Do you take a spring break vacation with your family every year? If not, we'd like you to reconsider! There are so many benefits to booking a spring getaway with your family. Why wait until summer? Now is the time to get excited and embark on some family adventures together. We've compiled a list of some important reasons why a family spring break is one of the best and most lasting gifts you can give to your kids.
Read on and ponder these!
Give your kids the gift of travel.
Travel truly is a gift at any age. Expand your kids' world and give them life experience beyond their usual boundaries. It's the opportunity to see new places, experience new things and meet new people. Whether it's a different city, state or country, you're kids will gain insight from traveling and have a new set of background experiences to draw from and incorporate into both learning and living beyond the four walls of a classroom. Travel also requires adaptability and flexibility, as we all know things never go quite as planned (especially when kids are involved). Traveling teaches kids how to function outside of their regular routine and gives them opportunities to implement these very necessary life skills.
Give your kids life experience.
Life experience is earned, so what better way than to do it together as a family? A family vacation is the perfect chance for everyone to learn together while having fun. Go somewhere new, expand the levels of your comfort zone and do something you've never done before. Along the way you and your kids will learn about the local culture and history of the place you're visiting, get to know the local community on a more intimate level, and receive an insider's perspective of life there by attending its local events, festivals and area attractions. As a parent, you'll also be modeling the essential life skills that were mentioned earlier which include problem solving, being flexible and adaptable, and building patience to name a few.
Give your kids a post-winter break.
Adults aren't the only ones who need a break from life. Kids do, too. After the long winter months, a spring break getaway is the ideal refresher and rejuvenator your family needs. Shake those winter blues and celebrate the change of seasons with a family trip together, preferably somewhere warm, sunny and beautiful. We all need to recharge every now and again, so make the most of the kids' time off from school during their spring break. Go have some fun!
Give your kids a wider perspective.
Gaining perspective is hard when you're only used to seeing and experiencing life within its day-to-day confines. Break out of the ordinary and see how a change in latitude not only affects your attitude but also your frame of reference. The more experiences you have to draw from the easier it is to understand and to learn new things. Background knowledge gives a platform to higher learning. New experiences can reshape how children view life and the greater world around them. They get to interact with new people, explore the natural environment (that may be different from their own), and do things they can't always do at home. Give them moments where they can stand in front of a vast ocean and be reminded that they are a small, yet important, part of a bigger, broader world.
Give your kids quality family time together.
Life at home has a lot of distractions these days that often take away from quality time together. Between work, school, sports and other daily activities and responsibilities, it's hard enough to get everyone to sit down at the table together for a meal most days. Research shows that family vacations can improve communication and bonding. Shared experiences, like family vacations, foster growth and enduring connections, while leaving a positive impression and promoting positive ties to each other. Isn't that reason enough? Speaking of distractions, family vacations can be an opportunity for everyone to put technology on the back burner for a while. Give your devices a spring break, too! Opt for real life experiences in real time.
Give your kids lasting memories.
Some of life's best memories are the ones that involve trips, traveling and vacations with our loved ones. It's fun to look back on your family vacation and recall all of the highlights of that special time. There are always good memories to be shared and funny stories to be told. What a wonderful gift to give to your family! Make it even more special and memorable by creating a scrapbook or digital photo journal of your trip for a keepsake and reminder of all of those special moments to look back upon. You'll be so glad you did, and your kids will thank you too.
Give the gift of adventure.
Say "yes" to new experiences. Why not draw up a family vacation bucket list? Brainstorm potential adventures you could have on vacation or in the area you're traveling that you couldn't or wouldn't do at home. Be brave, be adventurous! Travel opens up possibilities and encourages everyone to push their own boundaries. Be open to trying new things and listening to your family's input. Then all that's left to do is make a plan. Imagine the adventures you could have, then make them a reality.
Give the gift of anticipation.
We live in a world where most things are available to us right when we want them. The digital age has opened up so many avenues for us when we want or need something right then and right there. We're used to immediate gratification and instant results. While there is a lot of good about having so much information and potential at our fingertips, it's also beneficial to remind ourselves that some things are worth waiting for. Building the anticipation of an upcoming trip, planning it together, and talking about it before it happens are ways to give the gift of anticipation. We all need things to be excited about and to look forward to, and vacations are definitely one of those things. Don't be afraid to give your kids responsibility along the way in the planning and preparation of your trip. This is an awesome way for them to learn. It also serves as a reminder of what's to come.
Consider giving the gift of a spring break family vacation every year and make it a family tradition. Then you will all have the anticipation of what adventures lie ahead for you, travels and experiences to share, and learning that breaks the bounds of the everyday year after year. And that truly is the best gift you can give!
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What benefits do you experience when you travel with your family and kids?