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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How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.