an excellent opportunity to develop the family’s share value, you learn about yourself by seeing others. Ultimately, your little explorer will understand what seems to matter to them may not be valuable and impotent to certain people.
4. Risk & Uncertainty
It is common for things to go wrong during travel, and very likely that your little explorer will experience situations where things do not go as planned. Your child may begin from having “meltdown at the spot” to “let’s calm down and work on plan B,” as one of the most critical skills in life to cope with changes is to build resilience when facing uncertainty.
5. Encounter Differences
Family travel is an exciting adventure that opens up new worlds of customs, art & culture, politics, religions, and more. Travel can help your little explorer to discover the world from a different perspective. For example, safety means different things to different people, some places have a late dinner, and some areas wear traditional outfits.
Defined Travel in Your Own Way
The concept of “travel with kids,” many may think expensive airline tickets and fancy resort. Immediately feels the pressure of not being to afford the trip, not enough time for a two weeks vacation, or traveling with kids is way too tiring.
Some of you may want to lay on the Hawaii Waikiki beach soaking in the paradise sun or have a fantastic day in Disneyland, but this may not be easy for many people. The truth is you don’t have to spend on expensive airplane tickets and plan a fancy trip to travel with kids! The family travel trend also has been switching from booking a deluxe resort to participating in voluntary work.
If you want your little explorers to learn about the cultures, start from the local museums, cultural tourism, or visit places like Chinatown for a half-day family trip! If you want to explore nature, perhaps create a mini-adventure to walk in the woods and small hikes. Whatever comes easy around you is always a good beginning point to travel with kids.
Traveling with kids can be frustrating. Many parents even think that going far from home is unthinkable. However, When you are traveling with kids, you are giving them an experience that no one can take away from them. The exposure to different cultures, the learning experience of being in another place of your own, understand the different ways of life rather than just yours. Overall, traveling is an educational opportunity and a great family bonding activity regardless of the age of your child.