20 Reasons You Should Travel With Your Kids

Methods of Survival

My favorite methods create the acronym VIA BLIMPS: Video games, Imagination, Alphabet spotter, Books, Line stories, I-spy, Movies and shows, Puzzles, Songs.

Some of these are obvious, but a few that could be expounded on:

Imagination: On one of my favorite roadtrips, my mom, sister, and I spent hours imagining what our dream houses would look like. Occupy your kids with imagining places they’d like to go and things they’d like to do.

Line stories: Create a story one sentence at a time. One person in the car gives a sentence, and the next person in line has to build off it, and so on.

Songs: Though you can be a nice parent and play music your kids like, my parents also reserved the dreaded State Songs for when we were acting up. If we misbehaved too much, the educational songs came on, and we had to sing all the capitals of all the states (or, at least, all the states until our parents deemed us punished/started going crazy themselves–normally we just got through the first two songs). It was effective, and I still know the capital of Arizona.

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Travel Is Cheaper With Kid Discounts

Travel can actually be cheaper when your children are little kids, because places offer age discounts. In England, kids can even get a free pass if their parent owns certain railcards. I’m not saying you should necessarily make your sixteen-year-old pretend to be twelve so they can order off the kiddie menu, but you should take advantage of price breaks where you can get them.

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Traveling Is Important to Do Before They Turn Into Boring Bums

I often hear parents say they don’t want to travel with their kids until they are teens. While I understand the temptation, the Golden Age for Travel is actually around ages 8-12. At this point, your kids are old enough to enjoy the journey, but young enough to still be excited by everything. Don’t wait until they’re lame and angsty teenagers!

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Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

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.