We all want our children to grow up to be well-rounded, smart, thoughtful people. Alas, achieving this goal is easier said than done. While the schooling system plays a big role, it can’t be expected to teach our children everything. So how do we, as parents, help our children on their journey to beginning the best version of themselves? Well, there are many answers to that question. One of the best – not to mention fun – ways, however, is to expose your children to as many cultures and landscapes as possible. Travel is one of the best gifts we can give our children! Below, we take a look at some useful tips for picking your destinations.
Mixing Up the Destinations
It’s easy to fall into the habit of returning to the same beach destination year on year. It’s easy enough to organise, is inexpensive, and is always fun! But it’s worthwhile mixing up the destinations from time to time. If you’ve been spending your free weeks lying on a beach in recent times, consider visiting a city. They’re slightly less relaxing sure, but they more than make up for it with cultural attractions and events.
Off the Beaten Path
If you’re from the UK, then, when it comes to cities, you’ll probably look at options like Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin. While these shouldn’t be discounted, it’s worthwhile looking at cities that are slightly off the beaten path. Take a trip to Seville, rather than Madrid or Barcelona, for instance, and you’ll be treated to a more sincere, different type of Spanish culture. Further afield, you can explore cities such as Seoul, which is a great destination for families; book a stay at Courtyard Seoul Pangyo, and you’ll have amusement parks and nature parks right on your doorstep. It’s unlikely that your children will have seen anything like they’d see in this part of the world before!
You don’t necessarily need to visit a destination with masses of people living there. If you’re always doing cultural things, mix it up a little, and spend some time deep in nature. The world is a big and beautiful place, and if you can inspire a sense of wonder in your children – easy enough to do when you visit somewhere beautiful – then there’ll always carry with them an appreciation for the planet that they call home.
Travelling is an opportunity to step outside of the comfort zone and do something different. Why not educate your children, and yourself, by looking at a volunteer arrangement, like those offered by Workaway and HelpX? You and your family will learn a new skill, explore a new land, and gain a deeper understanding of the local culture.
In the Backyard
You don’t need to go far away to learn through travelling! Explore your local area, and you might just find that there’s plenty of places you didn’t know about. The good news about this is that you can do something different every weekend; it’ll always be possible to educate and have fun!