20 Reasons You Should Travel With Your Kids

Family Bonding

There’s nothing quite like flight delays, weird meals in local restaurants, and narrowly missing a dead pig on the road to bond people together. Even getting lost in Rome and having our parents squabble over directions for hours is something my siblings and I laugh over now. Embrace the bonding.

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Max Topchii / Shutterstock.com

Kids are Resilient

Can kids be whiny, difficult, and stubborn? Definitely.

But they are often resilient. When it’s nearly dawn, you’ve been traveling all night, and you need to walk across the Air Force base to get to the hotel… it’s the kids who will be singing Beatles songs as they lug their suitcases. When one sibling’s feet are killing them, it’s the other sibling that will point out how this street looks exactly like Assassin’s Creed, and they’ll distract each other planning how to break into the cathedral.

Often, I think, kids don’t get the credit they deserve for finding creative ways to keep going.

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Wider Understanding

It’s never too early to start opening a person’s eyes to the wider world. Kids who are taught to appreciate and respect different places, people, and cultures will be more likely to grow into adults who do the same. In some ways, it’s easier to learn as a kid, before you’re working against too many stereotypes or prejudices from the community around you.

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The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

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!