20 Reasons You Should Travel With Your Kids

My parents helped me and my siblings adjust to travel at a nice young age, and it resulted in all of us becoming lifelong travelers in some form or another. This is why you should convert your offspring–while they’re still young!

Everything Is an Adventure

Whether it’s climbing boulders in the Appalachians, hiking to a waterfall in Hawaii, going to an IMAX at Niagara Falls, or simply taking a shortcut through the woods at Yorktown–everything is an adventure when you’re a kid. As a boring adult, it can be fun to remember how to enjoy the discovery.

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Start ’Em Young

My mom’s side of the family lives in CA, which meant that many of my childhood memories involve trips across the country. This meant that my siblings and I were all fairly good travel experts by the time we were seven years old. When road trips up and down the East Coast started, we mastered the art of the car ride as well. I still use some of the coping skills from that time when I travel today!

If you start ’em young, they’ll be better adjusted to the strains and boredom of travel.

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Christin Lola / Shutterstock.com

Memories That Form Their Lives

Some of my most precious memories come from those childhood trips. It’s the same with basically anyone you talk to — experiences during vacations or travel have a huge influence on our lives. Sometimes these trips result in valuable time together, sometimes they result in a lifelong career dream. Either way, traveling with your kids opens them to awesome opportunities and experiences.

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Stress Free Tips for Traveling with Kids

Going to the grocery store with children in tow can be hard enough, let alone going on a vacation; but that doesn’t mean that your globetrotting has to end when you become a parent. In fact, studies have shown that children who go on holiday with their families are happier and tend to score higher in math and reading. They also obtain more general knowledge than their fellow classmates who do not travel.

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.