The freedom to explore the world around us is something to savor. Here are four reasons to be grateful for family travel:
1. Travel broadens our perspective. Moving out of your comfort zone or everyday routine will enhance the family’s understanding of our world. Appreciate the language, dress, recreational and culinary differences and similarities of your fellow global citizens when you venture into new territory.
2. Travel builds character. Travel provides parents and grandparents the opportunity to model what matters most. Delayed flights, weather changes, poor service or a rocky road help all of us learn to live in the moment, share resources, manage unexpected consequences and see the bright side of the occasional travel mishap.
3. Travel serves up nature’s bounty. A supermoon rising over the mountaintops, eagles lofting in a barren tree, the gentle mist from a nearby waterfall: Experiences in the natural world are nurturing to the youngest of souls. Make time to travel to nature preserves, national parks, deep canyons and shimmering lakes, where dark skies allow the starry expanse to light your world.
4. Travel is inspiring and educational. Do your children yearn to learn more about art, history or science? Is there a burgeoning chef, musician or engineer in your midst? Are your kids curious about other religions, cultures or lifestyles? Whether you opt for museums, nature’s classroom or immersive experiences, expand their knowledge (and your own) by exploring new ideas together.